Com­mis­sion­ers rec­og­nize Shorter for out­stand­ing ser­vice

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers rec­og­nized the achieve­ments and the count­less con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity of Melvin Shorter Jr. at their Jan­uary meet­ing.

Shorter, a grad­u­ate of Ken­nard High School in Centreville, has been ac­tive in the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion since 1984 and its ef­forts in restor­ing the school and reopen­ing it as the Ken­nard Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­ter.

He re­tired from Kraft Gen­eral Foods af­ter 33 years, as me­chanic, where he was known as a su­per­star be­cause when things went wrong, the call went out for him and his team to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Shorter is a U.S. Army veteran, a mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s County Chap­ter of the NAACP and the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Multi-Cul­tural Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. He is lo­cally renowned for his cater­ing and fish fry­ing skills, which he shares with the com­mu­nity at four an­nual sum­mer events.

Shorter is also the Deputy Grand Mas­ter for the 7th Dis­trict of the Prince Hall Ma­sons in the five­county Up­per Shore area, a mem­ber of Mt. Ver­non United Methodist Church since 1942, and is a trustee and fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­man at Bur­risville United Methodist Church.

Con­tin­u­ing work part­time at the Ben­nie Smith Fu­neral Home in Chestertown, Shorter helps loved ones with their grief and sor­row. He was saluted for his hard work, lead­er­ship and un­selfish de­vo­tion to fam­ily, com­mu­nity, church, Ma­sonic lodge and var­i­ous civic as­so­ci­a­tions and named as the 2016 Cit­i­zen of the Year by the Centreville Ro­tary Club.

In ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions the county com­mis­sion­ers said, “We, the County Com­mis­sion­ers Of Queen Anne’s County, do hereby rec­og­nize Melvin Shorter for his ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port in mak­ing Queen Anne’s County a great place to Live! Work! And Play!”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Melvin Shorter Jr., cen­ter, with his daugh­ter Sheila, was rec­og­nized for his Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the com­mu­nity by the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers on Tues­day, Jan. 10. Com­mis­sion­ers, from left, Jim Mo­ran, Mark An­der­son, Jack Wil­son and Robert Buckey.

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