Opponents of a proposal to sell Frederick County's nursing and assisted living centers took to protest Sunday, first in the morning and then in the evening, projecting anti-sale images on Winchester Hall.
County commissioners are considering a $30 million sale of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living to Millersville-based Aurora Health Management. A public hearing on the sale is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Posters protesting the sale and promoting a rally at the college before the public hearing were plastered across the facade of the Yellow Cab of Frederick building. Commissioners President Blaine Young, who co-owns the business, said he discovered the vandalism Sunday morning when he stopped at work before church.
Young said he filed a police report Sunday morning and hired a cleaning crew to clear the posters by Sunday afternoon.
“It doesn't surprise me,” Young said. “They've been placing them all over town on private property, historic buildings. I don't mind freedom of speech, but we also have property rights.”
Young said police were knocking on doors and asking questions of the neighboring businesses as part of the investigation.
The posters direct people to a Facebook page called “Stop the Sale of Montevue/Citizens.”
The Facebook page does not list the organizers behind it.
Dylan Petrohilos, who was organizing Sunday's light show with the groups Frederick Rising and Occupy Frederick, said he didn't know who was behind the vandalism of Young's business.
"The posters were emailed out to a number of people, so we don't know who put those up," Petrohilos said.
The light show included slogans including "Stop privatization now" and "Blaine says cut back, we say fight back."
Petrohilos said the group opted to hold the light show to bring their message directly to residents of Frederick in a new way. The lights were shown on Winchester Hall and on the front of The Orchard Restaurant at Market and Church streets. Protesters handed fliers to passing cars and pedestrians.
Jake Brooks created the slide show that was projected. He said he opposes the sale because he disagrees with selling "something so valuable" to a private company and out of concern for residents at the homes.
"We just wanted to raise attention about the hearing. We thought if we did this, it would get people out," he said.
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