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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 Gracie Eyler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information or to learn more about the show, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104 or via email at  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.

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:

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

 Jean Myers

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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.

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 Deb Spalding

Recently, on the grounds behind Catoctin High School, a tiny black kitten followed student, Ginny Kelly, and her friends, as they walked through the parking lot. Girls being girls, they picked up the cute kitten. When they tried to put it in a safe place to leave it, the kitty accidentally jumped into a 12-foot rain well.

Catoctin’s helpful custodial staff quickly came out to help brainstorm a way to get the kitty out of the hole. They were not successful. Next, some folks at the Catoctin Vet Clinic were contacted and arrived at the school to see if they could offer assistance. Eventually, Frederick County Animal Control was called. Ron from Animal Control fished a net with food down the hole, and the kitten crawled into the net and was pulled to safety unharmed.

Ginny and her mom, Nicole, of Emmitsburg, volunteered to foster the black kitten temporarily. If you are interested in adopting the kitten, please email

The little black kitty was not the only kitten behind the school, there was actually a colony of about fifteen or so cats. Karen Kinnaird of Cuddles Cat Rescue in Thurmont has been working diligently to help gain control of our area’s feral cat population, including those at Catoctin High School. On July 24, 2014, she said that she took three cats for sterilization—shots and spay and neuter. Two of them were from the high school. Another two kittens had already been adopted from the high school, and a vet is housing four more kittens. Four from the high school were spayed and neutered and are now at a horse farm in Emmitsburg.

Karen said that rehoming the cats using the nationwide TNR (trap, neuter, and return) Program is helping to manage our local colonies. Once the males are neutered, it keeps other cats away. Right now, some monies for these purposes were made available through a great Pet Smart grant, partnered through the Frederick County Humane Society. Unfortunately, this grant money is winding down.

Karen said, “Now that we [Cuddles Cat Rescue] are non-profit, I can apply for grants.” She addressed the rescue’s current needs, stating, “Right now, we can use old towels and newspapers, bed pads, cat food, etc.”

Karen stressed that once the cats are sterilized, one of their ears is tipped. So if you see a feral/wild cat with a tipped ear, it has already been through the TNR Program.

Cuddles Cat Rescue is looking for volunteers to help with feeding and trapping the feral cats and driving them to and from the veterinarian for sterilization. They are also looking for volunteers to be foster families for the kittens and adult tame cats before they are adopted. Eventually, their goal is to have their own building to keep food, supplies, traps, cages, and to house an adoption center.

Please help Cuddles Cat Rescue by donating your supplies, time, and/or money. Also, if you or anyone you know has an empty building that could be used, please email

The courtyard at the Cozy Restaurant is shown on its last day of business, June 8, 2014.

by James Rada, Jr.

Cozy-outsideThurmont has lost one of its iconic businesses. The Cozy Restaurant was the oldest restaurant in Maryland, continuously owned by one family. That’s right….was. When the restaurant closed its doors on Sunday, June 8, 2014, it closed for good.

The closing means that around seventy-five employees, mostly part-time, will need to find new work. Parties and events that had been scheduled at the Cozy will need to find new venues.

“The motel will stay open, and we may rent or sell the restaurant,” owner Jerry Freeze told the Frederick News Post. “I’m almost eighty, and there really isn’t anyone left in the family to run the business. I never thought I would want to retire.”

Cozy-inside--WillysThe Cozy Inn and Restaurant began in 1929, when Wilbur Freeze purchased property on Frederick Road to build a tourist camp that consisted of three cottages, tents, shower building, rest room, and a gas station.

The restaurant had long been associated with Camp David since the Herbert Hoover administration. The Inn served as the original housing for Secret Service agents during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. The restaurant even had a Camp David Museum, which showed photos and memorabilia of Camp David, the Cozy, and the presidents who had visited over the years.

The restaurant portion of the Cozy Inn began in 1933. A small bar and luncheonette that could accommodate twenty people was built next to the gas station. It was built because Prohibition had ended and alcohol could be sold again.

Cozy-insideIn recent years, the Cozy’s buffet featuring meats, vegetables, salads, soups, and desserts has been a popular feature at the restaurant. It was a popular stop for tour buses passing through the region. According to the Cozy website, more than twenty million people have dined at the Cozy since it opened.

The closure of the restaurant does not affect the operation of the Cozy Inn and its twenty-one President-themed rooms and cabins.

The Cozy Restaurant was a member of the Maryland Restaurant Association Hall of Fame and the National Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.

Publisher’s Note:

On June 20 and 21, 2014, Cozy hosted a sale of the restaurant’s equipment and furnishings. Greeters would accept price inquiries about items and, “Check with Jerry [Freeze, the owner]” to see how much he wanted for each item.  If he was undecided, you were invited to fill out a bid sheet and, “put it in the box. He’ll call you if he accepts the bid.”  It was a strange going-out-of-business sale that emphasized the restaurant’s awkward closing after its 85-year run.

Cupcakes Now Available at Kountry Kitchen in Thurmont

by Deb Spalding

sherry cupcakesThe Thurmont Kountry Kitchen Restaurant is known for its homemade sheet cakes, especially Red Velvet Cakes. But for about a year, they have been creating cupcakes to meet a growing demand.

With owner Pat Ridenour’s 7 year old granddaughter, Jayden, on hand for support, Pat and her daughter, Sherry Myers, make sheet cakes, as well as various flavors of cupcakes. Some cupcakes are made from scratch and some are made from box mixes. Flavors include Almond Joy, chocolate with peanut butter icing, mint chocolate chip, lemon, strawberry shortcake, caramel apple pie, Mystery Machine with Scooby Do, Teddy Bear, Red Velvet, Coconut, Snickers, Dirt with worms, and every week a new flavor. If you have any requests, please call.

While watching as the cupcakes were being iced on a Monday, Jayden said, “I love cupcakes!” Cupcakes are $1.50 a piece, if you buy more than 12, they are $1.25 each. Some specialty cupcakes are $2.00 each. Call 301-271-4071 or stop by the restaurant at 17 Water Street in Thurmont.

Look for more photos on Catoctin Banner Facebook page.

Ebg-her-Day-jasmineEmmitsburg has held a fireworks show for years, but this year the Emmitsburg Lions Club and its sponsors hosted a day-long free festival on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The day was packed with fun stuff for people of all ages and interests including fitness, sports, a bike rodeo, horseshoe tournament, kickball tournament, exhibits, vendors, a yard sale, car show, bingo, swimming, a book sale, parade, food, open houses, bands, rides, music, and of course, fireworks.

Ebg-her-Day-kickerdoodlesWinners of the Old Field Games follow:

The Greased Pig Chase winners were: ages 1-6, Blake Cool; ages 7-11, Mason Joy; ages 12-16 Mathew Legare; and 17 years and older, Dennis Ebaugh.

Ebg-Her-day-3-leg-raceSack Race Winners included: ages 1-4, Sophia Padget 1st and Leah Scarzello 2nd; ages 5-8, Abby Reiger 1st and Mary Legare 2nd; ages 9-12, Mason Joy 1st and Josh Maze and Madison Flohr 2nd; ages 13-16, John Walker 1st and Kegan Greer 2nd; ages 17 and older, Rick Oleszczuk 1st and Dave Zentz 2nd. Singles Sack Race 2nd Heat winners were Jenna Zentz 1st and Evan Ott 2nd.

Ebg-her-Day-vet-vendorDoubles Sack Race Winners were: ages 5-8, Hailie Dawson and Tesssa McKenzie 1st and Jack Scarzello and Eva Oleszcuk 2nd; ages 9-12, Makenna Stambaugh and McKaila Heims 1st and Mason Joy and Josh Maze 2nd; ages 13-16, Elizabeth Buchheister and Tara O’Donnell 1st and Jacob Hahn and Keegan Greer 2nd; ages 17 and older, Bridget McCarthy and Cynthia Fraga 1st and Makenna Stambaugh and McKaila Heims 2nd.

Ebg-Her-Day-eggEgg Toss winners were tied by Team Noah Oleszczuk and Evan Ott and Team Wady Joy and Mason Joy.

Water Balloon Toss winners were Chris Stahley and Garrett Ridenour.

Pie Easting Contest winners were: ages 5-8 years, Grady Abruzzese 1st and Meara McVearry 2nd; ages 9-12, Madison Flohr and Evan Ott; ages 13-16, Michael Larrivee 1st and Mady Crampton 2nd; ages 17 and older, Jerry Wilson 1st and Elizabeth Hoover 2nd.

Ebg Her Day watermelonWatermelon Eating Contest winners were: up to 4 years, Sophia Legare 1st and Avrey Stockman 2nd; ages 5-8 years, Jack Scarzello 1st and Satiago Canadas 2nd; ages 9-12, Madison Flohr 1st, ages 13-16, Jack McCarthy 1st and Matt Legare 2nd; ages 17 and older, Rose Samples 1st and Erin Oleszczuk 2nd.

Ebg-Her-Day-bugCasting Contest winners were: up to 4 years, Avery Stockman; ages 5-8, Faith Cool; ages 9-12, Jacob Smith; ages 13-16, David Stockman; ages 17 and older, Dave Shields.




Photos by Deb Spalding

by Ashley McGlaughlin

In 2013, the Catoctin Youth Association (CYA) U15 lacrosse team completed their 2013 season and claimed their title as division champions in the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse Conference Festival on May 18, 2013, at Heritage Farm Park.

Most of these young men moved up and continued to play lacrosse for the Junior Varsity team at Catoctin High School (CHS), completing their 2014 season with a record of 9-3.

CHS Junior Varsity finished their season with a remarkable record: winning nine games and only losing three. Families and friends would gather at each game to watch them play as one, and the head coach witnessed improvement in each individual player as the season progressed. “The players are very talented individuals. I’m looking forward to seeing these players next season and to see how much they have improved since last season,” said Head Coach of Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Jeffrey Entwistle.

Most of these players have grown up together, having played lacrosse since they were very young. “All of our skills mesh together to make a positive result,” said Team Captain Andrew Douwes.

At the end of every game, win or lose, they stayed positive. This sportsmanship gained them the respect of other teams. Junior Varsity goalie, Keith Dorsey, especially aided in their wins with his goalie skills. He completed the season in the top five Junior Varsity goalie record in the county for his goals saved.

Some of the other teammates were first-time lacrosse players, so they taught each other, and learned from every mistake. “Next season will be different since some of us will be advancing to Varsity. Even though we have been playing together since the fifth grade, I think it’s going to be interesting to see how we perform at different skill levels,” said Team Captain Adam Fields.

At the end of the season, every player was satisfied with what they had accomplished. Next year, they wish to break their record and continue to play as one family. Good luck for next season Cougars!

Maryland Express 14U Girls Fastpitch Softball Team Captures USSSA State Title

The Maryland Express 14U Girls Fastpitch Softball Team competed in the USSSA State Tournament on June 20-22, 2014.  The team went 5 and 0, beating Anne Arundel Heat, Maryland Chill, Olney Black Cougars, and the Heartbreakers twice on their road to the championship.  They scored 32 runs and allowed only 10 runs during the tournament.  Ashley Mayton was the winning pitcher for all five games.  Members of the Championship Team are:  Taylor Beckley, Natalie Holmes, Lily Kapfhammer, Madelyn Krantz, Ashley Mayton, Abbey McMaster, Abigayle Perry, Jordan Pryor, Ashley Roberts, Olivia Stah, and Paige Tolbard.  Head Coach is Tracie Lehman and Assistant Coaches are Jason Watts, Craig Beckley, and Jimmy Pryor.

Catoctin-Ettes Give Free Baton Twirling Classes

The Catoctin-Ettes, Inc., a local, non-profit youth organization, is hosting a FREE, four-week baton twirling course for the beginner twirler!

Classes meet on four consecutive Mondays (began on Monday, June 23, 2014) at the Emmitsburg Community Center Gym, from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Classes are geared for students five years to teen years. Batons are loaned free of charge for class time.

This is a great opportunity to determine your child’s interest for twirling with no commitments and no financial outlay whatsoever! If enough interest is shown, they will begin a second session. To register, please email Donna Landsperger at or call 240-405-2604.

Bueso Named School Counselor of the Year

The Frederick County Association of Counseling and Development has named Thurmont Middle School counselor and department chair, Sherry Bueso, School Counselor of the 2013-2014 School Year.

“Sherry is the foundation of our counseling department at Thurmont Middle School,” says Principal Jennifer Powell.

Having worked as Thurmont Middle school counselor for twenty-two years, Ms. Bueso has developed several highly effective programs. She has coordinated the Young Women Leadership Program, which pairs eighth grade girls with a big sister from Mount St. Mary’s University. The students and their mentors meet weekly to improve student self-esteem, discuss relevant issues facing teens today, and learn leadership skills.

Ms. Bueso also initiated an outstandingly successful program called “Life After Middle School.” It involves parents of eighth graders in an evening of presentations about the expectations and decisions their children will face throughout high school. The program was such a success at Thurmont Middle School that FCPS expanded it throughout the county and presents it in conjunction with Frederick Community College.

Eighth grader Ally Davis shares her appreciation: “I know I can depend on Mrs. Bueso. She is a caring, understanding person.”

Koepke Wins Prestigious Award

The 2014 Giant Food-Sophie Altman Coach of the Year trophy was awarded to John Koepke, the It’s Academic Coach at Catoctin High School.

Each year, eighty-one of the best scholastic teams in the Baltimore area compete on It’s Academic, shown each week on WJZ, Channel 13. For thirty-three years, Mr. Koepke has worked with his students, inspiring them to compete on the highest level.

It’s Academic is proud to recognize John Koepke’s dedication, his enthusiasm, and his contribution to education. It’s Academic is recognized by the Guiness Book of Records as the longest-running quiz show in the world.

Volunteer Recognition at SES

On June 9, 2014, volunteers were recognized at Sabillasville Elementary School (SES). Place mats made by each of the classes were given to the volunteers, along with a potted plant.

During the 2013-2014 school year, there were fifty-two registered volunteers who donated 1,283 hours to the school.

Those honored with more than 500 hours during their tenure were Angie Hahn, Joan Fry, and April Sharpe.

A light brunch was served and everyone enjoyed socializing with the Principal and Teachers.

2015 Catoctin High School Safe & Sane

The 2015 Catoctin Safe & Sane Graduation Committee will hold a meeting of interested parents of the Class of 2015, Wednesday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Rocky’s Pizza in Thurmont. Any and all interested parents of the Class of 2015 are invited to attend the meeting. There are many activities planned and committee chairpersons are needed to make these events a success for our seniors. For more information contact Cheryl Phelan at Upcoming events and meeting minutes can be seen on the website at or visit our Facebook page — Catoctin High Safe & Sane Class of 2015.

The 2015 Catoctin Safe and Sane Graduation Committee is hosting the Fish Bowl game booth at the Thurmont Carnival during the week of July 7-12, from 6:00-10:30 or 11:00 p.m. Parents are needed to work the booth. Please contact if you are available to help. The contribution of your time will make the first fundraiser of the 2015 graduation year a success for your student.

by Nicki Milbourne and Megan Millison

2014-2015 Chapter Officers from left are: (back row) Dusty Hahn, Stephanie Kennedy, Kayleigh Best, and Johnny Kempisty; (front row) Kayla Umbel, Nicki Milbourne, Hannah Barth, and Megan Millison.

The 2014 Catoctin FFA Parent/Member Banquet was held at Catoctin High School on May 15, 2014. The Banquet was called to order by President Lauren Schur. The evening began with dinner catered by Mountain Gate Restaurant. After dinner, everyone gathered in the auditorium to begin the awards ceremony.

There were many awards, degrees, and scholarships presented during the ceremony. The Scholastic Achievement award, which goes to the member with the highest GPA, was awarded to Aislinn Latham. Four members received their Greenhand Degree and ten members received their Chapter Degree. This year two students were awarded the Star Greenhand Award. This award is given to first-year members who went above and beyond standard expectations within the chapter. This year it was awarded to Jonathan Hubbard and Maybelin Cruz.

The 2014 Star chapter award was presented to Ashley McAfee. Three students were recognized for their outstanding SAE projects. Lauren Schur was awarded the Star in agribusiness, Jacob Shriver was awarded the Star in Ag-placement, and Ashley McAfee was awarded the Star farmer.  Cathy Little and Brian Hendrickson were installed as Honorary Members. Kelly Kirby, Denise Shriver, and Avery Tucker were presented with the Advisor Appreciation Award.  Ashley McAfee was presented the 2014 Dekalb Award.  Cody Harmon was honored as outstanding Ag mechanics student.  Hannah Barth was recognized as the outstanding horticulture student.  Norman and Sandy Shriver were recognized for all of their help and support of the annual butchering. Ten FFA members also received an FFA jacket from the help of ten jacket sponsors. Nine senior FFA members earned an FFA cord to be worn at graduation this year.  Ashley Ridenour was presented as the Thurmont Grange unsung hero, while Hannah Barth was honored as the Community Show unsung hero. Jacob Shriver was honored as the Farm Bureau Unsung Hero. FFA members also received a certificate listing all of the activities they participated in throughout the past year. Six members were awarded scholarships from numerous sponsors. Jonathan Hubbard was the top sales person for the meatstick, spring citrus and nut, and fall citrus fundraisers. Matthew Lenhart earned the award for top butchering sales person.  Wyatt Farmer and Nicki Milbourne were recognized for their proficiency applications. Justin McAfee was recognized for receiving his $1,000 SAE grant.

The evening wrapped up with the installation of the 2014-2015 chapter officers. The new officers include: President — Nicki Milbourne, Vice-President — Hannah Barth, Secretary — Megan Millison, Treasurer — Kayla Umbel, Reporter — Johnny Kempisty, Sentinel — Dustin Hahn, Historian — Stephanie Kennedy, and Junior Advisor — Kayleigh Best.

Local Students Recognized as 2014-2015 Local Frederick County Dairy Maids at Celebration in May

The 2014 Frederick County Dairy Princess Celebration was held on May 18, 2014, at the Woodsboro Volunteer Meeting Hall in Woodsboro, Maryland. Along with the recognition of the 2014-15 Frederick County Dairy Princess was also the recognition of the Frederick County Dairy Maids, consisting of four students from the Catoctin community.

Kayla Umbel, the daughter of Chad and Sandy Umbel of Emmitsburg, attends Catoctin High School. Kayla served as a Dairy Maid, appearing at numerous dairy promotions and participating in Ag Week at the Mall. Kayla is a member of the Frederick County Junior Dairy Club and the Holstein Association. She received awards for her record books, and her animals were nominated Junior All-American. Kayla is a member of the Catoctin FFA Chapter and participates in many FFA activities. She is president of her 4-H Club and an Honor Roll student.

Elizabeth Bisbee, the daughter of Judy and Jamison Bisbee, Sr., attends Catoctin High School.  She is a member of the Tom’s Creek 4-H Club, Maryland Brown Swiss Association and Beef, Sheep & Swine Club. Elizabeth participated in the swine workshop and received many awards in the 4-H dairy judging and dairy bowl programs. She participates at the Sabillasville Elementary School math club and helps at the soup kitchen.

Kaylee Smith, the daughter of Robin Smith of Thurmont, attends Catoctin High School.  She is a member of the Lewistown 4-H Club and Catoctin FFA Chapter.  She has given a 4-H demonstration at her local 4-H club on how milk is made and shipped to stores and has also participated at the Tractor Supply petting zoo.  Kaylee enjoys showing dairy animals and participating in activities which the FFA and 4-H Club sponsors. She also enjoys horseback riding.

Tiffany Lenhart, the daughter of Tina and Jerry Lenhart, attends Thurmont Middle School.  She is a member of the Lewistown 4-H Club and the Ayrshire Association. She has given a demonstration in her 4-H Club on how to show a cow.  She has been on the Honor Roll at school and also has had perfect attendance.  She will be participating in volleyball and cheerleading in the fall.