by Deb Spalding

Thurmont will “Think Pink” and glow pink, too, as light bulbs around the town shine pink for the month of October. But, that’s not all. Thurmont’s Main Street is pleased to announce their inaugural “Think Pink” event!

Thurmont Main Street, in partnership with the Town of Thurmont, is joining in the campaign to help promote awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research. Modeled after a Bel Air, Maryland, Main Street program that was started a few years ago called “Give Cancer the Pink Slip,” Thurmont’s program is based upon a huge partnership with businesses offering a discount on certain days, on certain items, or for a certain amount of time to shoppers in October. A percentage of sales during each business’ promotion will be donated to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund for cancer research. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital was established in 1999 by Jeff and Patty Hurwitz, after Patty’s diagnosis of breast cancer. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund is a fund of Frederick Memorial Hospital, a private, not-for-profit, community hospital with a 501 (c)(3) tax status. All contributions to the fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Visit for more information.

Businesses will be involved by not only hosting a coupon campaign, but also by displaying pink ribbons, decorating pink, and letting their pink light bulbs glow. This is an event that most certainly contributes to the cause that affects each of us, a loved one, or someone we know. Town residents and business owners can pick up a pink light bulb at the town office during business hours, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  The cost of the bulb is $1.00, with all proceeds also going to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.  On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, businesses and homes will officially light up the town with pink lights at 8:00 p.m.  Everyone is asked to have their pink lights turned on each night during the month of October, from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Town of Thurmont offices and buildings will also be illuminated with pink floodlights during the month, and Town Staff will be sporting pink shirts every Friday.

As Thurmont residents and business owners paint the town pink from all ends in October, there are some additional improvements to downtown on Main Street taking place. Jim Humerick, Thurmont’s Chief Administrative Officer, said, “We have a lot going on. In about five or six months, downtown will look completely different.”  Some of the improvements on the Main Street corridor are taking place because of grants that Thurmont’s Main Street Manager, Vickie Grinder, obtained to fund improvements, including benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles.

A Downtown Revitalization Project that includes sidewalk replacements is well under way. New decorative street lamps, benches, trash cans, bike racks, and parking meters posts will be installed.

After October’s dazzle of pink and the colors of autumn, think forward to November for the Thurmont Fall Gallery Stroll on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  Local artists, entertainment, wineries, and food will entertain, as attendees are able to witness the recent improvements close at hand. Artist, Rebecca Pearl, will unveil her latest Thurmont print; and artist, Yemi, will also be at the Stroll.

Think Pink

The Thurmont Town staff are shown wearing their pink apparel in preparation for their Think Pink fundraiser throughout October. Pictured from left are: (front row) Tracy Schur, Wanda Stottlemyer, Debbie Ecker, Becky Long; (back row) Brad Weddle, Jim Humerick, John Kinnaird, Lori Kaas, Gary Hodges, and Lee Hanvey.


Halloween Activities – October 25 and October 31

Halloween in the Park activities will take place on October 25, 2014,  at the Thurmont Community Park.  Activities will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. that will include snacks and treats for the kids, along with a Haunted Park theme.  The regular trick-or-treating for the kids will still be held on October 31, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Town officials ask that people who want to participate turn on their porch lights. Also, parents are asked to take precautions with kids around the current sidewalk construction that is taking place along the main streets while trick or treating.


Town Approves Purchase of Land for Community Park

Town officials approved plans to purchase land to enlarge the Community Park area. Land surrounding the area east of Route 15 and on the south side of Hunting Creek will be purchased from the current land owner for $6,000. The purchase will be paid for via funds received from the Program Open Space that awarded Thurmont with $20,000 to improve the green space area for the town.


Dog Park Planned at East End Park

Other funds for the Program Open Space will be spent on a dog park, located at East End Park.  Construction will start soon on a 7,000 sq. foot fenced-in area. Two separate areas will be set up to accommodate small dogs in one area and larger dogs in another area.  The dogs will get to enjoy some structures built for climbing. Dog litter receptacles will be provided, along with benches and tables for the owners of the dogs.


Colorfest is Almost Here – October 11-12

Thurmont will again host the largest arts and crafts show in the state of Maryland, Colorfest. Town officials want to give all residents a heads-up to prepare for the crowds coming our way for Colorfest. The ambulance and fire companies, local dance studios, boy scouts, girl scouts, and many more will participate with fundraisers. Many yards sales will also be set up that week and weekend. For any permit questions involving the Colorfest, please call the town office.

View the Town of Thurmont’s website at or call the town office at 301-271-7313 for more information.


Approval on Water Bill Ordinance

Town officials approved an ordinance that would address issues with excessive water bills or questionable meter readings for citizens and/or businesses. If a citizen receives a water bill that is excessive, they can now appeal their bill to the town. Based on details of the appeal, a person or business might be allowed to pay their average water bill amount (average of past three years) instead of the excessive bill they received.


Silo Hill Gets New Playground

Playground equipment that is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant will be installed at the Silo Hill playground area. The playground is funded through a grant to the town. The playground equipment will be installed within the next couple of months.


Bulk Trash Pick-up — October 11

Bulk Trash Pick-up is on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Acceptable items: (2 items max per household) dehumidifiers & humidifiers; washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, etc.; tables, chairs, sofas, toilets, tubs and sinks, exercise equipment; pianos, computers, cabinets, and dressers; furnaces, lawn furniture, water heaters, picnic tables and carpet (max. 3 rolls); air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (must have certified tag of Freon removed NO TAG = NO PICK UP); lawn mowers (remove gas and oil); gas grills (remove propane tank).


Light in the Park Fall Fest — October 3

The Community Fall Fest “Light in the Park” is Friday, October 3, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This event is a family-oriented celebration, sponsored by local churches. Event features free food, free Moon bounce, photo booth, face painting, a barrel train, and other family treats. For more information, call 301-447-4224.

For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, view the town’s website at or call the town office at 301-600-6300.

Mountain Fest

Mountain Fest, featuring the Eyler Family’s famous pit beef and fresh cut French fries, will be held at Sabillasville Elementary School on October 11 and 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Good food, artisans, handcrafters, superb vendors, local music, and other entertainment will take place in a gorgeous mountain setting, with lots of elbow room and friendly folks. Free parking and easy access make this event in Sabillasville a highlight of the Catoctin Highlands Colorfest weekend.

Sunday includes the annual car show, which has had over 120 marvelous vehicles on display. The car show will be canceled if there is any rain in the forecast for Sunday. The Mountain Fest happens regardless of the weather.

Sabillasville Elementary School is located at 1621-B Sabillasville Rd. (Rt. 550) in Sabillasville, Maryland. This event is sponsored by the Northwestern Frederick County Civic Association that celebrates its 40th Anniversary with this season’s activities. Proceeds benefit the NWFCCA’s scholarship fundraiser.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association is holding a Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ on October 4, 2014. Spaces are available for $10.00; rent tables for $5.00. There will also be a Cash Bingo held on October 5, 2014. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. Games will begin at 12:45 p.m. View their advertisement on page 42 for more information on these and other Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association October events.

Guardian Hose Company Fall Festival & Holiday Bazaar

Spaces are available at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds for crafters for the Fall Festival on October 11-12, 2014.

A Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds in Thurmont. Crafters and Home Party Demonstrators are wanted. Spaces are $25.00 for a table ($20.00 for each additional table). View their advertisement on page 23 for more information on these two upcoming events.

EVAC Bingo Bash

The Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company (EVAC) is holding a Bingo Bash on November 9, 2014. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. Games will begin at 7:00 p.m. Bingo features twenty-two games, three $1,000 jackpots, and a meal. Tickets are $35.00 in advance, and $45.00 if purchased at the door. View their advertisement on page 33 for more information.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

On November 9, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring The Blue Grass Chapel Band, at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 8619 Blacks Mill Road in Creagerstown, Maryland. Refreshments will be served following the music. View their advertisement on page 10 for more information.

Lacie’s Legacy 9th Annual Memorial Walk

Bring the whole family out for Lacie’s Legacy 9th Annual Memorial Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Carroll Valley Park in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. The walk will start at 11:00 a.m. Event will feature silent auctions, raffles, door prizes, and more! The cost is $10.00 per participant (lunch is included). All proceeds go to NTSAD for research and education of Tay Sachs Disease in memory of Lacie Wivell. View their advertisement on page 5 for more information.

Lawyer’s Farm 1st Annual Farm Fundraiser in Memory of Jan

The 1st Annual Farm Fundraiser in memory of Jan will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 12:00-7:00 p.m. All maze admissions and pumpkin cannon ticket sales will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association. Event will feature free face painting and hot chocolate. View their advertisement on page 48 for more information about this event.

CHS Baseball Alumni Vinny Healy Memorial Golf Tournament

The Vinny Healy Memorial Christian Outreach Fund and Catoctin High School (CHS) Baseball Alumni are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Catoctin High School Baseball Alumni Vinny Healy Memorial Golf Tournament.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Carroll Valley golf course in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Registration will be from 9:00-9:45 a.m., golf will begin at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds will go to the Vinny Healy Memorial Christian Outreach Fund. This fund is used to help many needy families and organizations in the area.

The Healy family would like to recognize and thank this year’s tournament sponsors: The Norris Auto Group, One Call Concepts Inc., Precision Automotive, Tommy West Memorial, Lamberts Cable Splicing, Utiliquest, and W.F. Delauter and Sons. They would also like to thank the following companies that are participating in some way: Criswell Chevrolet of Thurmont, hole in one sponsor; Carroll Valley Golf Course for tournament prizes; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Gnarly Artly; The Ott House; Greystone Golf Course; Lighthouse Golf Course; Ruddo’s Golf; Sheetz; and their many volunteers.

The cost is $360 per foursome and is open to all participants. Registration will be cut off at thirty-six teams of four, and they expect to sell out quickly. They have many fun games planned with prizes, so you don’t want to miss this event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donating door prizes, or playing in the tournament, please contact Vince Healy at View their advertisement on page 10.

4th Annual ESP 5K Run at Mount St Mary’s

ESP Performing Company is proud to announce their 4th Annual Fall 5K Fundraiser. The run will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.  ESP is looking for runners and walkers of all fitness levels for this year’s event. Registration is currently open online at; at ESP Dance studio, located at 15 Water Street in Thurmont; or through any ESP Performing Company member. If you have any questions, please contact David Mitchener at or 240-315-4379.

Once again, a portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated in memory of Pamela Gray Hobbs to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Last year, ESP Performing Company was able to donate $900, and they are hoping to donate even more this year. Register by October 10, 2014, and receive an ESP Fall 5K custom Gnarly Artly T-shirt. ESP loves supporting the community, as well as performing for all types of local community events. Keep them in mind for your next community affair.

“Pulling the community together for this event—old and young alike—is such a wonderful thing. To be able to raise funds for such a worthy cause and donate to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund is the icing on the cake,” expressed Erin Felichko, ESP Performing Company parent volunteer.

ESP is also looking for businesses to help sponsor the event. If interested, please contact ESP Dance Studio at 301-271-7458 or contact any ESP Performing Company member.  View their advertisement on page 19 for more information.

51st Annual Catoctin Colorfest

The much-anticipated Catoctin Colorfest will be held the weekend of October 11-12, 2014. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Breakfast will be available from various food vendors starting at 7:00 a.m. This yearly event features nationally recognized arts and crafts. Demonstrations by various crafters will take place throughout the two days, including broom making, wood turnings, and wood carvings of flowers. Shuttle Bus service is available both days. View their advertisement on page 6.

Morning Star Family Church’s Youth Fall Retreat

The Youth Fall Retreat will be held on October 24-26, 2014. Call 301-271-3633 and view their advertisement on page 9 for additional information.

Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins Opens in Thurmont

by James Rada, Jr.

donkin donutsTraffic at the new Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins in Thurmont is steady as residents walk-in and drive-thru for a sweet treat. The new business opened its doors at the end of August, but its official grand opening will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

As popular as the new store has been, it’s surprising that there hasn’t been a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins in Thurmont sooner.

“We looked at the area five or six years ago, but we weren’t too happy with the location we had,” said co-owner Brent Fauntleroy. “So we backed away and then got busy opening other stores.”

Fauntleroy owns and manages six locations with his business partner, Mike Kaminski. Together, they own four combo locations, one Baskin Robbins, and one Dunkin’ Donuts. The other stores are in Frederick, New Market, Taneytown, and Hyattsville.

Fauntleroy was named Combo Operator of the Year for Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins last year. Before becoming a business owner, he worked for Giant Foods as a produce manager for twenty-one years.

“I used to manage seven to nine employees and now we have over one hundred between all our locations,” Fauntleroy said.

He made the jump from produce to doughnuts and ice cream at the urging of Kaminski. He had wanted to own a Dunkin’ Donuts since he was a kid, but he needed someone to help him run the business and convinced Fauntleroy to become his partner.

“Thurmont has been waiting for our store,” Fauntleroy said. “It’s a treat. Everyone needs a treat.”

Besides doughnuts and ice cream, you’ll also find coffee, smoothies, ice cream cakes, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. At any given time, you can choose from more than three dozen varieties of doughnuts and two dozen flavors of ice cream.

Fauntleroy says the store has already become a popular spot for Mount students. In addition, he’s considering opening earlier during the week to better serve his early morning customers before they head down US 15 on their way to work.

“I may start opening at 4:30 a.m.,” he said. “There seems to be a demand there.”

Currently, the store is open 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pictured from left are employees, Matt, Danny, and Jean; manager Nick Cononie; owners, Mike Kaminski and Brent Fauntleroy; and employees, Sheri, Patricia, Michele, and Chasity.

Pivot Physical Therapy

by Ashley McGlaughlin

PivotAvailable at school, or even in the clinic, athletic trainers help student athletes return to the field from injuries. From a simple muscle strain to a torn ligament, athletic trainers work with the patients one-on-one to regain strength and range of motion. Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer, Kristi Voigt, is sent by Pivot Physical Therapy to supervise the student athletes at Catoctin High School. One athletic trainer supervising the injuries of multiple student athletes at a high school is difficult to schedule around. This is why student athletes usually go to the doctor, clinic, or therapist to get treatment. Here in northern Frederick County and surrounding areas, as well as in nearby Frederick, people of all ages go to Pivot Physical Therapy.

“Many injuries come from wearing the improper equipment. A lot of cleats and sneakers are more for show rather than support,” Kristi Voigt explained. Improper equipment leads to shin splints, knee problems, and even fatal issues may occur. Physical therapists bring us outstanding information. Athletic trainers tell students to go to a rehab clinic even if they have a strain. What a lot of people don’t realize is that even a simple strain of a muscle can cause loss of strength, motion, and function. In most all cases, it’s better to send them to be safe.

Pivot Physical Therapy, which used to be known as Maryland Sports Care & Rehab, is a progressing business. Their goal is to provide professional healthcare for individuals with injuries on a one-to-one basis. They treat any injury; from breaking a bone, to recovering from an illness. Every visit, patients have an evaluation. That evaluation explains to the therapists what needs to be improved; this let’s every patient have a history folder to see the improvements made, and to see what specialized activities are for them to accomplish. The equipment that Pivot offers is especially made to restore strength. This opportunity allows the patient to get back to a healthier lifestyle.

Pivot Physical Therapy is also known for their supportive guidance during and after an injury happens.

A local student at Catoctin, and student intern for athletic training, Kareena Padgett, reported that, “This place [Pivot] has helped me get on my feet quicker; everybody who works there is so supportive throughout your injuries.” Along with other athletic trainers who work with patients, Kristi Voigt mentioned personally, “I care very much for the kids I work with.” A positive attitude and caring therapists lead to a healthier outcome, and get people back on their feet.

Visit for more information or call the Emmitsburg Pivot Physical Therapy at 301-447-1670 to set up your appointment today!

Cozy House of Curiosities

by Deb Spalding

pam millerPatricia Miller (pictured right), a seasoned collector of rare finds, has opened The Cozy House of Curiosities Antiques, Gifts and Collectibles in Sabillasville, Maryland. Collections of glass ware, vintage hats, vintage aprons, kitchen ware, and various other treasures are awaiting the curious customer in this cozy farm house in the country. You will notice the “open” flags as you pass the corner at Brown Road on Route 550. When the flags are out, Pat’s shop is open.

Pat’s not a newbie in this business. She started selling her collections about twenty years ago by renting space in the Emmitsburg Antique mall. Then she owned a business by the same name in a rented house (the “purple house”) near Cozy Inn in Thurmont. Now, in the farm house she formerly lived in before building a new home near it, you’ll find antiques, gifts, and collectible items that reflect her long-time collecting interests.

A lot of her inventory is from her own collections. Pat loves glass ware, and that’s a big attraction in the shop, with collections of Fire King, Fenton, Bake light, and Jadeite. You can’t miss the numerous salt and pepper shakers, figurines, Depression glass, ball creamers and pitchers, and granite ware. “Peanut butter glasses are popular right now,” said Pat. She even has a number of toys, linens, and Barbies on display.

Pat, who has raised three children, said, “Now it’s time to do this. This is what I love!”

The Cozy House of Curiosities is located at 16609 Sabillasville Road in Sabillasville, and is open weekends or by appointment by calling 301-241-3500 or 301-241-2095. Email for more information.

Thurmont Lions Club 2014 Christmas Ornament

The Thurmont Lions Club Christmas Ornament for 2014 is currently in production and will be ready this fall. This ornament is the sixth in a series of Christmas ornaments that have been sold by the Thurmont Lions Club. This beautiful ornament depicts one of the oldest historic buildings in Thurmont and is titled “Weller’s Tavern.” This large, beautiful stone house was built by Jacob Weller in 1805, and served as the first inn and tavern in Thurmont for many years. The house is currently the private residence of John and Carol Ford and is located on the corner of West Main Street and Altamont Avenue in Thurmont.

The ornament features the artwork of the very talented, local artist, Rebecca Pearl. As in the past, this ornament is a limited-edition treasure, with only 350 made, and at $10.60 (including tax), is expected to sell out quickly. This ornament truly makes an excellent, thoughtful Christmas gift or host/hostess present.

If you are interested in ordering an ornament for 2014, contact Lion Joann Miller at 301-271-3913 or email your order along with your name and phone number to

Reference their advertisement on page 13.


by Joan Fry

Pastor Commings retiresPastor Janet I. Comings will retire from the ministry on October 31, 2014.  Everyone is invited to her official retirement service at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Sabillasville, Maryland, on October 19, 2014, at 11:15 a.m. Associate Conference Minister, Marie Bacchiocchi, will preside. Pastor Comings will be preaching. Her last Sunday to preach at St. John’s will be October 26, 2014. She is also pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Sabillasville.

Pastor Comings was installed at St. John’s on September 16, 2001. She has always been reliable, conscientious, and willing to go the extra mile for regular members and attenders of both churches, as well as local families who were in need of her specialized assistance. Well-known in the community, she could be seen putting up flyers at local businesses for church-related activities and going door-to-door with information concerning St. John’s and St. Mark’s events.

Her passion is cooking. She was instrumental in cooking suppers once a month for Hope Alive in Sabillasville and the homeless shelter in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, with the help of church members.

She has always been diligent concerning her pastoral duties, providing exciting programs for the youth and Christian social opportunities for the community, such as monthly senior lunches at St. Mark’s, free bingo evenings at St. John’s with free supper and prizes, Vacation Bible School for the community, and bi-monthly joint Bible study.  These events were open to everyone.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, there will be a joint sendoff gathering for those who wish to attend. Drop by St. John’s Parish Hall in Sabillasville (across from the church) anytime between 3:00-6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Pastor Comings will be greatly missed.








Pastor Janet I. Comings, who was installed at St. John’s United Church of Christ in 2001, will be retiring from the ministry on October 31, 2014.

by James Rada, Jr.

As the general election in November approaches, the Catoctin Banner asked candidates for the some of the offices in Frederick County to talk to our readers. This is the fifth in the series as the candidates for the Frederick County Sheriff weigh in.

Chuck Jenkins (R)


Why are you running for county sheriff?

Frederick County is my lifelong home. I have loved serving this county and its citizens for eight years as sheriff and a total of twenty-four years under three previous sheriffs. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead and manage an outstanding law enforcement agency after having been a part of building the same agency. I know the importance of being a sheriff that is accessible and responsive to the people, and I understand the complex public safety issues facing our community. It’s my goal to ensure that Frederick County remains a safe place to live and that we maintain our excellent quality of life.


What are the biggest issues that you see concerning the north end of Frederick County?

The biggest problem facing the northern end of Frederick County is the same problem faced in the other areas throughout Frederick County. It is the surge in heroin use and the increase in crimes associated with illegal drug activity such as thefts and, to a lesser degree, burglaries. Thefts from vehicles and destruction-of-property incidents are crimes of opportunity that are also committed throughout other regions of the county.


How can you as sheriff ensure a smooth working relationship with the Thurmont Police?

We currently enjoy a very good and cooperative working relationship with the Thurmont Police Department, and I can ensure that continues through my good relationships with Chief Greg Eyler, the Mayor of Thurmont, and the town commissioners. In fact, I spend a quite a bit of my personal time in Thurmont at activities with my family, and the community knows who I am. A great example of the ongoing cooperation was the 2012 G8 Summit, and the fact that we routinely back Thurmont Police Department on calls for service, and assist in any way we can when requested.


With the bulk of the county’s population nearer Frederick, how can you ensure that sheriff’s deputies can adequately cover areas in the north end of the county?

We are constantly reviewing our patrol staffing and deployment matrix to assure we have our patrol areas covered as effectively as possible with the appropriate manpower. We review call volume in relationship to local population in any given geographical area to determine patrol staffing. Our crime mapping of hotspots allows deputies to constantly know in real time where problem areas are located, and provide the increased presence when needed or requested. We serve the Town of Emmitsburg with our Resident Deputy Program that provides for additional presence and coverage in northern Frederick County. The Sheriff’s Office also provides very effective traffic enforcement efforts on northern county roads, keeping our roadways as safe as possible.


What can the sheriff’s department do to improve the safety in the north end of the county?

Frederick County is a very safe county to live in, with a crime rate of about one-half of the national average per capita (or 1000 persons). Currently, the Sheriff’s Office is attacking the heroin crisis with a multi-faceted approach that includes strong and effective enforcement and interdiction efforts, coupled with awareness and educational initiatives in the form of public meetings in our schools and communities. Those meetings include presentations from Frederick County Public Schools, the health department, the States Attorney’s Office, and the Board of County Commissioners in a collaborative effort. I am confident that our efforts in enforcement and awareness will have an impact on the heroin surge and the overall illegal drug problem, and then we will see an overall reduction is criminal activity.


Karl Bickel (D)


Why are you running for county sheriff?

I am running for Sheriff because I could not stand by and watch another Frederick County child die knowing I could do something to prevent it. With over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, and the former Chief Deputy of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, I bring the practical experience, education and training that the office of sheriff needs to stop the detention center suicides, deaths of unarmed civilians at the hand of our deputies, and to turn the tide of heroin-related deaths. Your vote for me is a vote for a Sheriff that puts well-trained, motivated officers on the roads and streets prepared to deal with our growing and diverse community and the problems it faces.


What are the biggest issues that you see concerning the north end of Frederick County?

The critical issue in the region is the heroin epidemic that was ignored by the current sheriff as it emerged, until record numbers of people started dying from overdoses: 10 deaths in 2012, 21 in 2012, and 11 in the first three months of 2014. As a result, the sheriff’s office is years behind in dealing with the problem and the associated 23 percent rise in serious crime.

The first thing to do is save lives by sending all deputies to Narcan training and then equipping them with it. Narcan is a drug that is easily administered and reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, whether heroin or a legal prescription drug. It is unconscionable that the Sheriff is just now starting to talk about training our deputies in Narcan.

The next step is to get the addicted into treatment and put together a robust community education and awareness program. We must get the entire community involved. Vigorous enforcement measures must be taken to keep the illicit drugs out of the community and prevent, mitigate, and respond to the crime associated with heroin abuse. This will be accomplished by building and strengthening partnerships between the sheriff’s office, Thurmont police, state police, and federal authorities, as well as community stakeholders.


How can you as sheriff ensure a smooth working relationship with the Thurmont Police?

As your Sheriff, I anticipate a very smooth working relationship with the Thurmont Police department, having worked successfully with Chief Eyler in the past. In addition, we both know the value of collaborative partnerships in addressing crime and public-order problems. As your Sheriff, the centerpiece to our operational philosophy will be problem solving through the use of collaborative partnerships.

Strong partnerships among local agencies and community stakeholders attracts federal, state, and private foundation funding. As your Sheriff, we will no longer turn away outside funds made available to improve Frederick County. Securing non-county funding is good for all departments and the taxpayers. Working together, the Sheriff’s Office and the Thurmont Police Department can enhance operations and develop best practices for other departments to emulate.


With the bulk of the county’s population nearer Frederick, how can you ensure that sheriff’s deputies can adequately cover areas in the north end of the county?

It’s all about how the Sheriff manages the resources under his command. Right now, the sheriff’s

office is top heavy in its command structure and its use of specialized units. A reexamination of the use of personnel resources with an anticipated redeployment of resources – particularly personnel resources – would enhance coverage in the north county.

As your Sheriff, I would have a command staff person with geographic responsibility for the north county. Their responsibility would include deployment issues, partnering with allied agencies, and working with community stakeholders to identify and respond to specific concerns and problems within the north county. Furthermore, I plan to improve the use of technology throughout the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to enhance services and free up additional resources that can be redeployed to the north county area.


What can the sheriff’s department do to improve the safety in the north end of the county?

Introducing an electronic filing system for minor crimes and printing of officer reports online will improve the safety and security of the north end of the county. This will free up valuable personnel resources to focus on covering areas of the county that have historically been under staffed. Rebuilding the trust among communities and stakeholders will empower members of the community to assist in identifying trends and emerging issues before they become full blown issues; putting “community” back into community policing!

Finally, we should strengthen the collaborative relationship between the Sheriff and its partners in the Thurmont police and north county stakeholders to better address the heroin epidemic and rise in serious crime. The use of proven technology will help with early detection of emerging problems and developing the best response to improve the safety and wellbeing of all citizens.

Since 1979, the Canaries, a group of senior citizens in the Catoctin area who love singing, have been performing choral concerts near and far.


left)Members of the Canaries Singing Group are pictured finishing a performance in the 1980s.


The group made history in 1991 when they performed at the White House. Patt Troxell has served as the group’s director for many years. “It’s so refreshing to watch the people interact with us. It’s just amazing. You’ll see them tap their foot and sing along,” said Troxell. The Canaries perform in nursing homes, senior centers, assisted living facilities, parties, and special occasions.

If you like to sing, you are welcome to participate. “We’re in desperate need of canaries. Did you know it’s only the male canary who sings? We need males too,” Troxell added.

Practice is held on Mondays, September through May, from 12:45-1:30 p.m. at the Thurmont Senior Center, located at 806 East Main Street in Thurmont. Call 301-271-7911 for more information.

(below) The Canaries are pictured at the White House in 1991.

canaries white house

Catoctin Youth Association Basketball 2014 Registration

The mission of the Catoctin Youth Association (CYA) Basketball is to provide the Catoctin area youth the opportunity to play the game of basketball in a fun, educational, competitive, and positive atmosphere. They strive to develop individual players and teams that can compete against other area teams by teaching the basic individual and team concepts of basketball.  Players will also learn the value of hard work, dedication, and committment, so that they can be successful in basketball and life.

Competitive Middle School Travel Team Tryouts: Boys—October 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Girls—October 16—5:00-7:00 p.m. and October 18—5:00-7:00 p.m.

Competitive Travel Teams Tryouts for U12 (5th/6th): Boys—October 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and October 26—6:00-8:00 p.m.; Girls—October 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and October 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Elementary Basketball (K-5th) In-person Sign-ups: October 15 and 16 in Thurmont Elementary School lobby, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Recreational U14 & U16 In-person Sign-ups: October 22 and October 23 in Thurmont Middle School gymnasium, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please check out our website at for more information and online registration.

Catoctin High Has the Best Support Personnel in the County

by James Rada, Jr.

Two employees at Catoctin High School were recognized as the best in their fields among support personnel in Frederick County Public Schools.

kim flabbiKim Flabbi, a Catoctin High program assistant and instructional assistant for special education, was named the Frederick County Instructional Assistant of the Year. Then, Flabbi and all of the support personnel category winners were considered, and Flabbi was named the Frederick County Support Personnel of the Year.

“I had no clue about it,” Flabbi said. “Mr. Quesada [Catoctin High School’s Principal] nominated me for it.”

Besides being nominated by Principal Bernard Quesada, letters of recommendation from a student and teachers were also submitted.

Flabbi is a 1977 graduate of Catoctin High School and has worked there all but one of her twenty-four years as a Frederick County Public Schools employee.

“I don’t think I can see myself working anywhere but here,” expressed Flabbi.

Besides being an instructional assistant, Flabbi served as Catoctin’s former head hockey coach for ten years, former assistant softball coach for seven years, Spirit Club advisor for six years, Junior Class advisor for three years, and Catoctin Crazies Club advisor for two years.

Flabbi said that one of the reasons she loves her job is because of the students.

“The days when we’re here but there are no students are the longest days of the week,” Flabbi said.

Glenn MoxleyCatoctin’s head custodian, Glenn Moxley, was named Frederick County Custodian of the Year. The 1981 graduate from Catoctin High has worked at the high school as a custodian for 32 years.

“I like working with the people here and making sure the building looks good for students,” Moxley said.

When he started working at the school, Earl Miller was the head custodian. Miller gave Moxley some advice that he continues to remember as he goes about his work. “He told me that we should keep the school looking good because first impressions always stick,” Moxley said.

It is something that he has strived to live by throughout his career.

Both Flabbi and Moxley were awarded statuettes and gift cards along with their titles. They were also recognized at a school luncheon.

Lewistown Elementary School fourth grader, Nik Contreras, is passionate about the NBA. That’s not unique until you realize it’s not the National Basketball Association but rather the National Bison Association that has sparked Nik’s curiosity!

According to Principal Shirley Olsen, Nik and his parents traveled to the Michigan Bison Bash, a one-day educational meeting. Nik attended lectures on the outlook of the bison industry, food processing, and bison veterinary medicine. Nine-year-old Nik is a junior member of the NBA, and the first junior member of the Eastern Bison Association. On September 11, 2014, Nik headed to the Capitol, with other NBA members, to meet with members of Congress, the Senate, and the US Department of Agriculture.

Nik’s mother, Cindy Burnsteel, is a division director at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. She says that through the NBA, Nik has had many opportunities to visit bison herds and meet with the herd managers one-on-one. Nik has visited seven bison ranches, including five privately owned ranches and two public herds: Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake and Custer State Park bison. “NBA members and the herd managers have treated him as an equal and answered any questions he had,” she said. Nik hasn’t met a bison producer who doesn’t want to talk to him about bison. Nik says, “Eat bison!”

Principal Olsen states that Nik’s learning, when combined with the work he does in the classroom, will prepare him to be college and career ready.

“His experiences before our country’s legislators and USDA staff with NBA members will enrich his classmates’ learning,” Olsen adds.

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Nik is shown at the train station in downtown Frederick the morning he left to meet with legislator and USDA members.

Mother Seton School announces the appointment of Sister Joan Corcoran, D.C. as the school’s assistant principal. The position had been previously held by Mr. Gordon Love before his retirement in 2012. “I’m very happy to be joining the school team,” Sr. Joan said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Sr. Brenda, the teachers, staff, and parents in offering our children a quality, faith-based education.”

Sr. Joan was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, as one of seven children. A product of Catholic education, she went on to receive a B.A. in Business Administration from SUNY at Fredonia. Before joining the Daughters of Charity in 1982, she worked in the corporate world, but a desire to teach led her to change her career focus. She received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, and embarked on a ten-year teaching career. In addition to teaching at the grade-school level, she worked in parish ministry and served in Brooklyn, New York, helping adults earn their GED.

Sr. Joan has extensive experience as a vice principal and principal, leading schools in New York and Delaware. Last September, she was assigned to the Seton Center in Emmitsburg, which provides supportive assistance to low-income families. She will continue to volunteer her time there in a limited capacity.

The Catoctin High School Safe and Sane 2015 Committee would like to thank everyone for their support of the Crab Raffle. Congratulations to our ten lucky winners! Enjoy those crabs, courtesy of Trout’s Supreme Seafood in New Market. We would also like to thank all of the attendees, volunteers, and donators to our Sportsman’s Bingo for making that a huge success. A special thanks to the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department for their incredible support and hospitality.

We have two more raffles with amazing prizes; tickets are now available. Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities.

New Raffle: Two fabulous vacation destinations: each for seven nights lodging and includes $500 cash for airfare or spending! Trip 1: Hilton Grand Vacation Club on the Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 29-December 6, 2014 ($2,300 value); Trip 2: Marriott Desert Spring Villas II, Palm Desert, California, December 6-13, 2014 ($2,000 value). Tickets are $30.00/single chance or $50.00/two chances. Your two chances can be one per destination, two to Vegas, or two to Palm Desert. Only 250 tickets will be sold for each destination. Winners will be announced on October 13, 2014. Please contact Cheryl Phelan for tickets at or 301-524-3106. Please see their Facebook page for more details and resort photos: Catoctin High Safe and Sane 2015.

New Raffle: A beautiful Catoctin t-shirt quilt, handmade by Kellie Beavin. Tickets are $5 a chance. Drawing will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014, at our Dance and Silent Auction. Photos are available on our Facebook page: Catoctin High Safe and Sane 2015. Contact Kellie to get your tickets today at

Golf Tournament: Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Mountain View Golf Club in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Fantastic prizes, including a $10,000 cash hole-in-one! Scramble format and 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Registration form is available online at Contact Lori Zentz for more information at or 301-271-3148.

Colorfest Parking: We are still in need of volunteers to assist with parking cars at the Weis parking lot during Colorfest weekend. Please contact Vicky Simmel if you can donate some time at

Crab Cake Dinner: Friday, November 14, 4:00-7:00 at the Vigilant Hose Company, Emmitsburg. Tickets are $15 and include two crab cakes, baked potato, green beans, drink, and dessert. Dine in or carry out available. Please contact Terri Little ( or Doug Wivell ( for tickets!

Dance and Silent Auction: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 p.m.-midnight, at the Thurmont American Legion. Musical entertainment will be provided by Redline. Tickets are $15.00 each or $25.00 per couple and include light refreshments and cash bar. We are asking for tax deductible donations for our silent auction. Please contact Shelly Toms (, Renee Fraley (, or Cheryl Phelan ( for more information or to make a donation.

The next planning meeting will be Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Catoctin High School Media Center. All 2015 parents are encouraged to attend.

by James Rada, Jr.

DSC_1127Mrs. Herrmann, Colby Runge, Skyler Holman, Michaela Stull, and Taylor Garner dip ice cream during the opening ceremonies of the Show.

Jared White (pictured center) officiated, as Logan Willard and Dustin Hahn participated in the log sawing contest on Sunday.

Craft entries at the Community Show.

Kathy Foster with Thurmont Child Care is shown at her business booth on Friday evening.

DSC_1280Josie Kaas is shown with her Siamese cat, Ben, during the pet show on Saturday.

DSC_1173Rodman Myers served as Master of Ceremonies during the opening ceremonies of the Show.

Karen McAfee spent a long day on September 5, 2014, at Catoctin High School in Thurmont. During the morning, she helped check-in youth department entries for the 58th Annual Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show. The entries needed to be sorted by class and displayed.

At noon, her role became that of a judge, walking around the gymnasium and judging the entries.

After that, she continued helping get things ready for the opening of the show. By 7:00 p.m., as the halls filled up with people, she looked around with satisfaction at a job well done.

“I love the people here,” McAfee said. “I was born and raised in Thurmont, and I’ve been coming to the Community Show since I was born. It’s a big, family show.”

During the Community Show’s opening exercises on Friday evening, Tommy Grunwell, the former morning show host of WFMD, was the keynote speaker.

“I was walking around a little while ago, and I could see how much effort goes into this,” Grunwell said.

DSC_1321With the approaching bicentennial of the Battle of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” much of Grunwell’s comments focused on the American flag and the National Anthem.

Dr. Theresa Alban, superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, also made a few remarks when she was introduced.

“The pride in this community is evident in so many ways,” stated Alban.

For more than half a century, the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show has been highlighting the role of agriculture in northern Frederick County and spotlighting the talents of area residents. More than $12,000 in prizes were awarded to the hundreds of exhibitors.

The weekend’s events featured livestock auctions, a petting zoo, music, pony rides, pet show, horseshow pitching contest, log sawing contest, baked goods auction, decorated animal contest, and more.

IMG_7377Members of the Community Show also said goodbye to one of their own this year. The contributions of Jean Myers could be seen throughout the weekend. Myers had worked with her husband, Rodman, for years organizing each year’s show, including this year’s. She passed away at the end of June.

by Johnny Kempisty

comm show ambassadorsThe Catoctin FFA Chapter was proudly involved in the 58th Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.    The Catoctin FFA Chapter Secretary, Megan Millison, was selected as the FFA Ambassador for the Community Show for 2014.  The FFA Ambassador represents the Chapter at the Community Show, attends show events, and hands out awards.   It is an honor to be selected for the position. Candidates must go through a series of interviews and are selected from a panel of Community Members.

The FFA Chapter also raised money for their National Convention trip in late October to Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier this year, the Catoctin FFA Chapter attended the Maryland State FFA Convention, held at the University of Maryland in June. There, they competed in Career Development Event (CDE) competitions, in which members demonstrate their knowledge and skills in agricultural applications in a wide variety of subjects. The Catoctin FFA Chapter had two teams that placed first, and will be going on to compete at the National FFA Convention. Those teams were the Ag Sales Team: Megan Millison, Ashley McAfee, Stephanie Kennedy, and John Kempisty; and the Parliamentary Procedure team: Dusty Hahn, Kayla Umbel, Justin McAfee, Morgan Moreland, Hannah Barth, and Kayleigh Best. Also, the livestock judging team that competed at the Howard County fair placed first and will also be going to the National Convention. The livestock judging team included Aislinn Latham, Brietta Latham, Margo Sweeney, and Ashley Ridenhour. Attending the National Convention to receive their American degrees are members, Elizabeth Shriver and Daniel Myers. Delegates, Nicole Milbourne and Jacob Shriver, will also be traveling with the teams to Nationals.

To help raise money for the trip, the Chapter sold popcorn, cow-pie bingo tickets, Boscov discount coupons, and raffle tickets to win a farm scene painting by local artist Robin Shire during the Community Show.

To further benefit the National FFA Trip, the Catoctin FFA Chapter will be hosting a Crab Cake Dinner on October 17, 2014, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Emmitsburg Fire Hall. Tickets are $15.00 a person and include two crab cakes, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, roll, and dessert. For tickets, contact Amy Jo Poffenberger at 301-676-6732 or Sandy Umbel at 240-285-6695. The Chapter will also be parking cars at Colorfest on October 11-12, 2014, at the Co-op feed store in Thurmont to raise money for the Chapter and their trip to Nationals. Additionally, the Catoctin FFA Chapter will be running a food booth at Brookfield Pumpkins on September 27-28 and October 4-5, 2014. Come out and support your local FFA Chapter.