Halloween Activities – October 25 and October 31
Halloween in the Park activities will take place on October 25, 2014, at the Thurmont Community Park. Activities will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. that will include snacks and treats for the kids, along with a Haunted Park theme. The regular trick-or-treating for the kids will still be held on October 31, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Town officials ask that people who want to participate turn on their porch lights. Also, parents are asked to take precautions with kids around the current sidewalk construction that is taking place along the main streets while trick or treating.
Town Approves Purchase of Land for Community Park
Town officials approved plans to purchase land to enlarge the Community Park area. Land surrounding the area east of Route 15 and on the south side of Hunting Creek will be purchased from the current land owner for $6,000. The purchase will be paid for via funds received from the Program Open Space that awarded Thurmont with $20,000 to improve the green space area for the town.
Dog Park Planned at East End Park
Other funds for the Program Open Space will be spent on a dog park, located at East End Park. Construction will start soon on a 7,000 sq. foot fenced-in area. Two separate areas will be set up to accommodate small dogs in one area and larger dogs in another area. The dogs will get to enjoy some structures built for climbing. Dog litter receptacles will be provided, along with benches and tables for the owners of the dogs.
Colorfest is Almost Here – October 11-12
Thurmont will again host the largest arts and crafts show in the state of Maryland, Colorfest. Town officials want to give all residents a heads-up to prepare for the crowds coming our way for Colorfest. The ambulance and fire companies, local dance studios, boy scouts, girl scouts, and many more will participate with fundraisers. Many yards sales will also be set up that week and weekend. For any permit questions involving the Colorfest, please call the town office.
View the Town of Thurmont’s website at www.thurmont.com or call the town office at 301-271-7313 for more information.
Approval on Water Bill Ordinance
Town officials approved an ordinance that would address issues with excessive water bills or questionable meter readings for citizens and/or businesses. If a citizen receives a water bill that is excessive, they can now appeal their bill to the town. Based on details of the appeal, a person or business might be allowed to pay their average water bill amount (average of past three years) instead of the excessive bill they received.
Silo Hill Gets New Playground
Playground equipment that is ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant will be installed at the Silo Hill playground area. The playground is funded through a grant to the town. The playground equipment will be installed within the next couple of months.
Bulk Trash Pick-up — October 11
Bulk Trash Pick-up is on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Acceptable items: (2 items max per household) dehumidifiers & humidifiers; washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, etc.; tables, chairs, sofas, toilets, tubs and sinks, exercise equipment; pianos, computers, cabinets, and dressers; furnaces, lawn furniture, water heaters, picnic tables and carpet (max. 3 rolls); air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers (must have certified tag of Freon removed NO TAG = NO PICK UP); lawn mowers (remove gas and oil); gas grills (remove propane tank).
Light in the Park Fall Fest — October 3
The Community Fall Fest “Light in the Park” is Friday, October 3, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This event is a family-oriented celebration, sponsored by local churches. Event features free food, free Moon bounce, photo booth, face painting, a barrel train, and other family treats. For more information, call 301-447-4224.
For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, view the town’s website at www.emmitsburgmd.gov or call the town office at 301-600-6300.