by Davy Wantz, IV

Winning a state championship is an outstanding accomplishment and one that is hard to come by—and for Emmitsburg baseball, it took fifty-eight years to win their first in 2013.  Emmitsburg, the defending Cal Ripken 12U 46/60 Maryland Champions, looked to repeat the win in 2014 in the tournament they hosted on July 5-7, 2014. Last year’s team consisted of ten twelve-year-olds, which means that this year’s team was younger, having only four returning players.

On Saturday, Emmitsburg opened up pool play against Frederick. The first inning went scoreless. Garrett Malachowski led the second inning with a single, sparking an eight run inning. Frederick battled back over the next few innings to take a 9-8 lead over the host, Emmitsburg. After falling behind 9-8, Emmitsburg quickly tied it at 9-9 in the bottom of the fourth, bases loaded. Dylan Click, a returning player from last year’s team, blasted a grand slam to take back the lead, 13-9. Emmitsburg never looked back and went on to win 20-10.

In Emmitsburg’s second pool play game against Smithsburg, the team found themselves down early, 3-0.  Emmitsburg didn’t score until Noah Oleszczuk crossed the plate in the third inning.  Jordan Garner drove in another run in the fourth inning, cutting Smithsburg’s lead to 3-2. Colten Devilbiss blasted a three-run homerun in the fifth to give Emmitsburg its first lead. Emmitsburg added some more runs in the sixth inning and won 10-4, ending day one of pool play with a 2-0 record.

On day two, Emmitsburg played Northeast, knowing that a win would give them a spot in the familiar state championship game on Monday night. Emmitsburg flexed its power hitting, as Mason Joy went 2-2 off the bench with an RBI.  Emmitsburg hit six home runs, one each from Sean Mazaleski, Colten Devilbiss, Dylan Click, and Alex Wivell; the other two coming from Johnny Glass, who is locally known as Johnny Baseball.  The defense was present as well, as Logan Harrington started an ESPN-worthy 4-6-3 double play, with an amazing backhand grab up the middle. Emmitsburg won the game 18-6 and clinched the one seed, meaning Monday night they’d play in the all-important state championship game.

Emmitsburg had to play its final pool play game before focusing on Monday night. The starting pitcher for the game, Issiah Wivell, took the mound against UMAC and pitched three hitless, shutout innings; he also hit a homerun in the fourth inning. Emmitsburg won 10-7 to finish pool play 4-0.

Smithsburg won their semi-final game over Frederick to advance to the final. Emmitsburg, who beat Smithsburg on Saturday, knew the championship would be a great game and that they had to play well to win. Emmitsburg, similar to Saturday’s game, found themselves down early 1-0 after the first inning.  In the bottom of the second, Emmitsburg’s Evan Ott reached base on an infield single to start a rally in which Issiah Wivell hit a laser three-run homerun over center field fence. Emmitsburg scored two more to make it 5-1 after two innings. Emmitsburg added another run in the third inning on another Issiah Wivell hit, making the score 6-1. In the fourth inning, Smithsburg got another run to make it 6-2; but in the bottom half of the inning, Johnny Glass hit a 2-run homerun. After four innings, the score was 8-2 in favor of Emmitsburg.  In the fifth inning, however, Smithsburg rallied and Emmitsburg was forced to make a pitching change; Colten Devilbiss pitched five strong innings. Issiah Wivell came in to pitch and finish the inning. It was now tied at 8-8 going into the bottom of the fifth.  Alex Wivell hit a three-run homerun to give Emmitsburg an 11-8 lead heading into the final inning.  Smithsburg led off the inning with a homerun, cutting the lead to just two.  Smithsburg tied the game again at 11-11. Dylan Click made a great play at shortstop to end the inning and prevent another run from Smithsburg, which would have given them the lead. Emmitsburg headed into the bottom of the sixth, tied 11-11, looking for one run to give them the state championship.  With one out, Issiah Wivell grabbed his fourth hit of the game to put the winning run on base. After a wild pitch, he managed to make it to second base and in scoring position. Smithsburg recorded out two and needed only one more to send the game to extra innings.  Another wild pitch put Issiah Wivell on third base, so Smithsburg intentionally walked Alex Wivell and Colten Devilbiss to load the bases and make a force play available at every base. Johnny Glass stepped in with the bases loaded. On the third pitch of his at bat, when the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher, manager Dave Wantz told Issiah Wivell to steal home. The umpire, after waiting for the dust to clear, saw the catcher did not have possession of the ball and called Issiah Wivell “safe.”  The hometown had won the state championship for the second consecutive year. Issiah Wivell went 4-5 in the game, with 4 RBI’s. He was the winning pitcher and the winning run that sent Emmitsburg to the regional championships in Eastchester, New York. Alex Wivell batted .650 in the tournament, with 12 RBI’s.  Colten Devilbiss had 16 RBI’s in the tournament.  As a team, every player drove in at least one run, and the team batted .497 for the tournament.

In the Middle Atlantic Regional tournament in Tuckahoe, NY, Emmitsburg went 1-3 in pool play. Defeating Metro NY runner-up 10-7, losing 12-3 to Southern NJ, losing 12-10 to Waynesboro, PA, and losing to the host Tuckahoe, MNY 8-5. Tournament stand-outs were Issiah Wivell, who batted .333 with 5 RBI’s; Alex Wivell, who batted .357; Colten Devilbiss, who batted .500 with 5 RBI’s; and Johnny Glass, who batted .455 with 5 RBI’s. Emmitsburg’s 12U All-stars had a great season, winning states with a young team and playing competitive ball in New York.

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Pictured from left are: (bottom row) Alex Wivell, Issiah “Bub” Wivell, Noah Oleszczuk, Colten Devilbiss, and Johnny Glass; (middle row) Evan Ott, Garrett Malachowski, Logan Harrington, Jordan Garner, Mason Joy, Dylan Click, and Sean Mazaleski; (top row) Coach Click, Coach Wantz, and Coach Malachowski.

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Emmitsburg AllStars celebrate their second Cal Ripken State Championship title.

by Michele Cuseo

Emmitsburg

JULY 2014

Emmitsburg & Thurmont Community Show

Everyone in the Catoctin High School feeder district is invited and encouraged to participate as an exhibitor and to attend the show and entertainment at Catoctin High School, on September 5-7, 2014. This annual show is a much-anticipated event and enjoyed celebration of local agriculture and craftsmanship for people of all ages. Watch for the community booklet of events/exhibitions/schedules at local businesses and stores for more information. Sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin Area FFA Alumni, Maryland Agricultural Fair Board and the Maryland State Grange, over $12,000 will be offered in prizes to exhibitors for this event.

Election Judges Needed for 2014 Election

The Mayor and Board of Commissioners are seeking persons to serve as election judges for the September 30th Town Election. In accordance with the Emmitsburg Town Code, judges must be registered and qualified voters and not hold or be a candidate for any other Emmitsburg public office.

To apply or for more information, call 301-600-6300 or e-mail townclerk@emmitsburgmd.gov.

Farmer’s Market on Friday Afternoons

Enjoy the best of locally grown produce each Friday at the Emmitsburg Farmer’s Market, from 3:00-6:30 p.m. The market is located on South Seton Avenue right next to the Firemen’s Museum. The Market will be open through September 26.

For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, log onto www.emmitsburgmd.gov or call 301-600-6300.

Thurmont

JULY 2014

 

Thurmont Trolley Substation Celebration

The Thurmont Lions Club will unveil a series of historic art murals at the Trolley Substation building on August 23 at 1:00 p.m. on East Main Street. This event represents a celebration of Thurmont’s history that includes the Thurmont-Frederick Trolley Train.  The murals, by artist “Yemi,” depict scenes of the inspiring history of Thurmont that include our covered bridges, Cunningham Falls, Camp David, Main Street and the Catoctin Furnace.  The murals are being called the “Crowning Jewel” murals as they will highly complement the culmination of the efforts of the Lions Club Trolley Trail Refurbishing Project.  Participants can also enjoy hot dogs, ice cream and brownies during the celebration. The Lions Club and volunteers believe this interesting and beautiful project will become a tourist destination for the Frederick county area.

Project Open Space Funds for Thurmont

Thurmont is receiving  $147,985 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as part of the Project Open Space program.  The program funding supports conserving natural resources and creating outdoor recreational opportunities for citizens.  Thurmont will use the funds for paving the Trolley Trail which is a popular walkway through the town that follows the line of the former trolley.  Some funds will also be used to improve the Eyler Rd. Lacrosse Field.

Farmers Market— Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Mayor John Kinnaird reports that the Thurmont Farmers market is doing quite well. There are ten regular vendors with a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale as well as a bakery vendor who makes homemade mini fruit pies. Flea Marketers are also welcomed to set up at the market. Cost is only $5.00.  The market is located at the Carnival Grounds. Please use the Boundary Avenue entrance.

Road Construction Updates

The State Highway Administration will be starting their work on the upgrade to the sidewalks and gutters this month. The priority is to work on the areas around the schools, so they can be completed before school starts.

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

 

Thurmont Ambulance Company joined together with local commissioners and builders to celebrate the Ground Breaking of the new building location off of Strafford Drive in Thurmont, behind the ball fields. The new complex will be a “True Community Building,” according to Jim Hummerick. Thurmont Ambulance Company looks forward to hosting their fundraiser activities at the new location, as well as utilizing the facility as a training center for EMT and Firefighting classes. Considered a Sanction Training Facility, the complex will serve as a location for training to become certified in CPR, as well as other types of life saving techniques for any member of the community. The complex will also be available for local organizations to hold scheduled meetings and as a rental facility for weddings, parties, or other celebrations. Construction will progress in the next two to three weeks. The builders estimate the outside shell to be complete in less than two months and completion in several months.

Photo by Gracie Eyler

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Denny Ott, Judy White, Jim Humerick, Dave Riffle, Randy DeMaris, Shirley Stackhouse, and Lowman Keeney are shown at the Ground Breaking ceremony.

 

Bingo Bash Pays Big

The Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company’s Bingo Bash will be held on September 20, 2014, at 17701 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m.; games will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 if purchased in advance; $45.00 if purchased at the door.

Rocky Ridge Junior Fire Company Yard Sale

The Rocky Ridge Junior Fire Company will be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Activities Building. Spaces are available for $10.00 per table; outside spaces are also available for $10.00.

Guardian Hose Company’s Yard Sale

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, come on out to the Thurmont Guardian Hose Company’s yard sale. Set up will begin at 7:00 a.m.; yard sale will be from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Chicken BBQ will be available. Spaces are for sale.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, the Thurmont Guardian Hose Company will be holding a Cash Bingo at the Thurmont Activities Building in Thurmont. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. Bingo will start at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. Tickets are $25.00 if purchased in advance and $30.00 if purchased at the door. Bingo features two $1,000 jackpots!

1st Annual Family Fun Night Fundraiser

The Frederick County Christian Eagles Football is holding their 1st annual Family Fun Night Fundraiser on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., with Mountain Gate Family Restaurant serving dinner at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $10.00 for children, ages 5-12; and free for children, ages 4 and under.

Mount Tabor Park Car Show

Don’t miss the 1st annual Mount Tabor Park Car Show on August 9, 2014, at the Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge, Maryland. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. The car show will take place at 12:00-3:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are all welcome. Plaques, awards, raffles, food, and more!

Mount Tabor Park BIG Picnic

You won’t want to miss the BIG picnic at Mount Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge, Maryland. The event features music by Chasing Stars and JR Country, a car show, a baby show, bingo, and much more! Everyone is invited!

Mountain Fest — 40th Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mountain Fest on October 11-12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at Sabillasville Elementary School, located at 1621-B Sabillasville Road in Sabillasville, Maryland. The event features superb vendors, free parking, and annual car show (on Sunday), plus an expanded indoor display space. Mountain Fest is brought to you by the Northwestern Frederick County Civic Association. Volunteers are welcome.

9th Annual Scotty’s Ride Benefit Poker Run All vehicles are welcome at the 9th annual Benefit Poker Run Scotty’s Ride, being held on September 27, 2014. The ride will begin at Jubilee Foods in Emmitsburg at 10:00 a.m. The finish time will be 3:00 p.m. at Kerry and Valerie’s, with food, drink, and entertainment to end your ride! Rider’s entry fee is $35.00 (eligible to win) or $20.00 (non-player).

Indian Lookout Conservation Target Shoots

Every Thursday night from now until September 4, 2014, will be 3D Target Shoots at Indian Lookout, located on 17107 Riffle Road in Emmitsburg. Shot Gun Shoots will be held August 17, and September 7, 2014.

Sportsman’s Bingo

Mark your calendar for the Sportman’s Bingo at the Lewistown District Volunteer Fire Department, located at 11101 Hessong Bridge Road in Lewistown, Maryland, on September 13, 2014. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.; buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m.; games will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 per person and include buffet dinner, ice tea, and beer.

St. John’s Festival in Sabillasville

The annual St. John’s Festival, sponsored by St. John’s United Church of Christ, will be held on August 16, 2014. The event will take place at Willard Pavilion, located off Harbaugh Valley Road behind the church, and will begin at 3:00 p.m. Usual picnic fare will be sandwiches, St. John’s Famous French fries, soups, drinks, hand-dipped ice cream, and homemade baked goods. Soda, water, and coffee will also be available. There will be games for the kids and raffles for the older generation. Cruise in your old/classic vehicle and receive a free ice cream! Music will be furnished by Blue Grass Chapel Band.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association August 2014 Events

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association is holding many not-to-miss events in August: August 2—Archery 3-D Shoot and Hog Roast, 8:00 a.m.; August 3—Cash Bingo, 1:00 p.m.; August 16—Horseshoe Tournament, 3:30 p.m.; August 23-24—Concealed Weapons Class; August 30—Outlaw Shoot, 10:00 a.m.; August 30—Crab Feed, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Gospel & Blue Grass Music Festival

Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge, Maryland, is holding a Gospel & Blue Grass Music Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Event features local talents and blue grass music by the Carroll County Ramblers. Come on out for some great music, food, and homemade desserts.

by Deb Spalding

Critter CareWe all tend to ponder about our pets when we are not at home, and worry about how they are doing without us. You don’t want to waste a moment of vacation stressing over things at home or become anxious about your pet being alone at home too long when you have to work later than normal. It’s time to book appointments for the care of your domestic pets or barnyard animals while you are away from home on vacation or you are at work. Greta Gray, originally from Thurmont, has grown her small pet-sitting service to the next level by launching Critter Care by Greta, where she provides loving and professional care for your beloved critters at your house or hers.

She services the northern Frederick County, Washington County, and Franklin County areas. She will even consider additional areas upon request. She will care for all critters, from guinea pigs and birds to hamsters and ferrets, from cows and horses to kitties and hounds.

Greta is a part-time groomer at the Thurmont Main Street Groomers, and she has an extensive background caring for horses, goats, sheep, and other animals, having also worked on both a dairy farm and a horse farm. Her love for animals sets a solid foundation for her business. “I don’t just provide, I CARE!” said Greta. Greta, herself, has had dogs, cats, a horse, and a pet pig.

Prices for Critter Care are determined based on your individual needs, the number of animals, and the frequency of service. Like or friend Critter Care by Greta on Facebook, and call today to schedule your appointments.

Greta is bonded and insured, and will provide references upon request. Take some peace of mind with you when you leave home by calling Critter Care by Greta at 240-367-0035 to care for your loved pets.

by James Rada, Jr.

carriage houseBob Hance’s first recollection of what would one day become the Carriage House Restaurant was walking into a building that had been the Tiki Inn and seeing three large woks filled with grease, although the restaurant had been closed for some time by 1980. The Tiki Inn was a restaurant that served Polynesian-American fare in Emmitsburg, though apparently not for too long.

Having grown up in Twinbrook in Montgomery County, the 19-year-old Hance and his family had a wake-up call as to what they had walked into that day. “We used to think that going to Frederick was going to the country,” Hance said.

Luckily, the Tiki Inn wasn’t the first or last restaurant to occupy the building on South Seton Avenue. From research that Hance has done, they found that the building dates back to 1857. It was the Maxwell Feed and Grain Warehouse in 1877, and a broom factory in 1907. It also served as a bus depot.

The building occupying a restaurant began in 1953, when it was the White House. It was also Bucher’s Restaurant and Motel. “Old timers who come in talk about partying at Bucher’s,” Hance said. “It was apparently the place to be in Emmitsburg.”

The Hance Family set about trying to make it that way again. They opened Gentleman Jim’s. Bob Hance’s parents, Jim and JoAnn, had opened a Gentleman Jim’s in Twinbrook. It was a pizza parlor that Washingtonian Magazine said had the best pizza in the area. “I am not exaggerating; our business tripled overnight,” Hance said.

Keeping up with demand was hard, but Jim and JoAnn still managed to slip away occasionally for a relaxing weekend. One of the places they would stay was at the Cozy Inn. It was there that he heard about an auction for the Tiki Inn.

The auction was actually for a larger piece of property than the Carriage House sits on today. Jim Hance lost the auction to a man who wanted to build a Pizza Hut. However, the Pizza Hut only needed a small strip of land. He sold the building to Hance and another section that allowed Paul’s Pit Stop to be built.

Gentleman Jim’s opened in 1981. Business was alright, but not what it had been in Montgomery County. Jim and JoAnn evaluated where their business was going and decided that a country inn would do better.

“Over 1984 to 1985, we converted it to what it is now,” Hance said.

For its first couple years, the Carriage House struggled. However, Hance said that around 1990, things just “clicked,” and the business began seeing double-digit growth. Word spread quickly about the good food served at the Carriage House. It also didn’t hurt that Hance got a lot of publicity out of the fact that President Bill Clinton dined there during a visit to the area.

“If we have a specialty, it’s steak and seafood,” Hance said. “We believe that you buy the best you can get.”

For instance, the Carriage House buys only jumbo lump crab meat and certified Angus beef.

“Our crab cakes are made without filler, and you seldom find them anywhere like that,” Hance said.

The recession caused a slowdown in business at the Carriage House, but it also allowed Hance to grow another area of the business. Hance saw his off-site catering business grow. Not only is the Carriage House an approved caterer for many venues in the region, but it is the exclusive caterer of the Lodges at Gettysburg, Springfield Manor, and Stone Manor. Catering is now an integral part of the Carriage House business.

“We work on two principles,” Hance said. “Buy the best and keep it simple, and it has worked for us for twenty years.”

by Ashley McGlaughlin,

edited by Allyson Smith

catoctin mtn orchardCatoctin Mountain Orchard first opened as a small, strictly wholesale retail operation, owned by Ira Kelbaugh. His employee, Harry Black, helped Kelbaugh open an open-air retail market in 1948.

In 1961, Harry and Helen Black bought the Catoctin Mountain Orchard from Ira Kelbaugh, making many adjustments and improvements to the orchard over the next several years. The Blacks created irrigation systems to help with the fruits and vegetables, and added three cold storage rooms. Their daughter and son, Patricia and Robert Black, inherited the orchard of approximately 100 acres (eighty percent of land is orchard, and twenty percent is vegetables) in 2001.

Robert and Pat are second generation. The third and fourth generation also work at the orchard, and are hoping to continue the family tradition.

In addition to being well known for their tasty fruits and vegetables, they are also widely known for their popular bakery. They make a variety of fruit pies, including blackberry, apple, strawberry, peach, and many more. They also sell cookies, brownies, and ginger bread—a wide variety to satisfy any of your cravings.

Catoctin Mountain Orchard is known for their fresh produce, as well as for the owners’ and the workers’ positive attitudes. “Far away people are regular customers, too,” said Pat Black, owner of Catoctin Mountain Orchard.

Currently, the newest selling fruit is the kiwi berry, which is grown here in the United States. The orchard relies heavily on their customers’ opinion and feedback on their produce. “If people like it, we plant even more,” expressed Pat Black.

Summer could not taste any better at Catoctin Mountain Orchard. Paula Red and Summer Rambo apples are available in August. Currently, Red Haven and White Lady peaches are available, along with plums, apricots, nectarines, and blackberries. Other varieties of peaches are available through mid-September, and many more apples in the fall.

In addition, they offer a beautiful “cut your own flower garden” through September. You can select from a wide variety of fresh flowers, including Zinnias, Black-Eyed Susans, Celosias, Snap Dragons, and more!

Catoctin Mountain Orchard Market is located at 15036 North Franklinville Road in Thurmont, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Visit their website at www.catoctinmtorchard.com.

by Gracie Eyler

Dunk-TankOn July 4, 2014, the Long Family welcomed friends and fellow riders to join them in hopes of raising money for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. This event, held yearly, entices a large crowd to join in on the fun, silent auctions, BBQ chicken dinner, vendors, and relay riding events.

Some of the creative riding events include a “Dolly Parton Race,” Egg Toss, Phonebook Relay, Ribbon Race, and many others. Forty-eight riders participated in the Riding Ring. Double Rock Farm raised almost $4,500 from the evening, and hope to raise more before the end of the year.

All proceeds are donated to benefit children in need at Shriner’s Hospital. If you would like to make a donation, please call Bev or Rick Long at 301-606-6810

The 58th annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 5, 6, and 7, 2014. No entry fee; free admission; and free parking.

The program on Friday night will highlight the 200th anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner” and approximately thirty participants will participate in the community flag ceremony. A bagpipe processional will be performed by Bill and Andrew Douwes.  Also, the 2014-2015 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will start at 8:00 p.m.; the grand champion cake, pie, and bread will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 5, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m.  Testing for exhibits of poultry will be held on August 21, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the agriculture department area at the Catoctin High School.

On Saturday, September 6, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Ag Center at the school. A black Labrador dog owned by the Thurmont Police Department will perform a demonstration at 10:00 a.m. in the outside area in front of the school (near the Pet Show area).  The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. outside the front of the school. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Thurmont Grange will serve a buffet turkey and country ham dinner in the Catoctin High School cafeteria, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Prices are: $13.00 for adults; $7.00 for children under 12 years old; and $5.00 for children under age 5.  Carryout dinners are $14.00.

The 40th annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m. with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest.  The decorated animal contest will begin at noon; any type animal may be decorated for the contest.

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 12:00 noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni will serve a chicken Bar-B-Que dinner at the Catoctin High School cafeteria. Prices are: $10.00 for adults; $7.00 for children under 12 years old. Carryouts are $11.00.

The 35th annual Robert Kaas horseshoe pitching contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform an Elvis Presley Show from 1:45-2:15 p.m. in the auditorium. Taylor Brown will present an Elvis Tribute from 1:00-1:45 p.m. and from 2:15-3:00 p.m.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please note the new deadline to pick up items.

For further information or to learn more about the show, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104 or via email at rmontemmitsburgcommunityshow@gmail.com.  Community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and surrounding area businesses. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland.

Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments.  Departments include:  Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department.

Please visit their website for updated information at www. thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.webs.com.

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

Historic and colorful murals depict scenes celebrating the beautiful and inspiring history of Thurmont. The murals will feature Thurmont’s covered bridges (Roddy Road & Loys Station Bridges), Cunningham Falls, Camp David, Main Street Thurmont, Catoctin Furnace Iron works and several historic buildings. These five additional murals will quickly become the “Crowning Jewels” that enhance the historic Trolley Substation building and complement the Lions Club Trolley Trail Refurbishing Project, which was dedicated in 2007. A beautiful tourist destination is expected to come alive right on Main Street in Thurmont!  The unveiling/dedication of this “must see” artistic project is Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Trolley Substation on East Main Street in Thurmont. Enjoy hot dogs, ice cream, and brownies, compliments of the Thurmont Lions Club!

Last year, the first mural portrayed “Thurmont Rail History” and was featured on the historic Trolley Substation building on Main Street in Thurmont. The Thurmont Lions Club commissioned Artist Yemi to design and create the historic mural. For a second year, the Lions Club will continue the community project by commissioning Yemi to create several scenic murals, which will be added to the Trolley Substation building.

The project was made possible by the support of grant monies and matching funds from the Acacia Masonic Lodge No.155 AF & AM., in addition to funds from: Woodsboro Bank, Ramar Moving Systems, Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick County Bank, Frederick Pediatric Dentistry, PNC Bank, The Thurmont Lions Club, Gateway Orthodontics, The Beauty Parlor, Timeless Trends Boutique, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Charles B. Frey Esq., Center of Life Chiropractic, Center of Life Pilates, Catoctin Mountain Trains and Hobbies, Susan Favorite, Nancy Dutterer, Shirley and Gene Long, Joann Miller, Kristen and Bill Long, Jr., Jimmy and Mary Frances Bostian, Pat Plum, Tillie Dishong, Karen and Kenny Simundson, George Bolling, Larry Mundy and Joyce Anthony, Trinity United Church of Christ, Mary  Jane Lenhart, Russ Delauter. They have met 72 percent of the funding required to complete this exciting project!

It’s not too late, you can also help them to meet their goal. All donors will be recognized on plaques at the mural site and in an accompanying commemorative book to be published by Frederick Magazine. Tax deductible donations should be made payable to “TLCF Inc.” and mailed to the Thurmont Lions Club, P.O. Box 306, Thurmont, MD 21788 Attn: Joann Miller /Nancy Dutterer. (“TLCF Inc” is a 501c3 Foundation). For more information, visit website: www.thurmontlionsclub.com.

The Rededication Service for Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 10:15 a.m., at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 14753 Charmian Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. The service is on the 125th anniversary of the first service held at the church.

The service will feature special music from the adult and children choirs, along with guest speakers. Following the service will be a church picnic, with special music and tours of the sanctuary. There will also be old fashioned games for children of all ages and a cakewalk!

They cordially invite past members of the congregation, as well as the general public, to come celebrate with their Hawley Church Family.

For more information, please contact Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church at 717-794 – 2637 or by email at hawleych@innernet.net.

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On Friday, August 1, 2014, there will be a Social at Taverna 5450, located at 5450 Fairfield Road in Fairfield in Pennsylvania, at 7:00 p.m. If you plan to dine, please call ahead for a reservation prior to the event at 717-642-5887.

The Reunion will be on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company, 17701 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Social Hour will be at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., featuring a three Entrée Buffet. BYOB; mixers provided. Event will feature music and door prizes. The cost is $30.00 per person.

If you have any questions, please call Denise Valentine at 301-447-6816 or e-mail Loretta Stouter at lssmickey@aol.com or Liz Stitely at stitree@aol.com. Invites have been sent to current addresses on file; if you did not receive one please contact one of the classmate listed.

by James Rada, Jr.

As Emmitsburg prepares to have a solar array built along Creamery Road, individuals can also seek out alternative forms of energy to lower their energy costs. The State of Maryland even has programs to help residents make the switch to clean energy.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers grants for solar photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, geothermal heating and cooling, and wind turbine systems. Maryland requires that twenty percent of the energy sold in the state by 2022 be from renewable sources, so it is encouraging residents to help in that effort by subsidizing the costs to switch over to renewable.

Maryland residents can get: (1) $1,000 to help install 1 to 20 kW of solar photovoltaic cells. “Nearly every homeowner can benefit from solar power, and incentives make it more accessible than ever,” according to the Maryland Clean Energy Center; (2) $500 to install 10 to 100 square feet of solar water heating; (3) $3,000 to install a 1 to 10 ton capacity geothermal heating and cooling system; (4) $3,000 per kilowatt of normalized capacity of wind power systems. “Wind energy is a fully domestic source of energy and one of Maryland’s greatest homegrown and natural sources of energy,” according to the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Homeowners can receive more than one grant if they install different systems. According to the MEA website, “A home owner may receive awards that aggregate up to the maximum award per technology per fiscal year (from July 1 of any given year through June 30 of the next).”

Under the Maryland Home Energy Loan Program, the state helps you pay for your energy system conversion in an affordable way with loans of up to $20,000 at 6.99 percent interest.

Although the grants won’t cover the entire conversion costs, it significantly reduces them. The remaining costs are made up in savings seen, because you are generating your own energy rather than paying for it. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on their utility bills. Imagine if that money was staying in your bank account rather than going to the power company.

If you are lucky enough to have a system that generates more energy than you need, you will be paid for that excess amount by the power company. For instance, the Maryland Clean Energy Center website notes that, “A solar electrical system can reduce your energy costs and earn credits for excess power generated from peak producing times that is sent back into the local power grid.”

Renewable energy is already making its appearance in the region. Besides the Emmitsburg solar project, Mount St. Mary’s University not only has a solar array that generates 22-million kW annually, but the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center and Bicentennial Hall are heated and cooled with geothermal energy. Even some individuals like Rev. Jon Greenstone have installed solar panels to reduce their energy costs.

The Thurmont town government at one time was considering building a biomass plant that could generate power from organic wastes, and discussions have been held in the past in Emmitsburg about the viability of windmills on the nearby mountains to generate wind power.

For more information: Maryland Energy Administration at energy.maryland.gov/Residential/index.html; Maryland Clean Energy Center at www.mdcleanenergy.org.

by James Rada, Jr.

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

 

Blaine Young (R)

 

Why are you running for county executive?

I want to make a difference and be part of the solution. I am a unique candidate in that I am involved in many areas affected by our government: I own businesses; I have children in the public school system; I have children who attended community college and continued on to a state university. I volunteer in the community, I donate to many non-profits, and I own property. These experiences help me empathize with the struggles of our county residents.

I am just like every other county resident who gets up in the morning with the same goals in mind: Go to work to pay the bills and hopefully have a little left over to save for my kid’s college fund or my retirement, have time to see my kids play basketball or sing in a school play, all the while hoping that my children will be able to grow up healthy in a safe community and have opportunities better than anything I had. The residents I talk to want the ability to experience life with as little government intrusion as possible and keep as much of their money in their pockets as possible.

 

What are your qualifications to be county executive?

I was born and raised in Frederick City and have lived in the city or county my entire life. I served one term as an Alderman in the City of Frederick, and am now in my fifth year as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, the last four years as President of the board. During this time under my leadership, the board has fixed the underfunded pension system, has streamlined government, has held the line on taxes, has increased funding for and moved up school construction projects, and has passed the largest tax credit for senior citizens in the history of the county. I have an A.A. from Frederick Community College, a B. S. from Frostburg State University, and am currently in the one-year accelerated ELMBA program at Mount St. Mary’s and slated to graduate in October. I co-own a small business and have children in the school system.

 

What are the biggest issues facing the county as you see it?

First and foremost, Frederick County government needs to see to it that basic government services are provided at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer. School projects need to be built faster than programmed by prior boards, and that has been the policy of the current BOCC. Road projects need to be carefully chosen and then completed on time and on budget. The government bureaucracy should always be managed so that the taxpayer gets the most for his or her tax dollars. We need to continue the policies of the current BOCC to make the county as business friendly as possible. We have cut over 200 regulations, taxes, and fees and have streamlined the permitting process so that business feels welcome in this county, after many years of a hostile attitude from government toward business. Unemployment is currently 4.5 percent, and we need to do everything we can to continue to have a pro-business environment, as it is the quickest way to get vehicles off the road leaving the county for employment. It is good for the economy, our budget, and the community when people can live here and work here.

 

Why should someone at the north end of the county want to see you as county executive?

As a County Commissioner, I have always made myself available to the citizens and leaders of the northern end of the county. I have listened and heard loud and clear that the folks in the northern end of the county want less government, less taxes, and less fees. As a Board of Commissioners, we have been successful in working with the Town of Thurmont and the Town of Emmitsburg on several projects. First, we successfully restored municipal relations and ended the lawsuit between municipalities and the county. We ended doubled taxation by restoring tax equity payments and ended discussion of charging the municipalities a fee to send out their tax bills. I have made sure that I have attended the municipal meetings in both towns and always respond quickly when the mayor calls. We are currently working with the Town of Emmitsburg and Mount St. Mary’s on a major capital project for walking trails to benefit residents of the north county region.

 

Given the contentious nature of politics, how would you build a productive working relationship with others in elected office throughout the county?

I would have an open and transparent relationship with the council. I would ask them to please list their goals and objectives as individuals and as a body. First and foremost, I would listen to them, as they will decide how this county grows. As Executive, I will take their views into consideration in the management of the budget and the county employees. During this first ever term for a County Executive, I would have many neighbor and community meetings in the various council districts with their elected councilperson—regardless of party—to work together in solving our many diverse and complex problems. I would also continue the practice of the current BOCC of working with the municipalities, rather than treating them as adversaries, as was done by prior boards. We are all working towards the same goal of making Frederick County the best it can be today and for the future.

 

Jan Gardner (D)

 

Why are you running for county executive?

I am running to restore trust in government, ensure citizens a voice in the public process, and to provide full-time professional leadership as we transition to Charter Government. I love Frederick County and want Frederick County to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

I will focus on providing efficient and effective government services to ensure exceptional schools, safe communities, a vibrant economy, responsible growth management, and fiscal responsibility. I pledge honest government, to listen to competing views, and to treat citizens and employees with dignity and respect.

I bring back responsible growth management and end the millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies to developers by the Young Board. Instead, I will focus taxpayer dollars on core services like education, public safety, and services to seniors.

 

What are your qualifications to be county executive?

I was a County Commissioner for twelve years, including four years as the board president. My private sector experience includes working in manufacturing and distribution for the Quaker Oats Company, as well as a variety of work experiences in finance and accounting. I earned a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Xavier University.

I have strong working relationships with state officials as a result of my experience as President of the Maryland Association of Counties in 2007. I will make sure Frederick County has a seat at the table in Annapolis and will work to obtain our fair share of funding for schools, roads, senior services, and public safety.

I will work hard every day in the best interest of county residents.

 

What are the biggest issues facing the county?

As I travel the county, I hear a constant concern that county government is not open, that citizens who try to participate are treated disrespectfully, and concern that deals are being cut behind closed doors. I will propose the creation of a truly independent ethics commission. I will ask the council to restore ethics laws that make clear that county elected officials cannot do business with the county or profit from their position and will re-instate penalties for serious ethics violations. I will make sure that public processes remain open and transparent and will treat citizens and employees with  dignity and respect.

Responsible growth management is essential to maintaining our quality of life and to managing the budget. Strong job creation is essential to decrease traffic congestion, to expand our tax base to keep taxes low, and to ensure a vibrant community. I will restore responsible residential growth policies that time residential growth with the ability to provide schools, roads, and services. The current Board of County Commissioners has not listened to the public, has approved a tremendous amount of residential growth without adequate infrastructure or services, and has agreed to give away almost $200 million in property taxes to residential developers instead of requiring them to pay their way. Existing residents should not be stuck with the bill for needed infrastructure and services to support new growth or with a diminished quality of life.

People do not want to pay more taxes and want their money to be spent efficiently on core services to ensure excellent schools, a safe community, and services that people need. The current board has raised taxes by five to fifteen percent on most north county residents when the fire tax was merged into the county property tax. While many county jobs have been privatized, the county budget has increased by almost twenty percent or $90 million. Spending is at an all-time high and county government is the largest in history. I will end privatization that is costing taxpayers more and will end the subsidies to residential development.

Why should someone at the north end of the county want to see you as county executive?

My accomplishments for northern Frederick County include building new schools, the Thurmont Regional Library, and renovating the Emmitsburg Community Center that now houses the town offices and an expanded public library. I worked with local officials, PTA, and community members to complete the addition to Thurmont Middle School and to build the Thurmont Primary School. I supported adding air conditioning to Sabillasville Elementary School and opposed proposals to close the school.

I partnered with the Town of Emmitsburg in supporting the UpCounty Family Partnership, a program discontinued after I departed county government. I was also pleased to support the Thurmont Senior Center and will pledge to work with local town officials and the senior advisory board to restore some of the cuts made by the current board of county commissioners.

Given the contentious nature of politics, how would you build a productive working relationship with others in elected office throughout the county?

I will continue the long-standing practice of holding monthly municipal/county meetings and will re-institute county staff meeting with municipal staff each month to resolve issues before they become major problems. My door will always be open to municipal officials and to citizens. I support tax equity and tax differential formulas, so citizens living in municipalities are not double taxed. These formulas need to be updated, which I will initiate.

I have always believed it is important for elected officials to show up and to meet people where they are in the community. As your County Executive, you will see me out in the community so I can hear directly from people, know the issues, and problem solve solutions. County officials should meet with people, as well as municipal officials.