- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Several years ago, the Academy Hills homes in Leonardtown faced a challenge when the builder declared bankruptcy and main roads in the development were unfinished. In brief, the mayor helped us get through the difficulty and the roads were paved.
So, as my wife and I drove down our streets and into town on First Friday for dinner, strolled through town and the shops, and walked along the wharf, I was reminded of J. Harry “Chip” Norris all along the way. The still-fresh sidewalks and roadways are attractive, and the lively atmosphere on a beautiful night make Leonardtown such a pleasure. The town calendar is filled with so many other events and celebrations, most initiated and all enthusiastically supported by Mayor Norris.
As someone who retired, I, like others, at times look back on work accomplishments and wonder if they are still in effect, still relevant and in use. Chip’s imprint in Leonardtown is as permanent as the stones of the sidewalks, the asphalt of the roads and, most importantly the positive spirit in town.
We hear countless times: “I wish I lived in Leonardtown” from people of neighboring areas, or “I so enjoy the town” from those who live or visit here for occasions. Those and so many other compliments are a testimony to the mayor with vision and a deep love for the town: Chip Norris.
Jim Hanley, Leonardtown