1280px-Approaching_OmahaDonald Lewis stood crammed among a group of friends and fellow soldiers, trying not to lose his balance. The landing craft they were on was pushing toward its destination on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France. A strong current threatened to pull them away from their destination.

Lewis was a long way from his hometown of Thurmont, but he, along with millions of other young men, had been drafted to serve in the armed forces during World War II. Though he had entered the army as a private, he had risen to the rank of staff sergeant.

Lewis stood at the front of the landing craft hanging onto the edge of the wall. Around him, he could hear the explosion of artillery and see the explosions on the water and beach. Things seemed a mass of confusion, but it was all part of the largest seaborne invasion ever undertaken: the coordinated D-Day attack on German forces at Normandy, France. The invasion involved 156,000 Allied troops. Amphibious landings along fifty miles of the Normandy Coast were supported by naval and air assaults.

Lewis’ job in the invasion seemed simple. He was to go ashore first and mark safe paths across the irrigation ditches that crossed the beach.

However, the landing craft couldn’t make it to the beach. It grounded on a sandbar.

Lewis and the other men were still expected to take the beach, though. The front ramp of the landing craft was lowered and Lewis ran into the water. He suddenly found himself in water over his head, weighed down by a heavy backpack.

“I just had to hold my breath and walk part of the way underwater until my head was above water,” Lewis said. Though amazingly he was not wounded during that invasion, he was later wounded in the leg during an artillery barrage. His wound was near his groin, barely missing his groin. Lewis remembers laying in a hospital in England waiting to be taken into surgery.

“A big, ol’ English nurse comes walking up and she pulls back the sheet and looks at the wound,” recalls Lewis. “Then she says to me, ‘Almost got your pride and joy, didn’t they?’”

Another time, Lewis barely escaped being killed. He and other soldiers were up in trees along a road, waiting to ambush the Germans. However, the Germans were being careful that day.

“A sniper must have spotted me up there,” Lewis said. “I knew he hit my helmet. I started down that tree as fast as I could, grabbing limbs and dropping.”

When he got to the ground, he took off his helmet and saw that there was a hole through the front of it and a matching one through the back of it. Only the fact that his helmet had been sitting high on his head saved his life.

“People wondered why I didn’t bring the helmet home as a souvenir, but I didn’t want anything to do with it,” said Lewis.

Perhaps his most-pleasant memory from the war was when he was discharged from the Army. He was in line with other soldiers being discharged after the end of the war. The soldier at the front of the line would walk up to the officer at the front of the room, receive his discharge papers, salute, and walk away.

“When I got my papers, I let out a war whoop and woke that place up,” Lewis said.

Once back in Thurmont, Lewis went to work on the family farm. He met his wife, Freda, who was a farm girl, also from Thurmont, and they married in a double ceremony with a couple they were friends with.

Donald LewisLewis also had a political career. He served two terms as Mayor of Thurmont and one term as a Frederick County Commissioner. He said a group of people tried to talk him into running for governor, but he turned them down, saying, “I’m too honest for that.”

Lewis and his wife ran a sporting goods store and greeting card store on the Thurmont square for many years. He is now ninety-six years old and still living on his own. “I want to live to be one hundred,” he said. “After that, I’ll take what I can get.”

Veterans Day is on November 11. Make sure to thank any Veterans you know for their service, and attend one of the special Veterans Day activities going on in the area.

The Germans started firing on the beach and the landing craft. Lewis focused on his job and began marking the paths where troops could cross.

“When I looked back, men were laying everywhere,” Lewis said. “Just about everyone on the boat was dead.”

After the war, when he was invited back to Normandy for the anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Lewis always turned down the invitations. Now ninety-six years old, he has never returned to Omaha Beach.

“I’ve seen all I wanted to,” he said.

James Rada, Jr.

It might be Rube’s Crab Shack now, but in the 1930s, the building that sat on that piece of property was a chicken house…literally.

“My father got a tractor and dragged a chicken house down the road to there,” says Mike Fitzgerald.

Two gas pumps were added and the site became a gas station for travelers going north to Pennsylvania and Gettysburg. Mike remembers that the station sold Atlantic gasoline and that a person could buy five gallons for just 90 cents. That same amount costs about $16.00 nowadays.

“When Prohibition ended in 1932, my dad replaced the chicken house with an inexpensive six-sided building,” says Fitzgerald.

The business also started offering food that Naomi Fitzgerald, Mike’s mom, prepared. Advertisements proclaimed that Fitz’s had “Maryland’s Finest Hamburgers.” Diners could also get steamed crabs and soft-shell crab sandwiches there, which is something many Emmitsburg residents had never eaten before.

Before long, Mike’s father, Allen, was expanding that business to include a dining room and bandstand. He also added slot machines in the bar area.

“People on the road would stop in to play the slot machines in the bar and buy a hamburger for 10 cents and a beer for 15 cents,” Fitzgerald says.

Fitz’s soon became a popular off-campus place for Mount students to go and have fun.

“In 1963, a guy came in who knew Dad,” Mike says. “He was an attorney in New York. He said that when he went to the Mount and would run out of money, my dad would give him credit.”

That surprised him a bit, but it also answered a question that Fitzgerald and his mother had been wondering about.

“When Dad died in 1940, we found a cigar box filled with class rings,” says Mike.

While Allen was willing to extend credit to the Mount students, he would hold their class rings as collateral. Judging by the number of class rings in the box, a number of students never paid off their bar tabs.

Naomi took the rings and gave them to someone at the college in the hopes that they might be reunited with the owners. The Catoctin Banner inquired at the Mount about what happened to the rings. We were told that someone would check and get back to us about it, but that didn’t happen. So, once again, those rings are “out of sight, out of mind.”

Editor’s note: This is a new feature that The Catoctin Banner is introducing, where we tell the stories of the Northern Frederick County communities through the eyes of the older generation. If you have an interesting story that you would like to tell, contact us at news@thecatoctinbanner.com.

by Michele Cuseo


Christmas in Thurmont—December 6

The 12th Annual Christmas in Thurmont event starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Mechanicstown Square Park with a ribbon cutting. This event is meant to help support local businesses by asking citizens to shop locally.  Shoppers can register for free prizes and enjoy hot cider and cookies from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Event also features a game to “find the Elf” in each participating business in order to win free prizes. Learn more about the game rules when registering for this event. Donations of warm coats and non-perishable food are being accepted at the square and Hobbs Hardware during the event.

Bring kids to visit Santa and get free photos with a Christmas stocking (for first 250) during the following times: Photos with Santa at the Square park, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Santa reads a story to the kids at the Thurmont Library, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; Santa visits with kids again at the Gazebo, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., join the Lions Club for the Remembrance tree lighting with caroling next to the PNC bank,  followed by the prize drawing at 5:00 p.m. at Hobb’s Hardware.

Call Heather Dewees at 301-471-7313 for additional information on participating as a business or a shopper.

Food Bank and Coat Drive in Thurmont

Drop-off boxes to collect winter coats and canned food goods will be available at the Christmas in Thurmont event and at many participating businesses, including Hobbs Hardware.

Organizers and businesses encourage all shoppers to bring a canned food item for donation to help with the spirit of giving for this holiday season.

Sidewalk Construction Update

The sidewalk construction that incorporates the handicap accessibility design is almost complete on E. Main Street. More sidewalk work will continue throughout November and December. Town officials ask that you please be aware of the traffic and safety issues while Thurmont gets this upgrade.

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


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot “Emmitsburg Wattle Waddle” to Benefit Seton Center

The 6th Annual Wattle Waddle will be held on Thanksgiving day.  Activities start at the Emmitsburg Community Park (parking behind Library and next to Community Pool) at 8:30 a.m. with the 5-Mile run. Walkers and spectators can enjoy an early morning breakfast from the Holy Grounds Café that will include turkey bacon at 8:45 a.m. Walkers will enjoy a walk through the grounds of St. Catherine’s and St. Joseph’s.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seton Center, Inc., our local non-profit organization that helps the needy in Northern Frederick County. For more information, visit the website at www.emmitsburgturkeytrot.com or call David Weigelt at 240-575-5399.

Lions Club Bake Sale—November 22

The Lions Club will hold a Bake Sale at the Emmitsburg Jubilee shopping center on November 22, 2014. Proceeds will provide school scholarship funds to college-bound Emmitsburg high school students. Any student who lives in the Emmitsburg area can apply for the scholarship.

Emmitsburg Holiday Party—December 6

Children can look forward to a magic show, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, and other fun activities to celebrate the holiday season this year. Activities start at 9:00 a.m. at the Fire Hall. Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. and stay until 1:00 p.m. The Lions Club will be collecting canned goods for their annual Christmas Baskets program, which helps approximately sixty local families in need. Drop-off boxes are also located at Jubilee Foods and other business locations.  Anyone who would like to contribute for the holidays can mail checks to:  Emmitsburg Lions Club, PO Box 1182, Emmitsburg, MD  21727.

Working Together for Park Equipment in Silo Hill

Commissioner Mellor strongly advocated for the new park equipment in Silo Hill. There was a lot of teamwork between her, the mayor, and the town staff. The playground is funded through a grant to the town.

View the Town of Emmitsburg’s website at www.emmitsburgmd.gov or call the town office at 301-600-6300 for more information.

MSS Breakfast with Santa & Christmas Bazaar

Shop Mother Seton School’s (MSS) Christmas Bazaar and enjoy the Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at 100 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Event features door prizes, crafters, bake table, pictures with Santa, and more! New this year is a Kid’s Bazaar, featuring lots of gifts under $10.00. Admission to Bazaar is free. Breakfast with Santa tickets are $7.00 (age 7 to adult); $5.00 (ages 3 to 6); free (ages 2 and under).

Start Pulling Out Your Holiday Decorations!

The Catoctin Banner’s

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Will your home sparkle and shine in celebration of the holiday season? Be festive, creative, and use your imagination when decorating, then enter The Catoctin Banner’s Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Nominate your own home or a home you think could win by Friday, December 19, 2014. The Catoctin Banner will judge only the homes you nominate on December 19 and 20, so please leave your lights on for us between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Please email The Catoctin Banner at news@thecatoctinbanner.com to give the address of the home you are nominating. Homes must fall within the coverage area of the newspaper, which includes zip codes 21780, 21719, 21787, 21788, and 21727. We will feature a photo of the winning house in the January 2015 issue. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of the Decortating Contest, as well as to the runner-up. Happy Decorating!

Beth Watson and the Thurmont Thespians Present Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Come enjoy a good hearty laugh with the funniest farce ever written. Noises Off is a roller coaster, side-splitting look at theatre—inside and out—as a hapless troupe of actors attempt to mount the dreadful comedy Nothing On. Door slamming, missed cues, and romantic intrigue will have you roaring with laughter as the casts’ collective sanity slowly unravels.  Yet, the show must go on, despite the catastrophe being played out on stage and the vicious antics among the actors backstage.  All-the-while, an ill-fated tray of sardines mysteriously appears and disappears.

Michael Brown is directing this talented cast. The cast includes Rose Alexander as Dotty, Matt Bannister as Lloyd, Kyle Tirak as Garry, Erin Schwartz as Brook, Dr. Greg Ochoa as Frederick, Jennifer Brown as Belinda, Paul Smaldone as Selsdon, Emily Cofer as  Poppy, and Ian Fowler as Tim.

The creative team includes scenic and sound design by Michael Brown, costume design by Mary Lou Royer, and lighting design by Cynthia Kaminsky. The stage manager is Paula Smaldone, and the master carpenter is Rich Friis.

Performances will be held in the Thurmont American Legion auditorium, located at 8 Park Lane in Thurmont, on November 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2014, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Performances on November 9 and 16, 2014, will have a 2:00 p.m. curtain. The ticket price is $15.00 per person.  There will also be a dinner theater on November 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. for $35.00 per person (dinner and show included.)  Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 301-271-7613. Tickets will also be available at the door, though seating is limited. Noises Off is being presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Cast of Noises Off from left: (front row) Erin Schwartz, Matt Bannister, Rose Alexander; (back row) Ian Fowler, Paul Smaldone, Kyle Tirak, Jen Brown, Greg Ochoa. In the cast, but missing from the photo is Emily Cofer.

Old Field Woodworking’s Christmas Open House

See what they can create for you at Old Field Woodworking’s Christmas Open House in Thurmont on November 22, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Bring in and show them their advertisement and you can receive a discount!

Troxell—One Name…One Night

Catoctin High School and the Thurmont Senior Center present Troxell—One Name…One Night concert on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at Catoctin High School in Thurmont. The concert benefits the Catoctin High School Music Program and the Thurmont Senior Center. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets reserved in advance are $10.00 per adult (age 17 and up) and $5.00 for ages 16 and under. Tickets purchased at the door will be $12.00 per adult and $8.00 for ages 16 and under.

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.

Concerts at MorningStar Family Church

Come on out to the Southern Gospel Concert with Kevin Spencer, Gaither Alumni, at the MorningStar Family Church, on November 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. View their advertisement on page 38 for more information.

MorningStar Family Church will also be holding a Quiet Love Concert “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.

MSS Thirty-One, Coach & Vera Bradley Bingo

Mother Seton School (MSS) is holding a not-to-miss Thirty-One, Coach & Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 100 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with games starting at 7:00 p.m. Bingo features specials, raffles, and door prizes. Concessions will be for sale. The cost for tickets for twenty games is $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. Event is sponsored by the MSS Home & School Association.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association is holding a Cash Bingo on November 2, 2014. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. Games will begin at 12:45 p.m. Their Meat Raffle and Buffet will be held on November 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Country Butchering

Country Butchering will be held on November 22, 2014, at the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, located at 13527 Motters Station Road in Rocky Ridge, Maryland. Benefits Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company.

Veterans Day Open House at Thurmont Senior Center

An Open House Veterans Day Celebration honoring our local Veterans and their families from Thurmont and Northern Frederick County areas will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Thurmont Senior Center, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The American Legion, AMVETS, Emmitsburg VFW, the DAV, Thurmont Lion’s Club, Main Street Thurmont, The Catoctin Banner, Catoctin Civitan Club, and others will be on hand to honor the Veterans. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and Chuck Fisher will be providing entertainment. Scheduled guest speakers will be Attorney David Wingate, Eldercare, at 12:00 p.m.; James Burger, Fort Detrick Community Based Outpatient Clinic Coordinator, at 1:00 p.m.; Mike “Mad Dog” Sater of DAV, at 2:00 p.m.; John Kempisty will do a presentation about a captured WWII Nazi flag with the flag on display. Parking is available at the Center, behind the Police Station, and across the street at the elementary school.

Retro-Rockets 50’s and 60’s Dance

Rock and Roll with the Retro-Rockets on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Emmitsburg Ambulance Hall, located at 17701 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. The dance will be held 8:00 p.m.-midnight. Tickets in advance are $15.00 per person or $100 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.00 per person or $35.00 per couple. Benefits Emmitsburg Osteopathic Primary Care Center (EOPCC).

Trinity United Church of Christ’s Veterans Day Worship Service and Recognition

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, Trinity United Church of Christ will hold a special Veterans Day Worship Service and Recognition at the church, located at 101 East Main Street in Thurmont. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m., with a luncheon immediately following. Special recognition will be given to those currently serving, those who have previously served, as will as any named persons who are deceased and had served their country. Honored guests are Dale Williams, speaking; Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, reading Veteran’s names; Honor Guard, patriotic music; musical group Solid Ground; Larry Clabaugh, patriotic readings.

The Wonder of Winter Art Exhibit

Don’t miss the Art Exhibit featuring The Wonder of Winter, being held on Saturday and Sunday, November 15-16, 2014, at 14726 Old Frederick Road in Rocky Ridge, Maryland, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and raffles will be held for special prizes. The event benefits the Catoctin Forest Alliance.

Santa’s Christmas Craft Show

Visit the Santa’s Christmas Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, 2014, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, located at 708 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster, Maryland. Event times are: Saturday, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost is $3.00 for adults; children, ages 15 and under, are free. You won’t want to miss seeing Santa arrive in a helicopter on Saturday (weather permitting) at 11:00 a.m.!

Guardian Hose Company Holiday Bazaar

A Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Guardian Hose Company’s Activities Building, located at 123 East Main Street in Thurmont, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Bazaar will feature crafts, The Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, and more!

Volunteers Wanted! Sunday, November 2, 2014, will be a trail work day, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The day begins at Rainbow Lake on Hampton Valley Road in Emmitsburg, with free coffee, doughnuts, orange juice, bagels, and fruit, and the day finishes with a barbecue in the Community Park. Please consider joining us. Tools will be provided. Dress for the weather. Interested or Questions? Please contact Commissioner Tim O’Donnell at TODonnell@EmmitsburgMd.Gov.

Thurmont Holiday Gallery Stroll

The Thurmont Holiday Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Main Street in Thurmont. Rebecca Pearl will unveil her two new portraits: Cozy Restaurant and Trinity United Church of Christ. Yemi will have a genre of his Thurmont artwork, along with Joann and Nancy selling great mural items for Christmas gifts! The event features great musical entertainment by Paul Zelenka and Mary Guiles, local artist Gnarly Artly with cool art, and Judy Ott showing her pottery. The Thurmont Regional Library will be on hand for kid art participation. Other local artists will be there, too. Also, Detour Winery will be present for tasting and purchasing, with great appetizers from Celebrations Catering, and much, much more!

Be at Heart & Hands for the unveiling at 6:00 p.m. of the new art for the front of the Masons building and side. Heart & Hands will be the talk of the county!

For more information or to become a participant, email vgrinder@thurmontstaff.com.

Free Children’s Christmas Party

The Emmitsburg Lions Club will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party on December 6, 2014, at the Vigilant Hose Company, located at 25 East Main Street in Emmitsburg, starting at 10:00 a.m. The event is free and will feature children’s crafts, face painting, Khan-Du the magician, and hot dogs and hot chocolate. It is also anticipated that Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance.

Catoctin Forest Alliance Art Exhibit and Show

Catoctin Forest Alliance (CFA) will be celebrating “The Wonder of Winter” in an art exhibit and show on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, 2014, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., at the Art Studio, located at 14726 Old Frederick Road in Rocky Ridge, Maryland. The exhibit will feature original paintings, photographs, prints, and cards done by local artists. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the CFA. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information about the art exhibit and show, contact Elizabeth Prongas at 301-271-4459.

CFA is a 501 c 3 organization and is partnered with Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park. Their mission is to preserve and promote the health of the Catoctin Mountain forest for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. Some of the programs that CFA conducts include SUCCESS, Seasons 101, Artist in Residence, and Trout in the Classroom. SUCCESS is a program with the FCPS that brings youth to the parks, where they learn about CPR, plants and animals, the use of hand tools, trail safety, etc. The students put their knowledge and skills to use as they do projects in the parks. The Seasons 101 program brings youth to the parks to  learn about fishing, orienteering, creek exploration, and photography. Bringing youth to the forest is a step in growing the next generation of forest stewards.

The Artist in Residence program brings juried artists from all over the United States to Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park for two-week residencies (three per year).  During the residency, each artist does a public presentation in the parks. Then the artist donates one piece of art to CFA. The art pieces have been exhibited at the Delaplaine Center for the Arts and the Thurmont Regional Library. The collection of art will soon be displayed in the Manor Area Visitor Center at Cunningham Falls State Park.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a project conducted through Chuck Dinkle, Maryland TIC Coordinator. CFA provides fish tanks and coolers, plus some man power to deliver the trout eggs to the schools. Currently, there are seventeen schools in Frederick County participating in the TIC program.

For more information about CFA, visit www.catoctinforall.org or contact Jim Robbins, CFA President, at jimrobbins@comcast.net or 301-693-9703.

Poetry Reading at Holy Grounds Cafe

On November 21, 2014, Jane O’ Callaghan Edwards—poet, librarian, and storyteller—will read at “Catoctin Voices” Evening of Poetry, at 7:00 p.m. at the Holy Grounds Cafe in Emmitsburg. Edwards is the publisher/editor of a literary and photography journal, First Lights. Poets and the public are invited. Open readings precede. For more information, call 301-418-3375.

Noises Off

Noises Off presented by Thurmont Thespians on November 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2014: 7:30 p.m. Showtime; November 9 and 16, 2014: 2:00 p.m. Showtime; November 15, 2014: Dinner Theater, 6:30 p.m. Showtime. Call 301-271-7613 for tickets. Performanes held at the American Legion, located at 8 Park Lane in Thurmont.

Foothills Artists

The 8th Annual Foothills Artists Studio tour will be held on November 22 and 23, 2014. Meet local artists in their studios where their work is created. Meet four new artists this year among the ten studios, representing painting, pottery, woodworking, calligraphy and printmaking, jewelry, color pencils, stained glass, and photography. Studios are open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Foothillsartists.net for locations and additional information about the artists. Come and enjoy the beautiful Fairfield valley; bring the family, meet the artists, enjoy the day!


Lindsay Brandt

eyler stablesThe Eyler Stables in Thurmont now hosts weekend flea markets. The idea for opening the stables for weekend markets was that of owner, Niki Eyler, and her friend, Emily Kemp, who has been working a similar operation in Virginia.

The Eyler Stables property has been in the Eyler family for generations. Eyler’s great-grandparents started the facility in 1933, and it was then handed down to her grandparents, then to her father, and now to Niki, who was born and raised on the property. She took over the management of it in 1999. “This facility was just sitting empty for most of the month, and I just really wanted something else going on here,” Eyler said.

Eyler stated that the grand opening of the market was held on October 3, 2014. The market has had a good response from the community. Eyler recalls, “On the first day, we were going to close at 3:00 p.m., but I was here until a quarter after eight. People just kept milling in and looking around, and I was like, ‘well, just hang out, look around!’ It was great. I had two people who just came to browse and actually want to rent vendor space!” (Both indoor and outdoor are available.)

Eyler’s goal is to have as many vendors as possible. She hopes to fill the outdoor space and grow that portion of the flea market. She states that the property could hold limitless vendors, but easily accommodates over a hundred.

The flea market will ultimately sell anything and everything. “Most vendors are local; I have some people from Pennsylvania who have some things consigned, as well as from Virginia. We have some outdoor vendors who come from the tri-state area who will set up during the weekends.”

Among the many things Eyler has put up for sale, three small vases that she has acquired stick out to her. When she bought them, she discovered the items had pieces of paper stuck in them. When she pulled out the note in the first vase, she read, “Vase is given to Nancy, 1945.” Eyler then pulled the second vase closer, pulling out a second piece of paper, which read, “In remembrance for Nancy on her second birthday, from Mrs. Dudrear.” The third vase, and the last piece of paper, contained the information on Mrs. Dudrear’s obituary. “I just thought that was so neat, you know, a little bit of history tied to those vases.”

The Eyler Stables Flea Market will stay open (through the end of the year) every Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sundays, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. They will take a short break before reopening in the spring.

For an indoor, 8-foot space, the cost is $40.00 a month. You stock your own merchandise and price it. If you want just a weekend at the market, the cost is $20.00 for one day, $30.00 for two days, and $40.00 for all three days.

Lindsay Brandt

Sharon-Burd-USEWhen the residents of Sabillasville, Maryland, travel to their local post office, they won’t be seeing the familiar face of their resident postmaster, Sharon Burd, kindly waiting to help them. Sharon Burd (pictured right) of the United States Postal Service retired from her post on September 28, 2014, after almost thirty-one years. “I like working here, because you get to see all local people you know every day,” said Burd.

Burd has been the postmaster at the Sabillasville Post Office since 2006. She started working for the United States Postal Service in 1983, and after working in both Frederick and Hagerstown, she wound up at the Sabillasville location when the post opened in 2006.

Burd grew up and attended school in Upstate New York. She met her husband, Dick, while in school, and they became high school sweethearts. As young high school students, they are pictured on the cover of their year book holding hands. Their family grew to include their five children, sixteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. They relocated to Sabillasville, because her husband, who was in the U. S. Navy, was stationed in the area.

Before working for the USPS, Burd taught classes part-time at the YMCA in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. In addition, for a span of twelve years, she volunteered her time as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader in Sabillasville, while also teaching Sunday school at St. John’s United Church of Christ, also located in Sabillasville.

Burd already has big plans for her retirement. She wants to continue the renovation of her 100-year-old house, and to cross a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum off of her bucket list. She plans to visit the museum with her sisters.

Burd has three sisters and three brothers. Though they reside at various points across the United States, she remains close with her siblings by talking with them each week by phone. She even had a recent surprise visit by her brother, who was in the area during a business trip from New York. She was working around the house and the doorbell rang, revealing her brother. They were able to spend some time together before they went to watch her grandson play football.

Her daughter, Shannon (Burd) Brown, said, “She worked nights for twenty years. She hardly slept, but she did all of this stuff. She is a very good mom, always doing fun stuff. I’m glad she’s my mom; I definitely got lucky in the mom category.”

Daughter, Pamela (Burd) Beard, said, “My mom had an outstanding career with the United States Postal Service. I remember how excited she was to become the postmaster at the Sabillasville Post Office. She was always courteous and professional to all customers. She provided customer service with a personal touch.” Pamela’s daughter and Burd’s granddaughter, Camelia Beard, expressed, “I really enjoyed going to work with my Grandma. I saw the importance of good customer relations. People came to the Sabillasville Post Office from all over the area. She did a great job.”

Her role of mother doesn’t just apply to her actual family. Her coworkers at the Post Office noted how she always said that they were her kids, too. “She worries about us from the time we leave to go on the road until the time we get back,” said Pam from the Sabillasville United States Post Office.

Throughout the years, Burd would bring eggs from her chickens to share with her employees. They even stenciled “Burd’s Eggs” on the cartons.

“It’s going to be sad after all this time,” Burd said.  Her coworkers in Sabillasville, including Pam, Davie, and Jay, stated that she was very easy to work for, adding, “We are going to miss her.”

Pet Show

The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show Pet Show was held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Catoctin High School.

Judges for this event were Jim and Barbara Mofffatt of Mount Pleasant, Maryland, and Chairmen were Dave Harman and Dave Johnston.

The judges selected Amber Sanders and her Huskie dog as Champion. She received a gift certificate to Thurmont Feed Store and a rosette ribbon. Selected as reserve Champion was Maxine Troxell with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. She received a gift certificate to Main Street Groomers and a rosette ribbon.

Food coupons from Roy Rogers, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken were given to those participating and spectators. The Thurmont Feed Store, LLC donated pet food for the event.

Winners are listed as first, second, third, and honorable mention respectively: Cat with Prettiest Eyes—Abbey Shaffer, Paige-Maree Woods, Madison Flohr, Josie Kaas; Cat with Longest Whiskers—Peggy King, Madison Flohr (tie for first), Abbey Shaffer, Britany and Bethany Study, Josie Kaas (tie for third), Paige Marie Woods; Cutest Cat—Josie Kaas, Karen Kinnaird, Madison Flohr; Best Trained Pet—Jillian Fedor, Tracy Beeman, Gina McCracken; Dog with Wiggliest Tail—Maxine Troxell, Donnie Kaas, Debbie Howd (tie for second), Ashlyn Summerall; Prettiest Dog (25 pounds and under)—Chelsea Smith, Emily Kline, Lauren Ames (tie for second), Maxine Troxell, Anthony Miller; Prettiest Dog (26 pounds and over)—Amber Sanders, Gina McCracken, Melissa Fedor, Donnie Kaas (tie for third), Nicole Flohr, Debbie Howd (tie for honorable mention); Best Costumed Pet—Linda Herr, Paige Maree Woods, Anthony Miller (tie for second), Cole and Carley Hahn, Maxine Troxell; Largest Pet—Nicole Flohr, Gina McCracken; Most Unusual Pet—Brittan Sweeney, Madison Flohr, Britany Study, Tanner Seiss, Masten Rosensteel; Smallest Pet—Tanner Seiss, Britany Study, Madison Flohr.

Horseshoe Pitching Contest and Log Sawing Contest

 Winners in the 34th Annual Robert Kaas Memorial Horseshoe Pitching Contest were:  First place—Rick Wivell and Jeff Snyder; Second place—Roy Wivell and Dick Glass; Third place—Dave Wivell and Russell Kaas.

The 34th Annual Log Sawing Contest winners were: Children’s Division (14 years old and younger): First place—Ryan and Owen Liller (53:00); Second place—Gavin Valentine and Waylon Farmer (54:51); Third place—Rayn Tice and Wyatt Davis (1:14); Men and Women’s Division: First place—Justin and Ashley McAfee (20:00); Second place—Denny Willard and Kayla Umbel (24:10); Third place—Mark and Jessica Valentine (28:06); Men’s Division: First place—Justin McAfee and Jeff McAfee (21:00); Second place—Jonathan Hubbard and Robert Hahn (22:00); Third place—Johnny Kempisty and Dustin Hahn (34:76).

Decorated Animal Contest

The winners of the Decorated Animal Contest were: Champion—Peyton Davis (Sheep); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Goat). Other participants included Olivia Dutton (goat). The Judge of the Decorated Animal Contest was Emma Main, Regional Operational Manager of Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, located in Frederick, Maryland.  Each of the contestants received a ribbon, and prize money will be divided among all of the contestants.


Champions and Reserve Champions

Fresh Fruits: Champion—Chris Black (Cortland Apples); Reserve Champion—Wyatt Black (Sugar Giant Peaches).

Fresh Vegetables: Champion—Brian Harbaugh (Onions); Reserve Champion—Bernard Hobbs (Collection of five different vegetables).

Home Products Display: Champion—Roxanna Lambert; Reserve Champion—Charlotte Dutton.

Canned Fruit: Champion—Linda Franklin (Peaches); Reserve Champion—Linda Franklin (Applesauce).

Canned Vegetables: Champion—Deborah Howard (Spaghetti Sauce); Reserve Champion—Sarah Jones (Corn).

Jellies & Preserves: Champion—Donald Stanley (Blackberry Jelly); Reserve Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Strawberry Jelly).

Pickles: Champion—Deborah Howard (Asparagus); Reserve Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Watermelon Pickles).

Meat (Canned): Champion—Ann Welty (Fish); Reserve Champion—Kiristin Dugan (Chicken).

Baked Products – Bread: Champion—Maxine Troxell (Sweet Buns); Reserve Champion—Althea Wood (Dinner Rolls).

Cake: Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling).

Pie: Champion—Maxine Troxell (Pie–other variety); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Pecan Pie).

SDSC_1264ugar Free: Champion—Jill Holler (Chocolate Kaluha Cake); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Diabetic Bread).

Gluten-free Baked Product: Champion—Sharon Lewis (Pecan Pie); Reserve Champion—Sharon Lewis (Gluten-free Cookies).

Sewing: Champion—Peggy VanDerCryysson (Embroidered Quilt); Reserve Champion—Frances Fields (Sewn Dress).

Flowers & Plants: Champion—Carol Maddox (One-Sided Floral Arrangement); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Holiday Arrangement).

Arts, Painting & Drawings: Champion—Laura Day (Painting); Reserve Champion—Charlotte Dutton (Tole Painting).

Crafts: Champion—Robert Bittner (Mailbox); Reserve Champion—Constance Smith (Scrapbook).

Photography: Champion—Erin Merritt (Color Photo – People); Reserve Champion—Tim Ewing (Black & White Photo).

Corn: Champion—Brian D. Glass (Hybrid Corn); Reserve Champion—Brian Harbaugh (Hybrid Corn).

Small Grain & Seeds: Champion—Dallas McNair (Shelled Corn); Reserve Champion—Marie Free (Sunflower Seeds).

Eggs: Champion—Rick Matthews (Brown Eggs); Reserve Champion—Jacob Keeney (Brown Eggs).

Nuts: Champiion—Edward Hahn (Black Walnuts); Reserve Champion—Edward Hahn (Chestnuts).

Poultry & Livestock: Champion—Laura Dutton Poultry (Female & Offspring); Reserve Champion—Abby Adams (Bantams – one rooster and one hen).

Rabbit: Champion—Laura Dutton (Breeding Rabbit & Offspring – one female); Reserve Champion—Jonathan Hubbard (Breeding Rabbit – one buck and one female).

Dairy: Champion—Joseph Hubbard (Ayrshire Intermediate Calf); Reserve Champion—Joshua Hubbard (Brown Swiss Summer Yearling).

Dairy Goats: Champion—Olivia Dutton (2-year-old Goat); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (3-year-old Doe).

Hay: Champion—Jonathan Hubbard (Mixed Hay); Reserve Champion—Dalton Sayler (Alfalfa Hay).

Straw: Champion—Dalton Sayler (Barley Straw); Reserve Champion—Steve Strickhouser (Oat Straw).

Junior Department: Champion—Paige Baker (Flip Flop Wreath); Reserve Champion—Alex Contreras (Color Photo Collage).

Junior Department Baked Product: Champion—Caroline Clarke (Pound Cake); Reserve Champion—Jayden Myers (Frosted Red Velvet Cake).

Youth Department: Champion—Laura Dutton (Paper Mache Craft); Reserve Champion—Jeremy Ramage (Recycled Craft).

Youth Department Baked Product: Champion—Justin McAfee (Apple Pie); Reserve Champion—Matthew Lenhart (Chocolate Fudge).

Beef: Champion—Chris Coblentz; Reserve Champion—Breann Fields.


Sheep: Champion—Ashley McAfee; Reserve Champion—Kendra Keeney

Swine: Champion—Wyatt Davis; Reserve Champion—Kolton Whetzel.


 Market Goat: Champion—Kayla Neff; Reserve Champion—Olivia Dutton.

Decorated Animal Contest: Champion—Peyton Davis (Sheep); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Goat).

Pet Show: Champion—Amber Sanders (Huskie Dog); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog).

James Rada, Jr.

colorfest 7The incessant rain on Saturday morning, October 11, 2014, gave way to a cloudy day in the afternoon, transitioning into a sunny, more pleasant day on Sunday for the 51st Annual Colorfest weekend in Thurmont.

The crowds picked up as people turned out for unusual food like Southern-fried Snickers and one-of-a-kind gifts like robot sculptures made from scrap metal by Don Rea. In between, they browsed yard sales or listened to live music being played in front of the town office.

“The crowd started out light because of the rain, but people still came carrying their umbrellas and wearing their ponchos,” said Carol Robertson with Catoctin Colorfest.

The heart of the festival is the 240 juried exhibitors in the Community Park, although booths and vendors could be found throughout Thurmont, along roads, at the carnival grounds, around the American Legion, among others.

Janet Randall and her friend, Rusty, each pulled a collapsible wagon through Community Park looking to fill them with gifts. Randall’s big purchase had been an antique sewing machine that was decorated so that it was more of a craft item than an antique.

Randall said she comes to Colorfest from West River, Maryland, because of all the different crafters who display their goods. She calls all of the craft shows near her home “yard sales” in comparison.

colorfest 4“We’ll have to sneak all this stuff into the house so our husbands won’t see,” Randall said.

While Colorfest was a destination for Randall, Greg Teague and his wife, Beth, just happened to stop in.

“We were going to Gettysburg and were passing by and my wife said that it didn’t look too crowded,” Teague said.

So they parked and began shopping. For Teague, who lives in Frederick, it was his first visit to the festival.

“They have a lot of stuff here,” he said. “It’s a lot bigger than it looks.”

Beth added, “You can get visual overload from everything there is to see.”

It was author Bob O’Connor’s first time at the festival, too, and he was selling his historical novels and history books in Community Park.

colorfest 2“It’s a big crowd here, and they seem like they’re in a spending mood,” O’Connor said. “I mean when you see people walking around with wagons and carts, they are obviously looking to buy.”

Sharon Dustin is a regular visitor to Colorfest. Although she lives in Bowie, she’s been visiting each year for thirty years. It’s a family outing for them. In fact, her granddaughter, Alexis, first came to Colorfest when she was only three weeks old.

“I really like looking at all the stuff that people make,” Dustin said.

Set up for Colorfest begins during the week leading up to the event, with much of it taking place on the Friday before.

“It’s like a little city gets built here in a couple days,” Robertson said. “There are banks with ATMs. The post office is here. The food vendors are restaurants and the other vendors are the businesses.

On average, about 100,000 people visit Colorfest each year.

“The atmosphere of the quaint town of Thurmont, with a population of 6,000 residents, changes every year during the second weekend of October when the festivities of the annual Catoctin Colorfest take place,” states the Catoctin Colorfest website.

James Rada, Jr.

emmt election 2A new face was added to the Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners on Monday, October 6, 2014, when Joseph Ritz, III, was sworn in.

The Emmitsburg Town election was held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and residents were voting for a commissioner and mayor. Ritz ran against former town commissioner Patrick Joy and won 118-44.

Mayor Donald Briggs ran unopposed for his seat. Briggs was joined by family, as Frederick County Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Dalton swore him into office.

Board President Tim O’Donnell told Ritz that he had “a great responsibility, but you are the right person to bear that responsibility.”

After Mayor Briggs swore Ritz into his office, he took the seat of Commissioner Chris Staiger, who chose not to run for re-election.

Staiger’s parting words were short and to the point, “It’s a wrap. Thank you.”

O’Donnell thanked him for his service to the town at a job that could be “wonderful, tiring, brutal, great, fun.” He also commended Staiger for his ability “to solve problems with common sense.”

Ritz thanked the residents who voted for him and for turning out for the election. Voter turnout for the election was roughly ten percent of the town’s 1,726 registered voters.

Briggs talked about the economic investment of more than thirty-two million dollars that he sees coming to the community, and outlined the various projects that were going to start or be completed in the near future. He painted a bright future for the town.

“It all starts with dreams,” he said. “Let’s live them.”

Under the new Board of Commissioners, O’Donnell will serve as president. Cliff Sweeney will serve as vice president and planning and zoning liaison. Glenn Blanchard will serve as treasurer. Jennifer Mellor will serve as the parks and recreation liaison. Ritz will serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Ritz’s father already serves on the committee, but he said that he will step down to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Briggs said that he had another committee in mind that Joseph Ritz, Jr., could serve on as a member.

Deb Spalding

Ebg Banquet 1On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the 90th Banquet of the Emmitsburg High School Alumni was held at the Emmitsburg Ambulance activities building on Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Emmitsburg High School’s first graduating class was the class of 1898. Their last graduating class was the class of 1968. The late Ada Hollinger Sperry began the alumni banquets in 1921. During World War II, there were three years during which no banquet was held.  Thus, 2014 is the 90th year anniversary of Emmitsburg Alumni banquets.

The students who attended Emmitsburg High School were known as the “Liners” due to the school’s proximity to the Mason Dixon Line. The Class of 1968 was the last graduating class of Emmitsburg High School. The Class of 1969 held the distinction of closing down Emmitsburg High School a few months shy of their graduation. Thus, the Emmitsburg High School “Liners” combined with the Thurmont High School “Mountaineers” at the new Catoctin High School, where the first graduating class of Cougars received their diplomas in 1969.

Classes that were honored at this banquet were those graduating in 1934, 1939, 1944, 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969. The class of 1949 did not have a graduating class, since the requirement to graduate was changed from eleven years to twelve years.

One member was present at the banquet, representing the class of 1934: Emory Motter. He did not actually graduate with the class, because he had to drop out after 7th grade to help on his family’s farm. He later received his certificate by attending night classes. Alumni President, Randy Valentine, awarded Mr. Motter an honorary Emmitsburg High School Diploma and year book. It was noted that Mr. Motter’s brother, William, drove the first school bus in the Emmitsburg area.

The Alumni Association awards annual scholarships to several individuals seeking further education. This year’s scholarships were awarded to four students: Shelby Maly, Elizabeth Shriver, Taylor Shank, and Taylor Joy. Shelby Maly, daughter of Scott and Barb Maly and granddaughter of Norman and Sandy Shriver (Class of 1959), is a sophomore at Shepherd University, majoring in Sports Marketing. Elizabeth Shriver, daughter of Dave and Denise Shriver and also a granddaughter of Norman and Sandy Shriver, is a Junior at Delaware Valley College, majoring in Agronomy, with a focus in Crop Science. Taylor Shank, daughter of Duane and Anita Shank, is attending Clemson University, earning a degree in Architecture. Taylor Joy, daughter of Elaine Moffett, is attending Stevenson University, seeking a degree in Elementary Education.  This year, an additional scholarship was derived from an anonymous gift in memory of Emmitsburg’s 6th grade teacher, Mary B. Scott, who taught for many years at the old Emmitsburg School. This scholarship was also awarded to Taylor Joy.

It is important to note that students who attended Emmitsburg High School at any time during their education, regardless of whether or not they graduated, are encouraged to be part of The Emmitsburg Alumni Association.

Next year, the classes that end in a 5 or a 0 will be honored. Alumni historian, Joyce Bruchey (Class of 1962), is missing photos of six graduating classes for the honor book: 1924, 1925, 1927, 1933, 1935, and 1938.  Please call Joyce at 410-775-7921 if you have one of those photos that she can scan. Ebg Banquet 2

Pictured are Emory Moffet, Class of 1934—banquet attendee from the earliest class; and Mike Humerick, Class of 1959—traveled the farthest, all the way from Alaska.Ebg Banquet Honor class 1969

Emmitsburg Alumni Banquet Honor Class of 1969.

The Catoctin High School (CHS) Safe and Sane 2015 Committee would like to thank everyone for their support of our fundraising efforts to date. Thanks to your time and commitment, we are off to a fantastic start! We are asking for your continued support at our upcoming events.

Class of 2015 Spirit Wear: Exclusive apparel designed especially for the Catoctin High School Class of 2015. Please submit your order to Catoctin High School, ATTN: Safe & Sane, by Friday, October 31, 2014.  For more information, please contact Shannon Wetzel (shanypany328@yahoo.com or 301-748-7068).

Origami Owl Fundraiser: Debbie Smallwood, Independent Designer and Class of 2015 parent, has offered to donate half of her earned commission for any Jewelry Bar or Catalog Party booked and held by a parent/guardian of a Catoctin High School senior. Party must be finalized before December 1, 2014.  Please contact Debbie for more information (luvx3inmd@gmail.com or 240-505-2698).

Roy Rogers Night: Wednesday, November 14, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thurmont. Mention to cashier that you are supporting Catoctin Safe and Sane, and we will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Crab Cake Dinner:  Friday, November 14, 2014, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at the Vigilant Hose Company in  Emmitsburg.  Tickets are $15.00 and include two crab cakes, baked potato, green beans, drink, and dessert. Dine in or carryout available. Please contact Terri Little (ptjjlittle@aol.com) or Doug Wivell (dwivell5@gmail.com) for tickets or more information.

Cash Bash and Dinner: Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 5:00-10:00 p.m., at the Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg. Tickets are $40 each and admit two people. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Winners will be drawn every fifteen minutes beginning at 6:00 p.m. Jackpot drawing will be at 10:00 p.m.; you must be present to win Jackpot. Please contact Shannon Wetzel for tickets (shanypany328@yahoo.com or 301-748-7068).

Mr. Catoctin Pageant:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Hosted in conjunction with the CHS French Club. More information to follow.

Dance and Silent Auction:  Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight, at the Thurmont American Legion. Musical entertainment will be provided by Redline.  Tickets are $15.00 each or $25 per couple, and include light refreshments and cash bar.  The Safe and Sane Committee would like for 2015 parents to consider making a gift basket or other donation for the silent auction. Please contact Shelly Toms (shelltoms@aol.com), Renee Fraley (reneefraley@aol.com), or Cheryl Phelan (bochph@aol.com) for more information or donation ideas. Tickets available soon.

Raffle:  A beautiful Catoctin t-shirt quilt, handmade by Kellie Beavin.  Tickets are $5.00 a chance.  Drawing will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at our Dance and Silent Auction. Photos available on our Facebook page – Catoctin High Safe and Sane 2015.  Contact Kellie to get your tickets today at kbeavin40@yahoo.com.

For a listing of our current events, and to receive the latest information about ways you can help to give your graduating senior a Safe and Sane night to remember, please visit our website at www.catoctinsafeandsane.com or “like” us on Facebook: Catoctin High Safe and Sane 2015.

The next planning meeting will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Catoctin High School Me

Ashley McGlaughlin

More and more families are experiencing the loss of a loved one to drug abuse. The drugs being abused could be street drugs, or even prescribed narcotics from doctors. There is a wide range of reasons why people hurt themselves by doing this. Some intend to experiment ‘just once’, but end up becoming addicted forever. While “high” on drugs, you most likely have a different personality. It is completely horrible for a child, or a parent, to see their family member act differently because they choose to use these drugs. It is heart breaking, especially because this is something the abuser can control. We, meaning each and every one of us, need to take action now!

Peer pressure, personal problems, and even a reliance on something that is supposed to help us—pain killers—can lead a person to turn to drug abuse. We may be related to someone who is already demonstrating the example of substance abuse, we may see it on television, or we may be a friend of someone who is exhibiting the example. Peer pressure shows us that sometimes the people using drugs may appear to be popular or admired, so we try to do the same thing so we can also be admired and popular and accepted by others.

Painkillers are prescribed from a doctor, but the patient could easily take more than what they’re supposed to, trying to ease their pain. This leads to the patient’s painkillers running out, causing them to withdraw. Symptoms of withdrawal from drugs include aching joints, nausea, hot flashes, and even a short temper. The prescription pain pill abuser may feel so disturbed when they run out of their prescription, that they actually go buy illegal substances like heroine to ease their pain and cravings. Sometimes, without even realizing it, this becomes a recurring cycle every time their prescription runs out. Soon, this one mistake leads to a life time of disappointment.

By being addicted to heroin, cocaine, LSD, or even methamphetamine, whole families are impacted. Buying drugs is a waste of money, when the money runs out, the addiction causes financial stress. Soon, the abuser is using the cheap drugs to maintain their high. Street drugs that consist of unnatural materials that we put in our bodies will break down our natural body functions because our bodies don’t know what to do with the pollution we put in it.  Drug abuse is at an all-time high.  Couple that with the fact that the drugs on the streets are more deadly than ever, and we have a huge problem that has some impact on each and every member of our community.

At a Mackenzie’s Light Bereavement and Awareness Support Group meeting at the Thurmont Library in September, a father of a Thurmont girl who died from a heroin overdose said, “It [her death] blind-sided me! I thought she was drinking and I might get a call to come pick her up somewhere. But, I had no idea that she was into anything harder.” His daughter was a talented 20-year-old with a sunny personality. Like this father, your loved ones could be doing drugs without your knowledge. Your children could be taken away if you are a parent or a guardian who is found abusing these drugs. This affects your own children you have raised and the entire family unit.

There are children under the age of ten years old that have seen more drugs around them than what a grown man has seen. These children get placed in unfamiliar places like foster care, which changes their lives forever. Some don’t even get away from the drugs, they grow up thinking drugs aren’t that bad, so they also become addicted. It becomes a way of life and coping for them.

Here in our home towns, there have been multiple cases of heroin overdose, death, and other drug abuses. If you are using drugs, this is the time to stop, and to change your life. You don’t realize it while you’re under the influence, but every decision has a consequence, and it affects more people than you think. All of our lives involve choices and we all make hundreds of choices on a daily basis. Communication, observation, awareness, support, and sometimes even policing are of utmost importance.

Mackenzie’s Light Bereavement and Awareness Support Group meets monthly at the Thurmont Library. People impacted in any way by addiction are invited to attend. At the next meeting, Thurmont’s Police Chief, Greg Eyler, will talk about the statistics of suicide resulting from addiction. Stop by on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Also, during this meeting, a recovering alcoholic parent will talk about grieving the loss of their child who committed suicide related to drug addiction. These are real problems, real losses, real people. Please call 301-524-8064 for more information or check them out on Facebook.

Project Hope in Thurmont, helps youth with positive reinforcement.  They are an anti-drug group with the goal of helping addicts find whatever resources that are available to help them get into recovery.  Project Hope will be there as a support team for anyone who needs help. Check them out on Facebook or read about them in this issue.

Our local health department is another source of help. If the individual is on state insurance through medical assistance in Frederick County, mental health and substance abuse is covered under that policy. Our local rehabilitation center accepts that insurance (i.e. United Health Care, Amerigroup, Riverside, Priority Partners, and Maryland Physicians Care) for inpatient treatment of substance abuse, to educate and assist addicts with the withdrawal process, as well as train them to deal with addiction as an illness.

All walks of life are affected by this disease.

Please come and help support Richard Carbaugh’s Hope Foundation & Project Hope of Thurmont with your donations towards a spaghetti dinner and silent auction & dance fundraising event, which will be taking place on November 29, 2014, in Thurmont at the Thurmont Carnival grounds.

This event will help to raise funds towards awareness, education, and support for families dealing with addiction, and also to help young children and teenagers and their families who have been affected by this epidemic that has swept through our town. They really need your help and the community’s help to make this event a success, and to help young individuals and families who have been affected by Heroin and drugs, as well as helping to provide valuable resources for families and individuals dealing with addiction.

Please help support this event and help make it successful by donating these items: 30-50 lbs. of spaghetti noodles; 30-50lbs. of meatballs; 10-15 containers of parmesan cheese; 20-30 dozen of Texas toast; 30-50 jars of spaghetti sauce; assorted bake goods; 5 bags of popcorn kernels for popping; 5-6 bags of assorted potato chips; 2-3 assorted dips 12-16 oz. containers; 50-80 hot dogs; 8-10 dozen hot dog rolls; big pkg. of ketchup, mustard, relish; 10lbs. chicken salad; 10-15 dozen hamburger rolls; 25-35 gallons of ice tea (jugs please, sweetened and unsweetened); 25-35 gallons of lemonade (jugs please); 6 cases of bottle water (24 pk.); 4 cases of Pepsi (12-24 per pk.); 2 cases of Mt. Dew (12-24 per pk.); 4 cases of Diet Pepsi (12-24 per pk.); 4 cases of Sprite (12-24 per pk.); 2 cases of orange soda/Dr. Pepper/root beer, etc.; 1-3 bags of assorted candy; 2 fruit trays; 2 veggie trays; 2-4 boxes of Zip Lock freezer bags; 4-6 boxes of Zip Lock sandwich bags; fall color plastic table covers (ex. brown, yellow, red, orange, green); Mums (large, medium, small); glow sticks (ex. Necklaces, bracelets, etc.); items for silent auction; sheets (ex. White, black); glow in the dark paints; pumpkins and apples.

If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Gina at Whitenightjr94@gmail.com or 240-578-0235 or Jacque at 240-357-8437 or Projecthope21788@yahoo.com. If you are unable to donate any items, they will also be collecting cash donations to go towards the purchase of paper products, cups, napkins, and so on.

Mount St. Mary’s and the Civil War

by James Rada, Jr.

Looking Back COLUMN photoIn the years leading up to the Civil War, Mount St. Mary’s enjoyed prosperity. The college celebrated its golden anniversary in 1858, and student enrollment was around 200 young men and growing.

“The Mount was thriving, as was most of the South thriving before the Civil War,” Father Michael Roach, instructor of church history at the Mount, said on the DVD “Mount St. Mary’s University: The Spirit Continues…”

This changed with the outbreak of war in 1860; the school began to lose students and faculty who were sympathetic to the southern cause. More than half of the students prior to the war came from the South. Not all of them headed home, and the school wound up supporting them because funds from the students’ parents could not make it north.

The college expenses increased while income fell off. During the 1859-1860 school year, Mount St. Mary’s had 173 students, not including the seminarians; two years later, the enrollment had fallen to 67 students, its lowest number in fifty years.

The remaining students and faculty began to take sides in the conflict, either pro-Union or pro-Confederacy. While this created some tension on campus, it never became open hostility. The consensus opinion seems to be that a majority of the campus supported the Southern cause.

“[President John] McCaffrey eventually, and some of professors, were monitored, observed, by President Lincoln’s loyalty police. These were men appointed all over the country to keep an eye on folks who might be or were suspected of being Confederate sympathizers,” Steve Whitman, associate professor of history at the Mount, said on the DVD “Mount St. Mary’s University: The Spirit Continues…”

Though Confederate in his sympathies, McCaffrey was not hostile to the Union. A Pennsylvania officer wrote, “Two miles from Emmitsburg, we passed Mount Saint Mary’s, and taking advantage of a moment’s halt, a party of three or four rode up to the main entrance…We were cordially received by the president and with characteristic hospitality a collation was in preparation for us.”

In the fall of 1862, the sounds of battle during the Battle of South Mountain could be heard at the college.

“As we were going up to Mass to the old church on the hill, and as we were returning from Mass, we could hear the firing distinctly. Yet, recreation went on the terraces and the ordinary routine of college life was followed, as if nothing unusual was happening,” Monsignor James T. Dunn, an 1863 Mount graduate, wrote after the war.

After the battle of Antietam in September 1862, six of the seven seniors remaining in the school slipped away to visit the battlefield, leaving only a note for McCaffrey that read: “Dear Doctor McCaffrey: We are very sorry for what we are going to do but we cannot help it. Please do not be worried about us: we will be back surely on Friday evening. Yours truly. Class of ‘63.”

This wasn’t the first time boys had left the campus without permission to see a battle or soldiers. McCaffrey decided to put an end to it. When the boys returned three days later, McCaffrey expelled them. However, within a month, he changed his mind and reinstated them.

Small Confederate raids occurred around the college and “Vice-President, Rev. John McCloskey, an excellent horseman and a notable figure on horseback, rode for quite a distance alongside the commander, General J. E. B. Stuart,” according to Dunn.

The next big event for the college was in 1863, as troops entered the area on their way to Gettysburg. “Many of us sat on the fences along the road watching and listening to their sayings. We naturally looked upon the men as sheep led to the slaughter, and we were not a little surprised when we overheard two of them closing a bargain on horseback with the remark: ‘Well, I will settle with you for this after the battle. Will that suit you?’ The other party readily assented. The whole period of life is treated as a certainty, even by men going into battle,” Dunn wrote.

He wrote that his commencement was held about a week earlier than planned “on account of the threatening appearance of everything without, and so that the students might safely reach their homes.”

Mount President John McCaffrey was known for his Confederate sympathies and refused to let the U.S. flag fly. “When Lincoln was shot, Federal orders were issued ‘for every house to display some sign of mourning. An officer visited the college, but there was no sign visible,’ until Dr. McCaffrey produced ‘a small piece of crape’ on a door which had been opened back so that it would not be visible until disclosed,” according to the Emmitsburg Chronicle.

In the spring of 1863, Mount student Maurice Burn was arrested by Union soldiers for sedition. Burn, who was from Louisiana, had written his father and expressed his Southern sympathies. Burn was jailed when he refused to sign an oath of loyalty to the Union. McCaffrey wrote Lincoln pleading Burn’s case, and the youth was released to McCaffrey’s custody.

In all, three students were killed during the war, according to “Mount St. Mary’s University: The Spirit Continues…” One of these young men was Maurice Burn, who had been arrested and paroled for sedition. Those young men were buried at the college cemetery on the mountain.