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by Michele Cuseo




Town Election, September 30

Two positions open for election are the Mayor’s seat, currently held by Don Briggs, and one commissioner’s seat, currently held by Chris Staiger. Mayor Briggs plans to run for re-election, and Commissioner Staiger has stated he will not run again. Joe Ritz, Emmitsburg resident, has stated his intention to run for the commissioner’s seat. All positions are for a three-year term.

The election will be held at 22 East Main Street, from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Last day to register to vote is September 9. For any further questions, call the town office.


Pippinfest 34th Annual Event, September 28 & 29

The local Pippinfest in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, is expected to draw large crowds this year. Pippinfest has been a cherished event for the past three decades, offering visitors a fine selection of arts, crafts, food, music, and many other fun activities. Pippinfest literally means “apple festival” and boasts many delectable apple treats at the event.

Live musical groups and organizations will be set up to celebrate the harvest, the local traditions, and the community. Anyone interested in participating in Pippinfest can call the Fairfield town office at 717-647-5640.


For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, view the town’s website at or call the town office at 301-600-6300.




Limited Edition Prints for Sale

The Thurmont Lions Club is selling a group of 250 fine quality limited-edition prints depicting the Thurmont Trolley Mural paintings by artist Yemi. All proceeds will benefit the Trolley Substation refurbishing project. Also for sale will be etched glass Christmas ornaments imprinted with “Thurmont Established in 1751.” Anyone interested in these special collectibles can call Joann Miller at 301-271-6965.


Colorfest Planning

The Town of Thurmont is preparing for Colorfest, scheduled this year for October 11 and 12. The security contract was awarded to Tim May Investigations. Two other bids will need to be awarded for the port-a-potties and for trash pick-up. The town pays for these services via the Colorfest permits. This is the largest-drawing arts and crafts show in the State of Maryland. It has also grown into one of the largest yard sale events in the state as well. For any questions regarding permits, please call the town office.


Thurmont Planning for Town Lights

In planning ahead for future town lights along the main streets of Thurmont, town officials have decided to install conduits for wiring along sidewalk areas. The light installations will be done by the town’s own electric company, as they have professional electricians, pole trucks, and so forth to do the job.


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

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.

Camp David

by Ann Marie Bezayiff

After spending the day in Thurmont during the Colorfest Celebration, I was driving home along 550 and noticed a “Do Not Enter, Local Traffic Only” sign, where the Foxville-Deerfield Road meets Rte. 550. Later, I heard a rumor that Vice President Biden was at Camp David. Therefore, Foxville-Deerfield Road was off limits.

For us novices to the area, Camp David is a mysterious and curious place, so I did a little research on,, and Located 62-64 miles from Washington D.C., it is situated on 200 acres in the Catoctin Mountains, near Thurmont. The Camp David Accords and the 38th G8 Summit brought world leaders together in this place. Strange to think that some of the most powerful people in the world gather together to talk, negotiate, or relax in our backyard. In reality, they’ve been part of the neighborhood since the middle 1800s.

Located 1,800 feet above sea level, the area became a respite from the humid summers of Washington D.C. Dignitaries, ambassadors, and federal personnel spent summers in near-by Cascade and enjoyed visiting Pen Mar and the surrounding area. President Herbert Hoover first visited what is now known as Camp David when his secretary, Larry Ritchie, bought acreage in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont.

In 1935, the Works Projects Administration (WPA) began building the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area Project near Thurmont, the same area that Hoover had visited. It was built as a demonstration site, an example of how to create parks from over-worked farmland. Completed in 1938, it was named Hi-Catoctin and became a summer camp for federal agents and their families. The property housed several small cabins, a dining hall and a swimming pool.

In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt, during a three-day visit, decided to convert the camp into a presidential retreat. He named it Shangri-La for the fictional Himalayan paradise in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. He sent instructions for remodeling the lodges and asked for the construction of a main lodge, which resembled the Roosevelt home in Warm Springs, Georgia. Once constructed, the lodge was named “The Bear’s Den.”

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed Shangri-La Camp David in honor of his father and grandson. Today, it is officially known as Naval Support Facility Thurmont, and considered a military instillation. It is staffed by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

As in the past, Presidents and their staffs are still a part of the scenery. Local residents share family stories of a waving Churchill, as his car made its way to Camp David. There are numerous stories of lunches and teas at the Cozy Inn in downtown Thurmont, where presidents and their first ladies often visited. Dignitaries from around the world, White House staff members, news commentators, and officials have been common visitors to the Thurmont area. Eisenhower’s grandson, David, and his wife, Tricia Nixon, spent their honeymoon at Camp David. Gerald Ford rode his snowmobile in the area. President Carter could be found fishing in the local streams. George W. Bush’s daughter was married at Camp David in 1992. Clinton played golf at the nearby Maple Run Golf Club. Each president has his own story to tell of his experiences at Camp David.

Through the ‘50s and ‘80s, the local young girls often dated the guards and military personnel stationed at Camp David. At that time, visitors and residents could drive to the entrance and even visit the camp with an escort. From those in the know, I’ve heard the best view for July 4th Fireworks is near High Rock on the Camp David grounds. Helicopters carry the dignitaries today. You can see and hear them overhead, and you probably think, “That must be the president going to Camp David.”

Now, when I stop where the Foxville-Deerfield meets Rte. 550, I look past the railroad tracks and toward the mountains, looking for signs of visitors from Washington. Perhaps I’ll have my own Camp David Story to share someday.

image001The Catoctin Area Civitan Club is selling White House Christmas ornaments (shown right)to raise funds for local developmentally disabled children and adults. The White House Historical Association began issuing an annual collectible ornament in 1981. The 2013 ornaments are available early this year. The Civitan Club is selling them for $22.00. The ornaments can be purchased at the Thurmont Eye Care Center, PNC Bank, or from any Civitan member. Ornaments will also be available in front of the PNC Bank during the Colorfest activities.

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By Chelsea Gorka

Every year in October, the Catoctin region springs to life with the bustle of people visiting from near and far. This year was the 49th year of the Annual Catoctin Colorfest in downtown Thurmont. With a turnout of thousands and thousands of people, Colorfest is an example of how what initially started as a small nature walk in 1963 can evolve into a nationally recognized juried arts and craft show almost fifty years later.

Officially starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 9, 2012, people were trying to get a look at all the crafts as early as 7:30 a.m. that morning. Vendors from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as several other states came into town to offer their merchandise. With unique treasures at every tent, it is a thrill to try to find the most unique wares and best deals each year. Upon entering the Thurmont Town Park, the smell of the “oh-so-good” festival food wafted into our airways. Fried snickers, apple dumplings, French fries, and crab cakes tempted even the most stoic of tastes. Walking past the food vendors into the actual park presented new temptations as a worldly array of crafts beckoned. From American Doll clothing and painted art to handmade wooden carvings and toys, there was something for every visitor to enjoy. 

Vendors selling Christmas décor seemed to be a favorite among the crowd this year. One couldn’t help but notice the amazing dance performances in the middle of the park, as large crowds gathered around the makeshift stage. Locals walking through the immense crowd stumbled upon friends and neighbors among swarms of visiting strangers.

Trying to make your way through the crowd on Saturday was a tad tricky. With dogs, strollers, and portable shopping carts attached to what seemed like every moving body, the streets filled up very quickly. Thankfully, we were blessed with a beautiful weekend, with the sun shining and the crisp air keeping all the visitors motivated to stay warm by moving forward.

During Colorfest, Deer Field United Methodist Church had a really awesome idea this year: when you paid their fee for parking, they gave you a coupon for $2.00 off at their food stand.

Of the two days, Sunday seemed to be the day to be out and about. The crowds had died down a bit, and the experience had a more relaxed feeling to it, allowing you to stop and look at each vendor without having to dodge hips and elbows at each counter.

Many people, even some local citizens, may not have realized that Colorfest, Inc. was not the only festival taking place in our area during the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2012. New this year was the Fall Fest at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds, hosted by the Thurmont Guardian Hose Company. Amish-made furniture, along with jewelry stands, set up in convenient rows, occupied parents and adults. An enormous slide and a merry-go-round called out to the younger patrons. Friendly faces—both human and K-9—were quite content and observant, taking in all the tables and knick-knacks.  Sweet kettle corn scented the air and the essence of the fall season was in full effect.

Down the road in Rocky Ridge, a smaller and more relaxed atmosphere entertained those at Ridge Fest.  Quaint set-ups with various odds and ends lined the tables under the pavilion in Mt. Tabor Park. Children lined up to slide down the infamous wooden slide, where they whirled down over and over again, grinning from ear to ear.  Apple butter is a staple of this small-town festival.

Finally, at Sabillasville Elementary School, just up Route 550 from Thurmont, Mountain Fest and their annual Car Show was a popular stop for fun. What started as a quiet country get-together has grown into a large gathering of several hundred people. Featuring a bouncy house for the kids, the atmosphere was very family-orientated. When you walked into Sabillasville Elementary School, the wafting smell of fresh-baked bread, pies, and muffins surrounded you, and you knew the church bake sale was under way. The Car Show featured different models and year makes, varying from Model Ts to 2012 Mustangs. Coming in all colors, shapes, makes, models, and years, there was a car there for everyone to admire. Horse rides and an Emu petting zoo made the trip interesting for all ages, along with a live band and much-loved ice cream!

If you missed any of these exciting and bustling festivals this year, don’t worry! They come around every year. Mark your calendars for next October, and be sure to set aside a bit of extra spending money for shopping, for great food, and for just plain fun!

Emmitsburg, August 2012

Emmitsburg Pool News

Yes, at last, the Splash Pool installation has been promised for the summer of 2013. The Splash structure will have a mushroom type sprinkler, with six spray hoses. Kids will get to enjoy the new installation, which will be located where the old baby pool stood. Mayor Briggs has committed to having at least three Pool Parties in 2013.

Another discussion surrounding the Emmitsburg Pool is the consideration for allowing an advertising board for businesses. A board would be posted inside the pool area. Names and phone numbers of businesses could be available for pool patrons to view. Funds from the sale of the advertisements would help pay pool expenses.

Park & Ride Discussion

A possible future Park & Ride for carpoolers was discussed at the town hall. A good location in Emmitsburg would need to be found for cars to park close to Route 15. The request for a Park and Ride would have to be coordinated with the State of Maryland.

Pippenfest in Fairfield

The Annual Pippenfest will happen in our backyard in the town hall reports by Michele Cuseo town of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, on September 29 and 30. Yards sales throughout the town are allowed all day on Saturday, with Arts & Crafts booths set up on Sunday. Pippenfest celebrates the Pippen apple that once grew in the area and was very popular. To celebrate the history of the pippen apple, there will be apple cooking contests at the festival, music, food, entertainment, and an antique car show. To find out more about Pippenfest and information about participating, call the Fairfield Town Office at 717-642-5640.

For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, log onto

Thurmont, August 2012

Town Water Rates to Increase

Thurmont suffered a $35,000 shortage in their water service budget. To balance the budget Commissioners voted to increase water fees. The fairest cost for all residents was agreed to be keeping the rate of $60 per residential property and then increasing costs by usage. There will be five-tiered levels of usage with each tier increasing by 50 cents per tier. The increase will be effective with the 3rd quarter bills.

Reporting Crime Tip Line

Thurmont residents can report local crimes by calling a tip line at 301-271-0905. Thurmont Police say that callers are allowed to remain anonymous if they choose.

Information on a crime has to be specific when reported. There is a possible cash reward of up to $1,000 associated with an outcome of an arrest and conviction of a criminal.


The annual Colorfest event will soon be here again. The dates this year are Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. Thurmont town citizens desiring to set up a yard sale or a crafts sale on Colorfest weekend need to contact the town office for a permit.

The Colorfest, Inc. organization helps financially support local organizations and programs, including the Food Bank, the Guardian Hose Co., Thurmont Ambulance, College Scholarship programs, the annual children’s Halloween Party, and many more. To find out more about the Colorfest, log on to

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