Will Howard seeks third term on or­phans’ court

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - @Kay­la_S­tarDem By KAYLA RIVAS kri­vas@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — Will Howard is run­ning for re-elec­tion in the race for Tal­bot County Or­phans’ Court judge.

He first was elected in 2010, served two terms and now is seek­ing his third.

“The first four years, I was re­ally a stu­dent lis­ten­ing,” he said, tak­ing on a more ac­tive role in his sub­se­quent term.

Howard em­pha­sized that compassion is key to serv­ing on the court.

“Peo­ple come in and see three old men in black coats, and they’re scared to death,” he said. “I give them a smile, a ‘good morn­ing,’ a ‘how are you do­ing?’ and in­ter­act in a friendly way.”

Howard said when re­solv­ing is­sues among fam­i­lies in con­flict, each per­son is given an op­por­tu­nity to speak on the record.

“In some cases, they work it out them­selves and they all leave happy,” he said. “It’s rare, but it does hap­pen. That’s when we’ve done our job.”

Howard grad­u­ated from the Countr y School, Saints Peter and Paul in Eas­ton, and the Uni­ver­sity of Mar yland, Col­lege Park, where he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, work­ing part time as a re­porter for the As­so­ci­ated Press.

In 1969, he cov­ered the oc­cu­pa­tion of the Skin­ner Build­ing by Stu­dents for a Demo­cratic So­ci­ety, and also worked as a film pho­tog­ra­pher for WBAL-TV and as a po­lice re­porter and colum­nist for the Bal­ti­more News Amer­i­can.

He was a guest nar­ra­tor for the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Orches­tra at Mer­ri­weather Post Pav­il­ion in Columbia on two oc­ca­sions.

He opened three res­tau­rants, Cham­bers, Ce­cile’s and Le­gal Spir­its in Eas­ton, in the 1980s and 1990s, and op­er­ates fam­i­ly­owned Ch­e­sa­peake Bowl­ing Lanes. He started “Vis­i­tors TV Net­work,” which pro­duces tourism doc­u­men­taries with dom­i­nant ho­tel mar­ket share in At­lanta, Bal­ti­more, Bos­ton, Nashville, Sa­van­nah and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The Tal­bot County Cham­ber of Com­merce awarded the Cham­bers Restau­rant a Small Busi­ness of the Year Award in 1986.

Howard has re­ceived numer­ous hon­ors, in­clud­ing seven Gover­nor’s Ci­ta­tions from five Mary­land gov­er­nors (1983,

1991, two in 1994, 1995, 2005,

2008), three ci­ta­tions from the Mary­land Se­nate (2005, two in

2008),and three ci­ta­tions from Mary­land House of Del­e­gates

(1991,1995, 2008).

Tal­bot County Coun­cil com­men­da­tions awarded Howard for com­mu­nity ser­vice from 1991 to


Howard was a found­ing direc­tor of CASA of Tal­bot County and the Tal­bot Para­medic Foun­da­tion; founder and pres­i­dent of Tal­bot Phi­lan­thropies Inc.; pres­i­dent of Tal­bot Hospice; and chair­man of Mid-At­lantic Mar­itime Fes­ti­val, Eas­ton Air Shows, Ge­orge Mur­phy Com­mu­nity Pool, Tal­bot Heart As­so­ci­a­tion and Tal­bot County Can­cer So­ci­ety.

He also was co-founder of Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Spirit, and was named Mary­land’s Most Beau­ti­ful Per­son Tal­bot 1991 and Tal­bot Cham­ber Busi­ness Man of the Year 1995.

He is cred­ited with saving Eas­ton’s his­toric Avalon Theatre from de­mo­li­tion by pur­chas­ing the build­ing in 1986 with a part­ner. He hosted and pro­duced 40 video pro­grams for the Avalon Foun­da­tion’s MCTV and on­line at ThatManAboutTown.com.

Howard was ap­pointed by Gov. Wil­liam Don­ald Schaefer to one of three peo­ple to “Sub­se­quent In­jury Fund Board” con­firmed by the Se­nate and Schaefer Ci­ti­zen Cab­i­net.

He was direc­tor of Com­tex News Net­work, Hadron Inc., Tal­bot Hu­mane, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, Tal­bot County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Chase Bank.

Gen. Andy An­der­son, then vice pres­i­dent of the Tal­bot County Coun­cil, nom­i­nated Howard for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for a seven-part Star Demo­crat se­ries about in­ad­e­quate hous­ing in Tal­bot County.

“It was great to be con­sid­ered, but I wasn’t awarded the Pulitzer,” he said.

Howard en­joys pi­lot­ing Cessna air­planes and once pi­loted hot air bal­loons, too.

He and his wife, Dorothy, have three daugh­ters; Healy, Katie and Tracy; a son, James; and two grand­chil­dren, Stella and Lu­cas Ikonomou.



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