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Fall is a wonderful time to get out and run! The ESP Performing Company is pleased to announce their 4th Annual Autumn 5K Run Fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. The dancers at ESP Performing Company always enjoy giving back to their community, almost as much as they love dancing. Last year, they were able to donate $900 to The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund. The Hurwitz Fund directly benefits folks in our community by helping breast cancer patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital. ESP proudly dedicates the 5K fundraiser in memory of Pamela Grey Hobbs, a former dancer at ESP.

The ESP Autumn 5K Run is always a ton of fun. The event is open to all levels of fitness. The course is on the beautiful campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University and includes both paved and soft surface terrain. There are a few inclines mixed in with quite a bit of flat, easy pathways. The ESP 5K is great for experienced runners and a wonderful opportunity for first-timers. First-timers should consider a “Couch to 5K” type plan to prepare for the event. These training programs can be found on a number of sites online.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at several different levels. For sponsorship information or for runner registration, please contact any ESP Performing Company Dancer or contact David Mitchener at 240-315-4379 or email dmitch13@hotmail.com.  All runners registered by October 11 will receive a custom Gnarly Artly ESP Fall 5K T-shirt.

In addition to fundraising and community service, the Award Winning ESP Performing Company loves to dance! The company dancers have just returned from Groove National Dance Competition in Atlantic City, where they received numerous awards and special recognition. The dancers are already hard at work preparing for the 2014-15 dance season. Your first opportunity to see them perform will be Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the In The Street Festival in downtown Frederick. October will bring their annual crowd pleasing Colorfest performances. ESP will dance both Saturday and Sunday Colorfest weekend in the Thurmont Town Park. At the end of October, the dancers will return for a ghoulish performance at Halloween In The Park.  In November, the ESP Performing Company begins their competition season, which will take them up and down the East Coast, culminating with Dance Makers National Finals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in June.

ESP Dance is currently enrolling students for the fall session.

ESP offers classes of all levels in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acro, pointe, and Zumba.  Additionally, they are offering an open percussion class on Sundays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. For more information about ESP Dance or to register for classes, please call the studio at 301-271-7458 or stop by 15 Water Street in Thurmont, Monday through Thursday, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The fall schedule is now available online at www.espdance.com. Check them out on Facebook.

by James Rada, Jr.

DSC_0280Two of Vigilant Hose Company’s most-active members are going to be getting busier outside of the fire company. Frank Davis and Tim Clarke have been promoted in their day jobs and are taking on more responsibility.

Fire Chief Frank Davis has taken a new position in Clark County, Virginia, as the director of rescue and medical services. It’s a brand-new position in the county, and he will begin work on September 7, 2014. He will commute back and forth between Emmitsburg and Clark County.

“It’s a small county, but it has a large farming community,” Davis said.

After working thirty-five years in the government, Davis retired to take this new position. He will also continue serving the citizens of Emmitsburg in the Vigilant Hose Company.

Vig-Tim-ClarkePresident Tim Clarke is staying with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office; but instead of being a captain, he was promoted to the rank of major in June. He is now in charge of operations at the sheriff’s office.

“It wasn’t a big change from what I was doing, and I’ve got a lot of good supervisors under me,” Clarke said.

Clarke has been with the sheriff’s office for twenty-six years and served as a captain for eight years. He applied for the job opening. When Col. Fred Anderson retired earlier this year, it caused a shifting of job positions in the sheriff’s office.

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the “Crowning Jewels” of Thurmont were unveiled amidst a sea of umbrellas appropriate for the rainy day. Five additional murals were unveiled at the entrance to the Thurmont Guardian Hose Carnival Ground on the historic Trolley Substation building. Many members of the Thurmont Community and surrounding areas were present to witness this event along with county and state dignitaries. The event was sponsored by the Thurmont Lions Club to celebrate their 85th anniversary in the Thurmont Community.

Last year for the 2013 Make a Difference Day project, the Thurmont Lions Club decided to do a “Beautify Our Town” project. Several Lions members along with co-chairs Nancy Dutterer, Joann Miller, and Shirley Long commissioned local artist Yemi to do a mural “Thurmont Rail History” depicting the Train and Trolley history of the area.

Earlier this year Lions Nancy and Joann felt that the project was not complete and jumped in and started working on the plans for additional murals to the substation. Once again artist Yemi was asked to do the murals according to the vision expressed to him by the committee. Yemi said, “Shirley, Joanne and Nancy were like sisters. Admonishing, encouraging and giving power so he complete this project.”

With funding provided by grant monies from the Community Legacy Grant through the efforts of Main Street Manager, Vicki Grinder, and Shirley Long along with Jenifer H. Almond, Project Manager of Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, grant monies were awarded to the town of Thurmont for this project. Thurmont’s Main Street Manager, Vicki Grinder said, “We worked together throughout the entire weekend to re-work the grant to include the project. During discussion, Shirley brought up Yemi. I had no prior knowledge of Yemi and asked, ‘What’s a Yemi?’” As it turned out, Yemi is a very talented and colorful artist who brought the project to fruition after 500 hours of work a project he called, “a labor for love, Thurmont’s precious jewel.”

The Acacia Masonic Lodge #155 of Thurmont also made a challenge to the Thurmont Lions Club and the Thurmont Community, that they would match up to $5,000.00 excluding any grant monies that would be donated toward this project. The town of Thurmont along with area businesses responded in an overwhelming way and the funding for the project was well underway. This truly is a Community project reflecting the power of a partnership between two community service groups, private citizens, business and public government to create a legacy for the Town of Thurmont and visitors alike.

The five murals depicted represent attractions, both current and historical, of northern Frederick County, Main Street Thurmont, two area covered bridges, Cunningham Falls, Camp David, Mechanics Park, Memorial Park, Catoctin Furnace, orchards and agricultural areas, as well as historical buildings and houses both past and present.

Ten years ago, the Thurmont Lions Club began the Trolley Trail Project, celebrating their 75th Anniversary and the vision of then Lion President Shirley Long and her husband Gene, combined to ensure the success of the refurbishing of the Thurmont Trolley Trail which was dedicated in September 2007. This one mile trail from East Main Street to Moser Road has become a mainstay in the lives of many, many Thurmont residents. Whether walking, hiking, biking or running, the trail is an important part of the Thurmont Community. This mural project for 2014 is not only a complement to the Trolley Trail but also a celebration of the Thurmont Lions Club’s 85th year of service to the community. Truly all six of the murals on the Trolley substation building are Thurmont’s Crowning Jewels.

As part of the celebration, Commemorative items will be for sale at local businesses in Thurmont. Those businesses include Timeless Trends, Browns’ Jewelry Store, Gateway Farm Market, Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Catoctin Mountain Trains & Hobbies and Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery. These items include a limited edition signed print of all six murals celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Thurmont Lions Club. Prints of the individual murals and a “Thurmont Established 1751” etched ornament are also for sale.

Lion Joanne Miller gave special thanks to the Lions who participated in the project and the community for their donations to fund the murals. For more information about the Thurmont Lions Club, visit website:www.thurmontlionsclub.com.

Documentary

Untitled-1Documentary filmmaker and video producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, announces that his film, The Great American Wheat Harvest, will make its Maryland debut at the Holiday Cinemas in Frederick, Maryland, on Thursday, August 28, 2014. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a meet and greet with Weaver, with the film showing at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a Q & A time after the film shows.

Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years that took him on a journey of more than 100,000 miles. “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains.

The film tells the story of five harvesting families and crews who travel from Texas to the Canadian border each year harvesting wheat. “At first I thought it would be a film about big farm machinery and beautiful landscapes—and those things are there—but it’s really a story about people.”

The harvesting families and farmers Weaver met over the past four years have become some of his best friends, and the film explains how they take incredible financial risks most people wouldn’t dream of taking in order to make a living. The work they do enables the rest of us to have food on our tables.

The Great American Wheat Harvest had its national Premiere at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on National Ag Day in March, and has since been screening in theaters and special events around the country. According to Weaver, thousands of people have already seen the film and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Weaver says he hopes people will have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to get a loaf of bread to the table.

In addition to the film, Weaver has recently published a coffee-table book containing beautiful photos of harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. The photo book is available for purchase at the film website: GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com and will be available at the Frederick event.

Weaver is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray disc in October that will contain the feature film, as well as many extra features not seen in the film.

For more information about the film, or to pre-order a DVD or Blu-ray, visit www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.

Seth's artworkSeth Adelsberger, a 34-year-old painter and printmaker, grew up on East Main Street in Emmitsburg, but now resides in west downtown Baltimore, Maryland.  He is the son of Karen and Ed Adelsberger. Seth graduated from Catoctin High in 1998 and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Towson University in 2002.

He showed an early interest in drawing—as far back as first grade—when he won first place for his picture of Noah’s Ark in an art contest at the Emmitsburg Public Library.  He then took art lessons from local artist, Patricia Topper, for a short time during the 1980s. His love of art continued through middle and high school, where his art teachers, Mr. David Stellitano, Mr. Jim Mattison, and Mr. Kevin Miller, encouraged his talent. When it came time to enroll in college, he received several scholarships from local organizations and an academic scholarship from Towson University.  From 2002 to 2008, Seth worked diligently at his art—exhibiting mostly in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas—and also worked at several odd jobs to pay the bills. He was also represented by Sara Nightingale in Watermill, New York.

He received an “Individual Art Award” from the Maryland Arts Council, which allowed him to travel to Germany to meet fellow contemporary artists and engage in the art scene in Europe.

Later that year, he and his girlfriend, Alex Ebstein, opened an art gallery in Baltimore called Nudashank. Together, they encouraged local young artists to pursue their creative work and held many exhibits that showcased the contemporary art scene in Baltimore.  Because the gallery was taking time away from their own work, Seth and Alex closed the gallery last August. During the years that they ran their gallery, they learned more about themselves and how they wanted to create their own art.

Seth’s paintings really grab your eye and are interesting to the viewer. “He’s exhibiting talent that is considered ‘unproven,’” by Kristen Hileman, the BMA’s museum curator, as reported in the Baltimore Sun. She sees similarities in his work to that of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Frank Stella in the 1950s and 1960s.

His most recent paintings resulted in his current exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). The “Front Room,” located on the second floor, is dedicated to his display. The Baltimore Sun called Seth, “A talent to watch.”

If you are in Baltimore any time this summer or fall, be sure to drop in to the BMA to see Seth’s art exhibit. It is well worth the visit to see this local artist’s accomplishments!

Seth Adelsberger’s art will be on display at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore, Maryland, through November 2, 2014. Admission to the exhibit is free.  Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31, 1937 – June 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life’s Recipe

1 cup of good thoughts

1 cup of kind deeds

1 cup of consideration of others

1 cup of sacrifice for others

3 cups of forgiveness

2 cups of well beaten faults

Mix these thoroughly and

add tears of joy and sorrow

and sympathy for others. Fold

in 4 cups of prayer and faith

to lighten the ingredients and raise

the texture to great the height of

Christian living. After pouring all of

this into your daily life, bake well

with the heat of human kindness.

Serve with a smile.

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 news@thecatoctinbanner.com.

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 info@cuddlescatrescue.com.

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.