AND now, some kind words for Maryland's outgoing governor...


January 11, 1995

AND now, some kind words for Maryland's outgoing governor, from the Cumberland Times-News:

"CUMBERLAND -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer's eight years of service to Western Maryland came to life Tuesday night, as government and business leaders detailed his two terms in office through a lively and personal rendition of 'This Is Your Life in Allegany County.'

"More than 250 people attended the dinner reception at the Cumberland County Club, which served as the finale to Gov. William Donald Schaefer Day in Allegany County.

"The governor, described almost universally as Western Maryland's best friend, leaves office later this month at the end of his second term, a victim not of the polls but of the state constitution's term limits.

"Projects attributed to the support of Maryland's 58th governor -- ranging from I-68 and Canal Place to the Rocky Gap Music Festival and the state prison -- came to life at the reception, as area residents offered personal testimony to Mr. Schaefer's role in seeing them to fruition.

"The chronology dated back to 1981 when, as former county commissioner John Coyle recalled, the then mayor of Baltimore served as chairman of Heritage Days.

"His connection with the area was permanently sealed in the 1986 election, when he won the governor's office by an historic landslide. Even before taking office he plunged into the job, spearheading the effort to keep the Kelly-Springfield headquarters [and 400 jobs] in the county."

Other Schaefer projects for Western Maryland included the 1989 World Whitewater Championships and the ensuing Olympic trials on the Savage River; the Scenic Railroad and RailFest to promote local railroading history; the Performing Arts Center at Frostburg State; the planned Riverside YMCA complex; the rebuilding of fire-devastated Lonaconing and the renovated Cumberland Pasta Co. building.

They even named a structure in Cumberland after him -- imagine that. His name will be displayed on the side of the District Court building facing the Western Maryland Station and the terminus of the C&O Canal.

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