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The Glover Report: Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford Visits St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore: Strolls across Greenmount Avenue

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford talks with St. Frances football coach Messay Hailemariam during a visit today.

By Doni Glover, Publisher

(BALTIMORE – November 3, 2015) - One thing I love about Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is that he doesn’t take anything for granted. At least, that’s my take on the second in command in the State of Maryland. No, this is not campaign season. At the same time, being a Republican, he knows by virtue that his tenure is only as meaningful as the lives he touches today. Even in a potential second term, he understands - I think - that every single day he is given, he has to make it count. Often, those in his position can become distant. Folks, I saw this man crossing Greenmount Avenue today and it made me proud to see it. You do not see it often - even by local elected officials. 

I’ve known him for over a decade, and I can tell you that he is the quintessential professional. I can also tell you that he has come to the community – what some refer to as the ‘hood – on a regular basis. And it doesn’t matter where. If it is in the state, he is likely to go there – no matter how it is.

Today, he was in the Mid-East – right across the street from the Penitentiary at St. Frances Academy.

St. Frances, for the uninitiated, is an East Baltimore academic institution that is also very proud of its basketball team.

Historically, “St. Frances Academy Baltimore School for Colored Girls was opened by Mother Mary Lange in 1828” (according to its website). “It was renamed St. Frances of Rome Academy in the 1850s. The school moved to its present location on Chase St. in 1870. It became coeducational in the 1970s. We are the oldest continuously operating, predominantly African-American Catholic High School in the world.”

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s 185 years of service!

So, if you’re keeping a tab, not only did he and his running mate, Larry Hogan, return to Walbrook Junction’s BIGGY’s Community Center since their victory, Rutherford has made it his business to touch some very historic places in the community. James Mosher Baseball, the oldest African American little league in the country, and Choo Smith’s Youth Empowerment Summer Camp at the Park School are two classic examples of my point.

In short, you gotta love this guy. He is making quite a name for himself. I think people miss just how down to earth he is and how he makes it his business to speak to just about everyone. He clearly understands that the janitor and the secretary are just as important as any and everybody else. Further, like Sheila Dixon, he makes it his business to always speak to young people.

Yes, indeed. Very proud of him!    

Oh, what did they discuss? I'm pretty sure it had to do with the football team getting its own football field. At present, they play at Patterson Park.

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