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For Immediate Release

August 25, 2009

Hampstead to Fly Protest Flag

In an act of protest, Hampstead Mayor Haven N. Shoemaker has ordered the Town’s municipal flag to be replaced by the historic Gadsen “Don’t Tread On Me” flag. Mayor Shoemaker will raise the flag after a brief ceremony at the War Memorial in Hampstead at 6 p.m., September 1. The timing of the ceremony coincides with anticipated cuts in state funding to local governments including Hampstead.

“We have the so-called stimulus which is nothing more than an unprecedented issuance of debt. We have ObamaCare. In Maryland, we have a complete failure by Governor O’Malley and the Legislature to balance the state budget,” Shoemaker said. “The $3.8 billion in federal money sent to Maryland was wasted on pork barrel projects and social program spending rather than on rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Now the State is dumping their failure of fiscal leadership into our laps.”

Mayor Shoemaker directed the flag switch through his first formal executive order. “Normally, I would just call Town Hall and ask our folks to take care of something, but this is a little out of the ordinary.”

When asked what he hoped to accomplish through the symbolic change, Shoemaker was philosophical. “Maybe this won’t amount to anything. Maybe other local governments will decide to join us. In any event, the people in Hampstead will know that there is still one level of government left in America that is of the people, by the people and for the people.”

The Gadsen Flag has become a popular symbol of the recent Tea Party movement. The historic yellow flag features a timber rattlesnake and the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me.” When asked how long he expected to fly the flags, Shoemaker shrugged and responded, “We’ll see.”

On March 10, 2009, Mayor Shoemaker received an award on behalf of the Town from Jon Burrell of Local Insurance Government Trust. During the same evening Mayor Shoemaker presented Daniel Lynch with a proclamation noting his years of service to the Town of Hampstead residents as a mail carrier. Mayor Shoemaker also presented a proclamation to Allison Harmon congratulating her for her State award for community service initiatives and service.


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Volunteers Needed for Carroll County History Project

Westminster, Maryland (February 13, 2009) – The Community Media Center (CMC) is seeking volunteers to interview local residents for the Carroll County History Project, an initiative to document the history of the county and the memories of its residents. A component of the project, Carroll County Remembers, is a permanent video archive of interviews from those who have lived here.

The CMC offers History Project volunteer training on a monthly basis that includes interviewing techniques and camera skills. They also coordinate interviews between History Project volunteers and Carroll County residents who are interested in sharing their memories for the archive, a permanent collection of interviews with Carroll’s residents.

The next volunteer training workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Community Media Center located at 1301 Washington Road in Westminster. The workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required by Wednesday, March 18. For more information visit or call 410-386-4415.

The Community Media Center of Carroll County provides public access television programming and production training to local residents and nonprofits with a commitment to “make community matter.” For additional information, please visit

Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge Recognizes Top Statewide Agencies

State, County and local police agencies from Westminster, Hampstead, Manchester, Carroll County Sheriff, MSP Westminster Barrack, and McDaniel College Campus Safety were honored last week as the top agency in their respective category at the annual Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge recognition ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland. Winning a Law Enforcement Challenge award signifies not only excellence in traffic safety enforcement, but also a commitment to overall public safety. The 2008 campaign featured an emphasis on seat belt, DUI, and aggressive driving enforcement and education activities.

Co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association and the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge promotes competition among Maryland police agencies, while recognizing and honoring those that excel in traffic safety enforcement.

“More than 600 people are killed every year on Maryland’s roadways,” said Maryland Chiefs of Police Association President Chief Bernadette DiPino. “I want to congratulate the officers of the winning agencies for their commitment to the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge and the service to their community.”

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2009

Hampstead Awards Five Scholarships

Mayor Shoemaker proudly awarded five High School students with $1,000 scholarships at the May Council Meeting. Seniors Andrew Levy, William C. Jones, III, Kayla Ann Kahn, Kaitlyn Marie Coble, and Tyler Brownely Workman were presented with scholarship certificates and $1,000 towards tuition.

The purpose of the Town of Hampstead Scholarship Program is to recognize students who have demonstrated and maintained academic excellence at the high school level to provide needed financial support for students who are pursuing a higher education and to reward students who have been active in the Hampstead community.

The selection criteria for these awards are based on financial need, demonstration of a commitment to the community, faculty letters of recommendation and maintaining above average grades throughout their high school careers.

Andrew Levy has been accepted to Salisbury University and expects to study accounting. William Jones has been accepted to Messiah College and plans to study engineering. Kayla Kahn has been accepted to University of Maryland College Park and plans to be a surgeon. Kaitlyn Coble has been accepted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plans to major in education and become a teacher. Tyler Workman has been accepted to McDaniel College and plans to study political science.

“Each of these outstanding young individuals will help shape the future of Hampstead”, commented Mayor Shoemaker.

Mayor Haven N. Shoemaker, Jr., Kaitlyn Coble, Andrew Levy, Kayla Kahn, and William Jones III (Tyler Workman is not pictured.)

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