The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will have the first meeting of the park’s re-authorized Federal Advisory Commission on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m. at park headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. The meeting is open to the public. The Commission’s task is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior, or her designee, on general policies and specific matters related to the administration and development of the park.

Members will be introduced. Other topics covered include the history of the commission, its charter, review of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and discussion of general policies and specific matters related to park administration.

Commission members include several people from Frederick County:

Chairman: George E. Lewis Jr. is a Trustee Emeritus of Hood College, founder of the Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration Fund, and recipient of the 2014 Preservation Maryland Volunteer Award. As an early advisor to the C&O Canal Trust, a past director of the C&O Canal Association, and recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Citizen Stewardship (C&O Canal National Historic Park), Lewis helped lead the effort to preserve the Catoctin Aqueduct along the canal. Lewis served in the U. S. Army as a doctor of veterinary medicine for 30 years. Lewis is a 2009 recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution National Medal of Honor, and has twice been awarded the DAR Historical Preservation Medal.

Frederick County representatives:

Joseph A. Adkins is the deputy director for planning for the city of Frederick, in charge for current and long range planning for the city. Under his leadership, the city formed its first Sustainability Commission to look at resource conservation. He is on the board of the Heart of Civil War Heritage Area Commission, and the state’s task force on Sustainable Growth & Wastewater Disposal as a liaison for the Maryland Municipal League. Adkins is a frequent user of the canal through camping with the Boy Scouts, running the JFK 50 Mile Run (completing it 4 times), family activities, fishing and preparing for his bike trip on the Great Allegheny Passage.

Walter S. Stull III is a former city council member for Brunswick, where he served for 20 years. During his tenure, Stull served as liaison to the park, commissioner with the Brunswick Planning Commission, and chairman of the recreation and finance committees. Stull is a past chair and founding member of Canal Towns Partnership, whose mission is the economic vitality of towns along the C&O Canal. He is the Maryland Municipal League’s representative to the Tourism Council of Frederick County and Transportation Services Advisory Committee of Frederick County, and a past president of the Brunswick Heritage Museum which houses the C&O Canal Visitor Center. He is retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

At large: Ray E. Dinterman is the Mid-Atlantic Retail Director for REI, a consumer co-op and outdoor store. He oversees operations for the co-op in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and actively volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America (he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout) and Frederick County 4-H, where he serves as a camelid (alpaca) superintendent at The Great Frederick Fair.

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