We’ll see ya around, Scotty
Scotty MacGlashan deserves all the accolades I know he is receiving after the story of his upcoming retiring appeared in the newspapers last week. He has been one of the most recognized and efficient courthouse folks anyone has ever seen over the past 24 years — and I am glad he will be around another year since elections won’t take place until 2018.
Whenever I needed a question answered about the courthouse or court proceedings, he always greeted me with a smile across that large, cluttered desk, which, if I am not mistaken, was where the three county commissioners used to sit before we got so big we had to have five and moved into a new office building. It will not be the same as I walk across the courthouse green and not see Scotty by the front door or coming out to say hello with that broad smile. It will be a darn shame he will not be able to serve as Clerk of the Court in that brand-new courthouse going up across the street.
Probably a lot of folks did not realize he is a private pilot and has a grass landing strip on his farm just south of Church Hill. My brother, Bud, when he was living and flying out of Hagerstown Airport years ago would sometimes fly over to the Shore, buzz our house out here in the Heights, then fly off to land on Scotty’s landing strip where we would drive up to meet him.
Guess we will all have to just listen as he, along with his son and a couple other musicians play their bluegrass music at events in the coming years.
I am not sure, but I imagine Scotty is the longest ser ving Clerk of the Court, and possibly, longest serving courthouse officer in the county.
Have a wonderful retirement, Scotty. You deserve it!
••• A NEW AUTHOR I look forward to reading a new book to be published in September, written by our church’s associate pastor, the Rev. Robyn Brown. She talks about it in our church newsletter, calling it a Christian novel, “a book about Jesus Christ and his walk with us in our lives.”
I must tell Kim, at the library, to be sure and get a copy for the Library’s new Maryland Room and have it on the shelf for patrons when it is released.
Author Robyn says: “the book is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. Pray that this book will reach those people who need to know Jesus in their lives, whether Christians or anyone else. I can’t wait to share this journey with all of you.”
••• WELL-DESERVED HONOR I see where Paul Reed Smith, founder of that nationally famous guitar place on Kent Island, has been presented an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service by the president of historic Washington College in Chestertown.
It is certainly a well-deserved honor for a man who has meant so much to the music world; and one who has generously donated one of his guitars to the Centreville Lions Club to be raffled off at the annual Music Festival each June. I look forward to once again selling those raffle tickets on June 10 at the Festival and showing off the fine-looking guitar to ever yone.
George Spilich, a professor at Washington College, who says he was one of the PRS guitars himself, believes Paul Reed Smith makes the “best electric guitars that have ever been made.”
Queen Anne’s County, nay, the State, is indeed fortunate to have Paul Reed Smith with us.
••• PLEASE SEND MONEY In a couple mailings last week we received a couple large envelopes from outfits wanting money.
It must have cost plenty for the International SPCA to send the 15x12-inch envelope that included a small calculator and greeting cards — and then along comes another envelope the next day from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, with an address in Wilton, New Hampshire, with another 50 or 100 labels with Ruth’s name on them, seeking money. From all the outfits that have Ruth’s name and send her labels, she must have several thousand labels.
Oh, and here’s another envelope under the clippings and stuff on my desk.
It is a really shiny one, and says in bold letters on both sides that it is for “RUTH DELIVERY” and “URGET LETTER” and “IMPORTANT DOCUMENT ENCLOSED.” Even on the back it says “IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED” and “EXTREMELY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.”
Guess what was inside: a form letter asking Ruth to buy a little booklet selling Arctic Ruby Oil.
Boy, how important is that!