The Apollo 13 mission grabbed the consciousness and emotions of the entire world. A small ship named Aquarius kept a crew of astronauts alive while preparing to return to Earth after a serious malfunction. When they cut it loose, they said farewell, Aquarius ... and we thank you.

The State Farm regional office has been in Frederick since 1965. It is now closing its doors for the last time as State Farm consolidates resources. This move has been extremely stressful for employees, especially since its coming two years before the original plan. “The Farm” has decided it is in its best interest to consolidate so it can continue to serve policyholders well. This decision is difficult to understand, especially for those who have years of dedicated employment and are just months short of retirement eligibility. Is State Farm is being self-serving and concentrating more on dollars than dedicated employees? None of us had a say in the decision but are forced to live with it. I was fortunate enough to be able to retire and will forever be indebted to the company, which has provided for my family and me.

While we are sad to see the company leave town, those of us who worked there have wonderful memories and lifelong friends made in our years of employment. Many of us are who we are today because of those friends and mentors.

The city of Frederick, Frederick County and surrounding counties owe a debt of thanks to this great company. For years, State Farm employees have contributed much to area economies. Employees have been on boards and committees, filled the schools and churches, guided local youth in the growing process and much more. Executives have been on hospital boards, led the Chamber of Commerce, helped (and continue to help) Habitat for Humanity thrive, led local 4-H’ers as they learned and grew. State Farm employees, agents and corporate offices have donated enormous amount of funds to the area businesses and charities. Our area has benefited greatly from this dedicated group of individuals.

In my opinion, our founder, G.J. Mecherle, would probably not be entirely happy with the current business path. However, I’m sure he would be extremely proud of the Seaboard Region and its employees for helping to make his dream a success.

Farewell, State Farm ... and we thank you.

Jolene Hart

Frederick

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