Consider erosion, says Commissioner Billy Shreve.

Is it a thing to be feared? Battled? Buffered against?

Or enjoyed?

During Thursday’s board meeting, Frederick County leaders discussed Chesapeake Bay health and a recent county study of local streams. Though the report found erosion was an issue in many county waterways, Shreve said he’s not sure how problematic the process is.

“We have this report in Frederick County. It talks about the restoration of streams, and how we can’t allow streambeds to erode, and all that stuff. Yet, we celebrate one of the greatest erosions in the history of mankind, and it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon,” he said. “It’s the biggest, worst case of erosion ever. So ... I don’t know which way to go on that.”

Commissioner Paul Smith followed Shreve’s logic to provide a vision of the Eastern Shore millions of years in the future.

“The bay has a future as a grand canyon?” Smith said, laughing.

Cohen departs from GOP central committee

The man who garnered attention last year as owner of a store that sold synthetic marijuana has resigned from the Frederick County Republican Central Committee.

It doesn’t sound like he got a farewell party.

Stephen Gottlieb, chairman of the central committee, said Joe Cohen tendered his resignation in last week, and the departure became official Thursday. However, Cohen had been inactive in the committee for some time, Gottlieb said

“No one was upset when he resigned,” said Gottlieb, who added that a search is underway for Cohen’s replacement.

Cohen had been widely criticized as owner of Classic Cigars and British Goodies, a downtown Frederick store that sold synthetic marijuana before the city banned the substance.

Brunswick veteran enters 6th District race

A veteran from Brunswick has thrown his hat into the ring in the 6th District congressional race.

Though David Vogt III has never held public office, he has been active in the community and has volunteered with Toys for Tots and suicide prevention programs, he said.

Vogt was deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines and now is pursuing a graduate degree at American Military University. The 28-year-old Republican is married and is father to two sons, according to his online biography. If elected, top priorities for him would be decreasing federal spending and balancing the national budget, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and improving the education system.

“I’m afraid of what is ahead for our children and our next generation. This generation has to step up and do something now. We don’t have time to wait,” Vogt said.

Earlier this week, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino announced his intentions to run as a GOP candidate in the 6th.

Follow Bethany Rodgers on Twitter: @BethRodgersFNP.

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A mistake or 4 needs to be corrected at the next election. There are plans in place to plant vegetation buffers around areas that obviously need it. Not a complex thing to do. Apparently the commissioner isn't capable of envisioning even relatively simple things. Elect someone to replace him that has that ability.


I initially thought that this was a joke. Seriously? I learned about stream erosion in Jr High and how it was harmful to the environment. And we have so much more erosion because of the amount of impermeable surfaces (like asphalt). If I could understand this in Jr High, why can Billy understand this as an adult?!?


Good Luck David Vogt, what a novel idea, a candidate from the district he represents...

Vogt For Maryland

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Billy would be far better off keeping his mouth shut and letting Blaine think for him. Anytime he opens his mouth with an original thought, the most asinine things come out.


That's probably the brain, two mouths.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.




[TYPO] Grand Canyon


Well... At least he knows that erosion made the


Can't even think of anything to say other than... he really that stupid.


Just remember this "Pillar of Intelligence" is the liason to the BOE. Is it any wonder the schools got shafted again in this budget with the logic displayed by Shreve? SMH


Educated people understand the logic that you have to live within a budget. Perhaps he is merely an example of the other "Pillars of Intelligence" on the BOE. Birds of a feather and all you know. The FCTA really needs a new rep.


God Help us... When is their term up?


Funny you should mention that. This BOCC already benefits from divine assistance; some of its meetings actually begin with clergy who pray for the members of the BOCC.

Just imagine what these guys might say or do without god's help.


The Grand Canyon comment is more than just alarmingly ignorant, even for someone who is already known for being alarmingly ignorant. Did Shemp Shreve fall off his scooter while not wearing a helmet on the way to this meeting? And the picture/clip included with this story shows Curly Delauter's seat empty. Did he stomp out of this meeting like a big baby, as we all know he is inclined to do?


What an idiot!!


Yes frederick county this man represents us and makes decisions for us


Billy, you've already shown us you're not too bright, so why do you feel the need to keep proving it with silly statements like this one?


Any King's Court needs a comedian with deep intelligence. A buffoon is not enough. I know, he just cannot help it. I send my blessing.


Erosion was a natural phenomenon until humans came along and started tilling the soil. We need to keep the soil in place to grow food. I think the current county commissioners plan for a grand canyon is place of the bay will result in human extinction thus ending the need for county commissioners or a county executive. Can we hurry that process along please? These clowns aren't funny any more.


An example of nit-wits out of control.[beam]


The point of the man's comments is that erosion is a natural process that's been going on for eons. Mountains are worn down by rainwater and carried to the sea to settle as silt on ocean bottoms. In our context, land-owners have a vested interest in keeping their land from being washed into the Monocacy. If land-owners don't care, so be it. Let the soil be washed into the Atlantic.


Unbelievable. They have a meeting on erosion and that's all they accomplished??

The man (Billie) knows nothing about erosion. Knows nothing about sediment and controlling sediment.

The grand canyon hasn't any communities, roads, etc.


The grand canyon does to have communities and roads. Native Americans have been living there before it was called the grand canyon.


Shreve is thinking the Chesapeake Bay could be a big sandbox he can play in...He's probably hoping there's a Borders Book Store at the bottom...Mel


“We have this report in Frederick County. It talks about the restoration of streams, and how we can’t allow streambeds to erode, and all that stuff. Yet, we celebrate one of the greatest erosions in the history of mankind, and it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world: the Grand Canyon,” he said. “It’s the biggest, worst case of erosion ever. So ... I don’t know which way to go on that.”

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard from a BOCC meeting... and that's really saying something! How about a BOCC initiative to create a giant erosion canyon as a toursit draw here in Frederick! Sounds stupid... right up their alley. Of course they could only get behind such an initiative if it involved lots of drama, profanity, storming out of meetings, kicking the old & the poor out into the streets, backroom deals, and alienating most residents. I think they should pursue it. Makes perfect sense. Does Shreve have confusion over other things that are completely different also?

Hypothetical Shreve conversations with himself: "The pyramids in Egypt are a big tourist draw, but this pile of rubble on my property isn't. They are both made out of stone. I don't know which way to go with that!" "The Atlantic Ocean is a big body of water and my toilet bowl has water in it. Are they the same thing? I'm not sure!"


Oh Billy; billy, billy, billy. If you don't have anything smart to say, don't say anything at all. Didn't your mommy tell you that.


If Billy Shreve's political career isn't already over his latest comments on stream erosion should seal the deal.


Billy's profession is in real estate
to sell houses they have to sound great
so a stream and some sand
becomes a canyon that's grand
in his mind it's OK to inflate.

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