Let’s pray for Deputy Hogan
I don’t like to lead off our weekly visit with bad news, but I hope all my reader-friends will pray for Sheriff’s Deputy Warren Scott Hogan, who was shot in the line of duty and is recovering in a Baltimore hospital. You read and hear about this happening in Baltimore and other big cities, but never think it will happen so close to home. I stopped by the Sheriff’s office to tell Sheriff Hofmann we were all praying for Deputy Hogan.
My friends, these are the men and women who are protecting us day and night — putting their lives on the line 24/7; go out of your way to thank them for their duties.
••• WELL DONE, FELLOWS Let us go on to some good news, and we want to send along a Big WELL DONE to two 11-year-old boys from Kent Island, who have been featured in the newspapers recently for their great good deeds.
The first, I read about is Gregory Couch, who took it upon himself to go out and get a number of hand-made blankets to give to hospitals and the emergency center outside Queenstown to give children being brought into the emergency centers.
It is a national Project Linus and Gregory has started a local chapter on the Shore. This mission is to give the blankets to youngsters who are frightened and hurt and have been brought to emergency rooms. The blankets will give them a bit of comfort in time of need.
The other youngster, Lucas Hetzel, came up with a book drive idea to give to children, from birth to age 18. His idea is called New Life for Books, and he has been busy; so busy in fact that he collected far more than he expected, and the story in the paper said he had 2,000. He apparently has collection boxes around and is asking for gently used children’s books for his project. He is turning them over to the Department of Social Services to be handed out to anyone asking for one.
••• RUSSIAN SPYING? I have found it very difficult to believe that Russian diplomats who have been vacationing down at Pioneer Point for the past 40plus years have been spying on us all that time! But then, I don’t have all the “intelligence” information President Obama has at his hand.
The Raskob family owned some 1,100 acres for many years, and the Russian Embassy bought 45 acres including the two grand mansions homes overlooking the Chester and Corsica Rivers. They built a wire fence around the area and meanwhile many folks, including some friends of mine, built homes around the rest of the property; and from what I know and hear, consider the Russians good neighbors. The picture the Sun newspaper used the other day of the main mansion back in the ‘40s was familiar. I had been down there a number of times and remember taking my wife down to see Mrs. Roskob’s beautiful flower gardens.
Near the main mansion is another large home called Mostley Hall. (I’m not sure about the spelling) The story went that when Mrs. Raskob took the children down to see this other home, one of them looked in the front door to the wide open hallway and exclaimed, “Oh, this is mostly hall,” so that’s what the Raskob’s named it. It may have been young Ben Raskob who gave it a name. I met Ben as a young fellow and went to Camp Rodney with him years ago. I have a photo here somewhere taken at camp, but can’t find it.
••• MY LITTLE CARS A couple of readers-friends have told me that my tiny metal toy cars are worth money and not to just give them away.
We went on E-bay in the library and sure enough, there were all kinds of little metal cars pictured and priced very high. One of my friends who told me not to give them away, said she understood a little truck sold for more than $70,000! Whew, I would hate to lose that kind of money if mine are worth anything at all.
••• A LITTLE POLITICS I really don’t do politics ver y well, but here are a couple questions and notes:
My wife received an envelope the other day with wording PRIVATE INVITATION on the cover. Inside was an invitation to buy President Obama’s new book “Yes We Can,” “created exclusively for Ruth Tabler” on the cover at a cost of just $99, plus $7 shipping and handling. Ruth said, thanks, but no thanks!
The other note in the newspapers was about president-elect Donald Trump saying he was talking about selling all his businesses, and that he could be worth $10 billion by the time he leaves office. By the way, did he ever show us his tax returns? Do you think we will ever see ‘em?