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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

The Legend of Catoctin Furnace, Part 2

by James Rada, Jr.

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three articles on the history and legends of Catoctin Furnace.

Catoctin Furnace Ironworks -Looking Back COLUMNIn the midst of its war for independence, the colonial government sought material to carry on the war. It found assistance in Catoctin Furnace.

In 1776, “The Council of Safety wrote Colonel James Johnson in mid-July, inquiring as to his ability to supply 60 cannon, 40 swivels (smaller than regular cannon and mounted to swing on a pivot), and 200 iron pots. A week later, and without waiting for an answer to their first letter, they increased their ‘order’ to 175 cannon,” former Catoctin Mountain Park Superintendent Frank Mentzer wrote in a series of articles about the history of Catoctin Furnace in The Frederick News.

Thomas Johnson replied saying that his company could supply about 60 kettles and Dutch ovens, with the expectation that more could be made within a short time. The Committee wasn’t interested in them.

As for the cannon, Johnson was doubtful of his ability to make them at Catoctin Furnace. He wrote the Council, “We shall also attempt to cast such guns as are wanted but cannot contract for them in all Events because the metal may not suit, though we have every Reason to expect it will. If we succeed in making good Gun the Public may have them del’d at Baltimore at 40 L a Ton the Guns being proved at the works at the public Expense, that swivels at their common price, but I should be glad if you would ascertain the length & other Descriptions as the make of cannon carrying the same shot vary very much. If any Body also will contract for a Certainty, I wish he should be preferred even at a greater price.”

Casting cannon required a specialized knowledge that the ironmasters at Catoctin Furnace didn’t have, according to Mentzer. The molds were made of a special mix of sand and clay and used a similar technique as used for casting bells. The molds were then lowered into pits near the mouth of the furnace, and earth was carefully packed around them. “Instead of filling the mold from the top, which could trap air and cause defects, a vertical runner was made to fill from the bottom, forcing the air out of the top.”

There is no record of cannon being successfully cast at Catoctin Furnace, but the ammunition for the cannon the Continental Army did have…now, that’s a different story.

“Henry Knox, Washington’s Colonel Commandant of Artillery, noted in his 1781 inventory that they had on hand 950 ten-inch shells cast at Catoctin Furnace,” Mentzer wrote.

While the dates would have allowed those shells to be used at the decisive Battle of Yorktown, as legend and the Maryland State Road Commission sign at the park notes, the only reference to this event is unverified letters the Johnson Brothers wrote.

Following the Revolutionary War, Catoctin Furnace’s next venture into legend related to James Rumsey’s steamboat. Rumsey was a Maryland inventor who built a steam-powered water-jet that propelled a boat upstream on the Potomac River.

Baker Johnson’s great-great-granddaughter told the Columbia Historical Society in 1913 that Thomas Johnson had been with Washington to witness the steamboat on March 14, 1786, and that some of the machinery was manufactured at Catoctin Furnace.

“Afterwards the machinery was taken back to Catoctin and for many years the cylinder, four inches in diameter, stood three feet above ground as a boundary between the Catoctin Furnace property and the land of William Johnson,” according to the Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Vol. 16.

Though this shaft was never found, The Baltimore Sun noted in a 1925 article, “A large iron shaft, which marks as a cornerstone a street in Frederick, was cast for one of Rumsey’s boats at Governor Johnson’s forge.” This shaft is encased in cement at the corner of West Patrick Street and Maxwell Avenue. It is said to be a marker on the National Road, but it is unlike most markers on the road, which lends credence to the idea that it could be a shaft from Rumsey’s steamboat.

However, the 1936 federal government report on the historical features of Cunningham Falls State Park looked at the historical claims of Catoctin Furnace and found, “we have proof that the boiler, pumps, and pipes were made in Baltimore and that other parts were made at Antietam Iron Works,” Charles Porter wrote in Catoctin in 1936. Mentzer also wrote that Catoctin Furnace wasn’t able to manufacture the thin-walled cylinders that the Rumsey needed and, instead, copper cylinders were made for him in Frederick Town.

Lacking hard evidence, this is one of the historical claims about the furnace that remains in doubt.

The Johnson Brothers dissolved their partnership in 1793, and Thomas and Baker Johnson took control of the furnace. They ran it unsuccessfully until 1803. Baker then bought out his brother and took sole control of the furnace. He, in turn, rented the property to Benjamin Blackford for ten years at $1,100 (about $13,000 in today’s dollars), according to Frederick County land records.

However, after Baker Johnson’s death in 1811, the land was sold to Willoughby and Thomas Mayberry. They paid 12,500 pounds for the land. Their partnership was later dissolved, and Willoughby took over the operation until 1820.

During their tenure, they started producing ten-plate stoves that could be used for cooking as well as heating. “Thus the thrifty Germans of the Monocacy Valley were among the first people of America to have the advantages of this more efficient method of heating,” Mentzer wrote in The Frederick News.

John Brien bought the furnace and made extensive improvements to the operation. During his ownership, the 32-foot high furnace produced 12-18 tons of pig iron a week, which slaves floated down the Monocacy to the markets.

Brien’s wife, Harriet, died in 1827. He built a small stone chapel for her near the furnace operations. Harriet Chapel was consecrated in 1833 and continues to serve the Episcopal community

by James Rada, Jr.

Jaguar -go with article by James Rada -photo by JamesWhen the temperatures rise in the summer, the big cats at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo take their naps in the shade. On really hot days, they take a swim in their pools.

The zoo has four species of large cats: an Amur leopard, a snow leopard, a jaguar, and two Bengal tigers. Lady is an Amur leopard, which is a critically endangered species.

“There are only thirty Amur leopards left in the wild and approximately 150 in protected environments in this country, and approximately 150 in protected environments in Europe and Asia,” said Catoctin Zoo Executive Director, Richard Hahn.

The Amur leopard’s coat is soft and fairly long. The coloring can differ somewhat between summer and winter. The winter coat is more yellow, varying from light yellow to yellowish-red. The summer coat is brighter, with more vivid coloration.

Male Amur leopards grow to be around 4.5 feet long and 2.5 feet high at the shoulder, with tails that are approximately 2.5 feet long. They can weigh anywhere from 70 to 105 pounds. Females, like Lady, are slightly smaller.

Tye the snow leopard is harder to find, even when it isn’t hot out. “He’s amazing at not being seen,” Hahn said. “Even in the winter when he’s fully exposed, it’s hard to see him.”

Snow leopards are roughly the size of Amur leopards. Their bodies show adaptations to the colder mountain environments that they are used to. For instance, they have large nasal cavities that help them breathe the thin, mountain air.

An interesting fact about snow leopards is that they can’t roar. They rely on hisses, mews, growls, and wails.

“The snow leopard and Amur leopard are on loan to us as part of a species survival plan,” Hahn said.

Evita the jaguar is a member of the largest cat species in the Western Hemisphere. Unlike leopards and tigers, jaguars can be found in the United States.

While a jaguar’s coloring resembles a leopard’s, the jaguar is larger. Some male jaguars can weigh over 300 pounds, though they typically weigh 125 to 210 pounds. They also range in length from 4 to 6.5 feet, not including the length of the tail.

Catoctin Zoo’s pair of white Bengal tigers is brother and sister, named Phoenix and Sheba. Because of their coloration, the white tigers can trace their ancestry back to India, where the white variation of Bengal tigers was first discovered.

Despite being siblings, the tigers—as well as all large cats, except for lions—tend to be solitary creatures.

The big cats at Catoctin Zoo are fed five to ten pounds of meat daily. How much they get depends on their size.

A healthy diet and good medical care means that these large cats will probably live twice as long as they would have in the wild.

These large cats, along with hundreds of other species of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, and reptiles, can be seen daily at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

October 31, 1937 – June 30, 2014

Jean’s husband, Rodman, their children, Patty, Cheryl, Robert, and Andrea, their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would like to offer this tribute to their wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Jean MyersJean Myers is pictured with her Grand Champion Coconut Cake during the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.

We always remember mom talking about attending Sunday school at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in Rocky Ridge. She was active in the church’s youth programs. She talked about when she and her sister, Peggy, sang “Whispering Hope” in church as a duet. Their mom forced them to sing it, but it turned into a great memory.

She learned the importance of voting in elections from her father and was a dutiful constituent.

She served as safety patrol officer in school and worked at the Thurmont Cooperative and Claire Frock Company soon after she and Rodman were married. She told stories about how Rodman would come home for lunch when he worked for his father on the farm. He would watch their kids while Jean ran to the store or completed other errands.

She worked side by side with dad on the farm, milking cows, doing field work, and driving the truck through the fields to gather up bales of hay or straw. She always liked driving Dennis Mathias around in the truck from farm to farm while he was combining.

She was proud that she and Rodman were able to purchase several neighboring farms in the area. She loved to watch the crops grow and be harvested.

While we were milking cows, one of mom’s duties was to walk back to the pasture to bring the cows in to be milked. There was one stubborn cow who would not come in from the pasture. Mom often told stories about how she would have to climb a hearty hill she named “heart attack mountain,” just to bring the one cow in to be milked.

Mom would usually get her hair done on Thursday mornings and then would run all of her errands, like going to the bank, grocery store, post office, etc. She and Rodman enjoyed eating at Mountain Gate Restaurant, where she enjoyed the soup and salad bar. She had a sweet tooth and enjoyed eating ice cream and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

She would listen to music: the Bob Miller Radio Show and the Blaine Young Show. She liked to watch airplanes and liked to attend the Thurmont community concerts on Sunday nights in Memorial Park.

Her children remember going to Williamsburg, Virginia, for their first vacation where their mom enjoyed looking at antiques. They also ventured to Florida to visit Disney World, Sea World, and the Kennedy Space Center in 1975. The kids remember eating at a different Red Lobster Restaurant every night for dinner.

Over the years, Jean and Rodman enjoyed attending National Grange Conventions and milk conventions where she would go on the women’s tours. She visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as Nashville, Tennessee, with Sonny and Marie McNair. She visited the Biltmore Estates and Niagara Falls. She also enjoyed the Calgary Stampede and the chuck wagon races. Jean and Rodman also had the opportunity to travel to Europe to visit their daughter, Andrea, when she lived overseas. Jean and Rodman recently visited Las Vegas in February with Patty and Dave. Jean also enjoyed occasional gambling in Charles Town, West Virginia, and loved attending the 4-H and fire company 20-20 dinners, as well as the Thurmont High School Class reunions every year, where she assisted with organizing her class reunion.

Mom was a good cook and enjoyed baking. She was well known for her delicious coconut cake, which won her Grand Champion at the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show two years in a row. She also enjoyed making brownies for the kids to eat at the fair and making peanut butter pies for the Rocky Ridge carnival, where she liked helping in the kitchen. Mom always made great tasting strawberry preserves, cobblers, pickled beets, angel food cake, and baked beans. The family’s friend, Dave Harman, nick-named her “Jean, Jean, the lean mean baking machine.”

She helped with the Baked Products Department judging and the Grange dinner at the Community Show, helped to sell sourdough products at Payne’s Hill, and helped at the Grange Hall during the Catoctin Colorfest. She was looking forward to this year’s community show Friday night program, when the 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner” will be honored, with Tommy Grunwell as the speaker.

She enjoyed serving on the St. John’s Lutheran Church Christian Preschool Board of Directors, where she attended board meetings, helped with planning the preschool graduations.

She liked to read newspapers and magazines and would get up early in the morning to get the newspaper and read it. She also enjoyed watching Regis and Kathy Lee, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, and she liked to feed the birds and the cats.

Mom enjoyed attending the Guardian Hose Company Parade, playing bingo at carnivals and church festivals, and going to the Frederick fair to watch her grandkids show their animals. She especially enjoyed watching the 4-H dog show on Monday morning during the fair. She helped to sell cookbooks in the Farm & Garden Building during the fair, and served on the cookbook committee for the grange for several cookbooks that were published. Her children remember typing a lot of recipes to be printed in the books.

Jean also liked to give Rodman lots of advice, whether he needed it or not. The kids remember Sunday night drives to look at the crops, as dad would say, and then would end up at the Market Basket in Thurmont for ice cream. They usually parked right beside the McNair family.

Mom got along well with everyone who worked on the farm: her son-in-laws, daughter-in-law, and her grandson-in-law, and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events on occasion. She always had ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, and snacks available while hay and straw wagons were unloaded. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren when they were little, bringing her bag of toys and Play-Doh. Stephanie remembers mom coming to pick her up from school when she was sick; she had the car lined in trash bags and a bucket, in case it was needed on the ride home. She always had a bell for a sick kid to ring if they needed anything, but she said that if you were too sick to go to school, then you were not allowed to watch TV either. She would give Stephanie a quarter if she would take a nap. This past Mother’s Day, she laughed so much watching her great grandchildren, Madison and Owen, riding around in their little car and being pulled through the yard really fast in their red wagon.

In closing, we would like to offer words of advice that were printed in a Maryland State Grange cookbook by Mae Moser, who was a member of the Thurmont Grange.

Life’s Recipe

1 cup of good thoughts

1 cup of kind deeds

1 cup of consideration of others

1 cup of sacrifice for others

3 cups of forgiveness

2 cups of well beaten faults

Mix these thoroughly and

add tears of joy and sorrow

and sympathy for others. Fold

in 4 cups of prayer and faith

to lighten the ingredients and raise

the texture to great the height of

Christian living. After pouring all of

this into your daily life, bake well

with the heat of human kindness.

Serve with a smile.

by Jim Houck, Jr.

Lyman Stambaugh Spec 4 U.S. Army

Co. A 2nd Battle Group 28th Inf. 24th Div.

Lyman_StambaughBorn December 15, 1936, in Thurmont in the old Rouzer Home Place (still standing today) to Maurice Melvin and Ethel Favorite Stambaugh, is a son they named Lyman. Lyman had four sisters: Francis, Doris, Lois, and Cecelia; and a brother named Charles, who died at an early age, and a stepbrother, Lee, who was killed in Korea in 1951 and is buried at Creagerstown, Maryland. The family moved to Woodsboro, Maryland, and Lyman went to school there through third grade; his family then moved back to Thurmont where Lyman was born. Lyman finished his schooling at Thurmont, where he excelled at playing baseball for the school team for three years, starting as short stop the first year and moving to third baseman for his last two years. He also subbed for the catcher, losing two teeth; he was also on the school’s soccer team until he graduated in 1955. Lyman delivered newspapers and then started to work for Vernon Myers at the old Shell station in 1953, while in high school, and then continued to work there after graduating school.

In December 1959, Lyman joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne and went to Fort Polk, Louisiana, for four weeks of basic training; he then went on to Fort Hood Texas, where he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division (Lyman didn’t like jumping from planes, so they left him out of that). Following that assignment, he then went to Fort Dix with orders for Korea, but after the orders were changed, he went to Fort Hamilton and was put on the U.S. Darvy for fourteen days, headed for Germany. He was to be stationed right outside of Munich, Germany, in a little place called Henri Concern, and then was assigned to Berlin, where he pulled guard duty while the Berlin Wall was being finished. Lyman then returned to Munich, Germany; while there, he took leave to visit Spain (Barcelona, Madrid) and ran with the bulls. Lyman was then sent to Cairo, Egypt, for some problems that needed police action. Lyman was getting ready for discharge in 1961, but the Bay of Pigs incident developed. He was put on an airplane and flown to the Congo, where he was squad leader for a while, but didn’t like it. He then went to Rome, Italy, where he was inoculated before he could return to Germany. When Lyman returned to Germany, he was awarded the CIB Badge—a Good Conduct Badge—and a Sharpshooter Badge. Lyman got out in May 1962. However, at that time, it was mandatory to stay in the reserves, in case there would be a call to action in Vietnam if necessary. A full Honorable Discharge was awarded to Lyman in 1965.

Lyman returned to Thurmont and went back to work for Vernon Myers at the gas station. He decided to go to work for Moore’s Business Forms, where he stayed for thirty-one years and then retired. After retiring, he went back to work at Moore’s for another fourteen years as a temporary employee, for a total of forty-four years. He also continued to work for Vernon Myers fourteen years part-time while working full-time for Moore’s.

Lyman has been married forty-nine years to Betty Lou Smith Stambaugh and has two children: Kim Cromwell, and her husband Jim, and Lyman C. Stambaugh, and wife Carol. Lyman also has three grandchildren: Jamie West and husband Curtis, Megan Miller and Corey, Samantha Stambaugh, and a great grandson, Curtis C. J. West.

Lyman remembers his first car was a 1941 Chevrolet with vacuum shift. Lyman met his love, Betty Lou Smith, at Donald Lewis’s Confectionary on the square, where she worked behind the counter. I’m sure if that old Chevy could talk, it would tell a lot of stories. Lyman, Betty Lou, and the kids lived in Sabillasville, Maryland, for thirty-four years, and then moved within walking distance of his full-time job. Lyman is a life member of AMVETS Post 7 Thurmont and a life member of the American Legion Thurmont, where he was Post Commander two years in 1985 and 1986. He is a member of Post 7 Honor Guard and marches in most parades, stands guard at funerals, and fires at graveside services. Lyman is a life member of South Mountain Rod and Gun Club, and likes to fish and hunt.

Lyman is 75 years old, going on 50, and I am proud to know him. He is energetic, intelligent, funny, and an extremely pleasant and easy-going man. I can picture him at 100 years old, marching in parades with that big smile on his face. Thank God for such a positive good-hearted veteran as Lyman Stambaugh.

I wrote this article about Lyman three years ago in my column in The Catoctin Banner. Lyman is now 78 years old and still going on 50. I can honestly say Lyman still comes to Color Guard practice and does guard duty at Veterans caskets. He still marches in parades. Lyman does everything the younger men do, and it seems to come to him easily. He can tell you some interesting stories about what he has seen and experienced in his 78 years.

I can truthfully say that I have great respect for Lyman, and I hope to remain as positive and good-natured as Lyman is when I reach 78.

God Bless You, Lyman Stambaugh, and may I still be writing about you when you reach 100…still going on 50.

OFC Daniel Fitzgerald, a Thurmont native, was recognized as the AMVETS Department of Maryland Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during this year’s Convention. His selection for this award was mandated by his dedication to duty, devotion to law and order, outstanding character, unswerving loyalty, and community service. The above attributes are highlighted by receiving several awards, including three from the Midwestern Region Traffic Safety Coalition, as a Traffic Safety Specialist, as well as being awarded the Police Department’s Life Saving Award.

His character is evident in his selection as Officer of the Year and community involvement by participating in “Shop with a Cop,” “Fish with a Cop,” as well as representing the department at the Community Show. Deputy Chief of Police added that OFC Fitzgerald is extremely self-motivated, volunteers for nearly every available special assignment, and does his best to adapt his workload in an effort to assist with fellow officers’ needs. Congratulations to OFC Fitzgerald from AMVETS Post 7.

by Bob Warden

It feels like spring turkey just ended, but, before you know it, the summer months will be gone and the new hunting seasons will be upon us. I hope your weapon of choice didn’t just collect dust in the off-season. During the off season, we owe it to ourselves and the game we hunt to practice, practice, practice! Whether it is shotgun, rifle, or bow—especially with a bow—we should start way ahead of time to have our equipment in the best possible condition to be able to make clean, ethical shots.

In the off-season, actually starting with the January outdoors shows, I check out and read up on new products. There is never a shortage. This year, there are many “new and improved” products that they say will make us better hunters. I read many trade magazines and read outdoorwire.com to see what I may want to try out in the up-coming seasons.

Every year, there are new broadheads and some redesigned old ones. Two that caught my eye were the new Rage 3 Blade with Kore technology that looks like it was designed by NASA, and G5’s new 2 blade Havoc. I heard feedback on the Havoc; I was told it performed well on African plains animals. According to the folks in some of the bow shops, one to keep an eye on is the Ramcat, which has been out for a few years but seems to be getting some air time.

In the trail camera department, they seem to get smaller and more technical each year. This year, we see more blackout designs, meaning there is no visible flash or glow when a picture is taken. Some think the red glow would spook deer when it takes pictures on the visible infrared models. Anyway, one that really made me take notice was Cuddeback E3 Blackflash with its 20 megapixel camera. It’s hard to believe a few years ago we were putting film in a trail cam and the flash was so bright that it was whiting out the photo when it went off at night. We also had to run to a one-hour film development to see if we had any pictures. Now we can carry a viewer in the field and instantly see what we have.

If you have any beginner bowhunters, there are some great ready-to-hunt set-ups. The ones I like are the Diamond Infinite Edge, which adjusts from 5lb to 70lb draw weights and 13-30 inch draw lengths for around $350.00; or the new Bear Cruzer which is also 5lb to 70lb draw weight and 12-30 inch draw lengths for around $400.00. Both come with everything you need with the exception of a release and some arrows.

These are just a few products that stuck with me. We could fill this paper up with everything that’s new. If it interests you, sign up for daily emails from the outdoorwire.com, and you can keep up with everything that’s going on in the industry.

With a few weeks to go, I also start getting my camo ready by washing it in the scent-free products, hanging it outside to dry, and packing it in scent-free bags. My camo of choice for early season is Mossy Oak Obsession because of the amount of green in it. As the season progresses, I switch over to Mossy Oak Break-up because of its darker shades. Don’t be afraid to wear a different camo patterned shirt or jacket and different camo patterned pants. I mix and match all the time, depending on the cover I am hunting in.

In a short time, you will be sitting in a goose blind or sitting in a tree, full of anticipation, while waiting for that first flock of geese to pitch in or that first deer to come within bow range. Whatever your choice, make sure you read your MD Hunting Guide. There are some changes in antler restrictions, antlerless bag limits, and Sunday hunting, depending on where you hunt. Get permission and carry a written permission slip and an ID. IT’S THE LAW!

As always, check your equipment and have a safe and successful season!

Some opening days to remember: Resident Goose—September 1, 2014; Doves—September 1, 2014; Archery Deer—September 5, 2014; Fall Turkey—November 1, 2014; Junior Deer—November 15-16, 2014; Deer Firearms—November 29, 2014.