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Current information about the We Matter Group
November 18th 2018 | 3:24 pm
Information recently posted on the Listserv about the WE Matter RXDrug Coverage Group meetings needs clarification. The WE Matter RXDrug Coverage Group is a closed Facebook group of Maryland State Retirees & Employees fighting to restore the RX Drug Coverage that was discontinued in 2011 by the Maryland legislature. Ken Fitch administers the organization, a Plaintiff in the original lawsuit. To attend one of these meetings, you must join their Facebook page or a 10 one of the regional...
Road Dawg Rumble Gala Event
November 14th 2018 | 6:57 pm
Here is the latest information from Jack Howard on how to purchase tickets for the Road Dawg Rumble Gala Event: To All: We have received the tickets for the 2019 Road Dawg Rumble, and since we have received a bunch of inquiries about buying them, we thought we better put it out. There are several ways to purchase your tickets: 1. You may purchase tickets by using your credit card or you may call 410/703-4986 (Jack Howard) or 410/703-8094 (Kittie Howa...
MTA 88 October Meeting Minutes
November 6th 2018 | 4:26 pm
The regular meeting of the M.T.A. Lodge 88 Barrack “O” Hagerstown was called to order at 6:07 PM on October 9th, 2018 at the Hagerstown State Police Barrack by President Gary Baker. Present (6) Gary Baker, Ryan Shaffer, Dan Seiler, Allen Swope, Charles Mades, Terry Hovermale Approval of Minutes Motion made to waive the reading of the minutes by Dan Seiler, Ryan Shaffer, Seconded, and Passed. Minutes were approved and posted online on the Organizatio...
Prescription Drug- Update
November 4th 2018 | 5:37 pm
MTA Digest, Vol 197, Issue 1 (Michael Houdek) 11/01/18, Michael Houdek on the MTA Listserve writes that he talked to future Maryland State Delegate Wayne Hartman in District 38-C and asked him if he will have our backs on the drug plan. He responded that he was aware that State Retirees were going to get the shaft and that his father would have been a victim also. Hartman said that we worked for fewer wages but were given good benefits, and it was not right to suspend them.&n...
Prescription Drugs – Update
October 18th 2018 | 7:37 pm
From MTA President Brian Blubaugh The Maryland Troopers Association Executive Board and Lodge Presidents met Tuesday, October 16, 2018, for their monthly meeting. Also present were Byron B. Warnken and Rebecca L. Smith, Attorneys for the MTA, and P. J. Hogan and John Bohanan of Cornerstone Government Affairs, lobbyists for the MTA. Foremost on everyone’s minds was the Temporary Restraining Order issued by United States District Court Judge Peter Messitte preventing the state from...
July 2nd 2018 | 1:07 pm
Thank you for your service always and especially over this holiday week. Happy 4th of July!
April 17th 2018 | 12:07 pm
Did you know if you're a Police Officer, Fire/Rescue Personnel(paid and volunteer) or a Correctional officer living in Washington County, you could be receiving a property tax credit up to $2,500 as approved by the State of Maryland? Only one problem...The Washington County Commissioners office has failed to act on the legislation. HB0979 passed last year authorizes local county and municipal Government bodies the ability to grant up to $2,500 property tax credit to Public safety officials. This bill was passed unanimously by both the House (127-0) and Senate(47-0), yet our local officials have still not acted on this legislation. The First Responders and correctional officers within this county deserve to know if they are supported by the local County Commissioners, especially so close to the impending election. Please take a moment and contact their office voicing your support for the legislation. They can be contacted: Email the Commissioners: email@example.com (This address sends mail to all the Commissioners and their staff.) -President Gary Baker
March 25th 2018 | 9:33 pm
At the next Lodge meeting on April 10, 2018, the Republican candidate for Washington County Sheriff will be attending our lodge meeting. I hope we can have a good showing and come prepared to ask a few good questions. Brian Albert is from Clear Spring and has announced his Republican candidacy for sheriff of Washington County. Born and raised in Washington County, he has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience. [ 332 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/republican-candidate-for-sheriff/
March 25th 2018 | 8:21 pm
The following members are not registered on the MTA88.org website and they are not getting up to date information about what is going on at Lodge. If anyone has the below-listed member’s email address, please email it to me, Dan Seiler firstname.lastname@example.org. Philip Andrews Douglas Bird Michael Brady Robert Breeding Theresa Canfield Andrew Cibula Karen Davis Matthew DeValk Charles Farmer… [ 56 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/help-contact-lodge-88-members/
March 25th 2018 | 7:08 pm
In attendance: (14) President G. Baker, Secretary R. Shaffer, Treasurer D. Seiler, B. Blubaugh, S. Ciccarelli, R. Narron, D. Bittinger, A. Swope, C. West, E. Burke, J. Hewett, D. Keller, T. Hovermale, K. Baker. This meeting, held at the Hagerstown Barrack, was called to order by President Baker at 6:00 pm. Reading of January minutes waived after a motion from Treasurer D. [ 400 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/mta-88-march-2018-minutes/
March 19th 2018 | 1:56 pm
Road Dawg Rumble Update: Lodge 88 is sponsoring a half-price table again this year for the Maryland State Police Alumni Association’s Road Dawg Rumble event at Martins West. If any lodge member would like to attend the cost is reduced to only $35 per seat. Please contact Dan Seiler if you would like to reserve your seat, 301-991-4381. We will be carpooling from Barrack “0” again this year. [ 435 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/road-dawg-rumble/
March 15th 2018 | 1:01 pm
President of the MTA Brian Blubaugh submitted new information about the Pension Reduction Tax laws Brian found a few different articles about the tax deduction modification from the Comptroller site as well as others. Rick is going to post something on the listserve too. PENSION SUBTRACTION MODIFICATION FOR RETIRED PUBLIC SAFETY Posted on Wed 01/03/2018 by fopAdmin In 2017 Governor Hogan signed the bill passed by the state legislature to provide for a $15,000.00 [ 922 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/maryland-tax-reduction-on-penions/
March 10th 2018 | 9:24 pm
Information on LEOSA firearms qualifications for retirees in Lodge 88 Retiree Range Dates: 2018 LEOSA: 04/02/2018 04/09/2018: ANDY SMITH AVILA HEWITT JULIO HEWITT DAVE ANDERSON HEGEDUS ARDINGER DOUG LOWRY HOZIK YOHMAN PHIL ANDREWS BLENARD BOB REID 04/1/2018 04/20/2018 VINCE MILEO MOST UPDEGRAFF ROBERT ADAMS HARRIS PERKINS GREG JOHNSTON SASSE MCCARTY CLICK MIKE BRENNAN DOUGLAS BIRD ED CROUSE BERNARD BITTINGER 04/25/2018… [ 73 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/l-e-o-s-a-firearms-training-schedule/
March 4th 2018 | 9:30 pm
There is a new section on our website called Police Stories. If you have a story about something that happened to you, email the text to Dan Seiler at email address email@example.com. A lot of exciting things have happened to our members over the years. Dan will be happy to do the editing and publish your information on our MTA 88 Website. You can preserve a little bit of your police history by posting your story. See the latest Police Story by clicking here. https://mta88.org/2018/03/police-stories/
March 3rd 2018 | 3:30 pm
At the next Lodge meeting on 3/13/18 at 5:00 pm Dan Seiler will bring up fundraising issues. Dan has procured a sample memorial brick from Bricks R Us. As some of our Lodge members know, our local source for getting engraved bricks is no longer available. Dan has looked into several alternatives for getting suppliers and if the membership approves we will continue our Memorial Walk at Barrack “O” with the new brick supplier. [ 33 more words ] https://mta88.org/2018/03/fundraising-for-lodge-88/