Sunday, February 13, 2011

Story’s Ending

Until last Thursday night, Dick Story had served as the head of the Ho Co Economic Development Authority for the eighteen years. Thursday night at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, County Executive Ken Ulman issued him a framed “Stop Work” order from the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits. It was one of many accolades he received at the retirement party that drew over 500 HoCo locos to celebrate his many years of service to the county. For eighteen years Dick has been the Master of Ceremonies of choice for just about every major HoCo event but Thursday night he finally got the opportunity to sit down and enjoy himself.

He received honors from NSA, the State of Maryland, the County Council, and the Boy Scouts. He was recognized by his regional economic development colleagues as well. Tom Sadowski from the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore commented that though he had worked with Dick for years, he “never saw his hair move.”

I can attest to that. I’ve known Dick since he first came to HoCo and I can honestly say that I've never seen a hair on his head out of a place. He's our own Mitt Romney.

It was a fun evening but it won’t the last. The Chamber is hosting a “Dick Story Celebrity Roast” on March 30th at The Spear Center in Town Center. I suspect that the accolades foisted upon him that night will be a tad more irreverent.
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