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MSS Breakfast with Santa & Christmas Bazaar

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

Start Pulling Out Your Holiday Decorations!

The Catoctin Banner’s

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Field Woodworking’s Christmas Open House

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

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

Troxell—One Name…One Night

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

EVAC Bingo Bash

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

Concerts at MorningStar Family Church

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

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

MSS Thirty-One, Coach & Vera Bradley Bingo

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

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association Events

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

Country Butchering

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

Veterans Day Open House at Thurmont Senior Center

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

Retro-Rockets 50’s and 60’s Dance

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

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

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

The Wonder of Winter Art Exhibit

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

Santa’s Christmas Craft Show

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

Guardian Hose Company Holiday Bazaar

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

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

Thurmont Holiday Gallery Stroll

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

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

For more information or to become a participant, email

Free Children’s Christmas Party

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

Catoctin Forest Alliance Art Exhibit and Show

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

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

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

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

For more information about CFA, visit or contact Jim Robbins, CFA President, at or 301-693-9703.

Poetry Reading at Holy Grounds Cafe

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

Noises Off

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

Foothills Artists

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

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


Lindsay Brandt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lindsay Brandt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pet Show

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

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

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

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

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

Horseshoe Pitching Contest and Log Sawing Contest

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

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

Decorated Animal Contest

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


Champions and Reserve Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

James Rada, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Rada, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deb Spalding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmitsburg Alumni Banquet Honor Class of 1969.

Deb Spalding

FF Memorial ladder trucks with flag by Bill Green for the NFFFIn preparation of the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service that is held in October in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg’s fire personnel and volunteers fill multiple rolls year-round. For this year’s 33rd annual event held on the weekend of October 11 and 12, 2014, the folks at Vigilant Hose Company washed a huge U.S. flag then hung it to dry in the four-story stairwell at the station on West Main Street in Emmitsburg. Witnessing the flag, Wayne Powell, Executive Director of the National Fire Heritage Center (located within the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum on South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg) said, “It was something to see.”

This same flag was later suspended between two ladder trucks, Emmitsburg’s and Walkersville’s, to create the gateway through which guests entered the memorial. This is just one example of support services conducted by the folks at the Vigilant Hose Company and the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum to help the U.S. Fire Service. This year, the lives of ninety-eight firefighters who died across the United States in the line of duty in 2013 and nine firefighters who died in previous years, were honored during the memorial services at the National Fire Academy.

More than 5,000 people, including Members of Congress, administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, as well as families, friends, and co-workers of the fallen firefighters attend this event. Vigilant Hose Company’s Chief, Frank Davis, said, “In 2001, the night before the memorial service, I received a telephone call at 6:00 p.m. requesting seventy-five fire trucks on the grounds of the Fire Academy for the service the next day to prepare for the president to attend. We were up all night, but we did it.” President George W. Bush attended this service in 2000 and 2001. It was during the service in 2001, held just a month after 9/11, that President George W. Bush announced that he had to leave early in order to make a special announcement. That evening, he announced from the White House that our country was going to war.

Emmitsburg resident, Dr. Bill Meredith, is credited with dubbing Emmitsburg with the nickname,  Firetown, USA. After retiring as a professor from Mount St. Mary’s College, Dr. Meredith played in a band called the Firetown Band. The name caught on. Emmitsburg certainly lives up to its nickname. As home to the National Fire Academy and the grounds where the Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located, Emmitsburg sees a steady stream of firefighters and fire personnel throughout town. Vigilant Hose Company has become the most visited firehouse in the United States, even surpassing Station #10 and Ladder #10 at Ground Zero in New York City.

The Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum on South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg is also the home to the National Fire Heritage Center. The Center houses many interesting artifacts from famous fires and data about the how firefighting has evolved over the years. Visitors may see fire station log books from Station #10 at Ground Zero on 9/11/2001, from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where volunteers responded to a plane crash in a field on 9/11; and from Arlington County, Virginia, Engine Company 10, where volunteers watched as a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. These log books and many, many artifacts make a trip to this museum fascinating.

On Saturday, despite some rain, the Red Helmet Riders cruised through Emmitsburg on their motorcycles to show support for the fallen. Later that evening, a quick procession of bag pipe bands traveled from the Vigilant Hose Company to the town square and then filled the Ott House Pub. These same bag pipe brigades and drum units—comprised of musicians from all over the country—came together to provide poignant music during the emotional memorial service on Sunday.

At the memorial service, families of the fallen received flags that have flown over the U.S. Capitol and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. What an honor it is to serve as hosts to such an impactful event. In the thirty-three years that this service has been held, Emmitsburg has been the host location for all services, except one. In 2002, due to the large number of firefighters who perished 9/11/2001, the service was held in Washington, D.C.

For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates, go to For information about the Vigilant Hose Company, visit the station in person at 25 West Main Street in Emmitsburg or online at For information about the National Fire Heritage Center, visit them in person on South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg or online at

MountainFest Weekend in Sabillasville

by Chris O’Connor

COLUMN mountain fest -Juanita Pfister and daughter OliviaA rather inauspicious opening day of MountainFest at Sabillasville Elementary School in Sabillasville, Maryland, deterred many visitors due to the chilly, misty weather.

Sunday, the overcast skies gave way to sun and warmer temperatures and attendance typical of the decades old annual arts and crafts festival sponsored by the Northwestern Frederick County Civic Association (NFCCA).

The NFCCA headed by President George Kuhn describes the gathering as a unique alternative for artisans and crafters to display their wares in an ideal environment without the crush of crowds and parking fees.  He considers the relaxed country setting a perfect place for friends and neighbors to gather and enjoy local churches’ baked goods, live music, an affordable meal, and ice cream from Antietam Dairy, an ever-welcome fixture at MountainFest.

Robert Eyler of Rocky Ridge provided fare from his food truck on Saturday and Sunday.  The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and other items, but he sold out of pit beef and soup both days, a testament to the popularity of Eyler’s chow.

MountainFest is the only fundraiser held by the NFCCA.  It primarily benefits students through the Catoctin feeder school system who choose to apply for scholarships. George, whose duties include vendor registration and assignment of spaces, explained that there are three categories of scholarships, including academic, auto industry, and the lesser known designation for individuals wishing to continue their education.

There were approximately twenty-five exhibitors at the show, including George who had a wide array of antiques and collectibles that he’s found at a variety of sales. He claims no special knowledge, but happily enjoys the quest and how interesting he considers the individual items he finds.

MountainFest draws in crafters and artisans from towns hither and yon.  Jack and Holly Olszewski of Cascade, Maryland, displayed their fossils, crystals, minerals, and massive teeth from the ancient megaladon.

Jerry Stiffler from Wellsville, Pennsylvania, builds distinctive cupboards and shelving fashioned from salvaged antique wood from deserted barns and other buildings slated for demolition.  He strives to learn the age and history of the structure and includes that information with the purchase of each piece.

Another popular draw was hand-crafted jewelry by Deanna Maginnis from Myersville, Maryland, who designs and fabricates her own jewelry from a variety of beads to semi-precious stones, including freshwater pearls to Swarovski crystals.

Sunday, the emerging sun illuminated glistening chrome and shiny paint jobs, highlighting another popular feature of MountainFest, the much anticipated annual car show, founded over thirty years ago by the late Kenny Tressler.

George Kuhn credits the continued success of the car show to current chairman Jason Worth of Sabillasville, who registered 110 antique and classic rides this year. Funds raised from the car show go toward the NFCCA scholarship fund.

Jason, who has helped with the annual car show for six years and been the chairman for three, points out that the show isn’t limited to antique or classic cars, or what car lovers describe as “Detroit Muscle.”  Any car can be entered in the show for a $10.00 fee, which allows the entrant to vote for twenty-five awards and a chance at a variety of door prizes offered by local businesses from Thurmont; Emmitsburg; and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, who generously provide goods and services.

Jason extends his gratitude to everyone who contributed cash and/or door prizes, the gathering of which involves friends and family who volunteer to visit the local businesses and cites ultimate beneficiaries:  students looking for a financial boost in their respective hopes to further their education with NFCCA scholarships.

Three additional awards included one for the vehicle that traveled the greatest distance, which hailed from Bunker Hill, West Virginia. The Oldest Vehicle award was bestowed on 1927 Ford Model A. Voted Best in Show was a ’69 Chevelle.

A fitting finale to a beautiful Sunday at MountainFest was punctuated by rumbling thunder from the exhaust systems of the cars, a veritable symphony to any car enthusiast’s ears as the participants departed the show grounds.

The descending sun reflected in the cars spotless paint jobs and flashed like lightning as the show cars headed toward the horizon.

For information, contact George Kuhn at 301-241-3997 or Jason Worth at 301-241-4537.

by Deb Spalding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think Pink

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

Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins Opens in Thurmont

by James Rada, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pivot Physical Therapy

by Ashley McGlaughlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cozy House of Curiosities

by Deb Spalding

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

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

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

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

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

Thurmont Lions Club 2014 Christmas Ornament

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

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

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

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by Joan Fry

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Comings will be greatly missed.








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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