James Rada, Jr.

Rain couldn’t stop the annual Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day. With the exception of the Vigilant Hose Company’s Community Breakfast that was held Saturday morning, it just delayed the event for a day.

The Emmitsburg Lions Club, which hosts the event, made the decision to postpone the festival. Community Heritage Day is typically on the last Saturday in June, but this year it ran on Sunday, June 28. It turned out to be a good call, because it rained pretty much all of Saturday. Sunday, on the other hand, began cloudy and wet, but with no rain. By noon, the sun forced its way through the clouds and brightened the day.

Carina Hall of Emmitsburg brought her two sons and nephew out to participate in the games that included a greased pig chase, egg toss, three-legged race, and more.

“I like to come because the kids get to have a good time,” Hall said.

Besides the games, she also enjoyed some of the other events that are part of Community Heritage Day, such as the live music, parade, classic car show, and, of course, the fireworks.

“I think what the boys enjoyed even more than the games was the (caterpillar) train that went around the park,” Hall said.

Not only did kids enjoy the games, but so did the young at heart. Thirty-one-year-old Justin Forsyth signed up to participate in the adult heat of the greased pig chase on a dare.

“I told him (Bob Hance) that if he signed me up, I’d be guaranteed to win,” Forsyth said.

Although it was his first time trying to catch a greased pig, his confidence wasn’t misplaced. He said that once the pig started running, his old football skills kicked in to help him catch a real pig skin.

“It was fun, and I’m going to come back to defend my title next year,” Forsyth said.

After the games, visitors strolled Community Park listening to music and eating delicious food. They also took a wagon ride over to the classic car and motorcycle show.

Ron and Cindy Welch of Orlando, Florida, were in town visiting family and stopped by to watch the events.

“It’s very nice,” Sandy Welch said. “I like that everyone is involved and participating.”

This year was the 33rd Annual Community Heritage Day. Each year, the event brings the community together, celebrates Emmitsburg’s history, and raises funds for local charities.

Sponsors of the day include the Emmitsburg Lions Club, the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association, Sons of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, AMVETS, Tyrian Lodge #205, the Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital, and Men’s Auxiliary VFW, and many more who contribute funds for the annual fireworks and who volunteer to make the event possible.

Winners in this year’s events were as follows:

Art Contest: Elementary School—Hailie Grace Dawson (first place), Emily Grace Williams (second place), Cassidy Sill (third place), Vanessa Sweeney (fourth place), Middle School—Gabrielle Archie (first place), Ryan Heiss (second place), Jean Pembroke (third place); High School—Emily Wilson (first place) and Rianna Joy (second place).

Greased Pig Chase: Ages 1-6—Emma Annadale; Ages 7-11—John Lane; Ages 12-16—Mathew LeGare; Ages 17 and up— Justin Forsyth.

Sack Race Singles: Ages 1-4—Tierney Burns (first place), Camden Stone (second place); Ages 5-8—Wesley Hahn (first place), Evan Upchurch (second place); Ages 9-12—Mason Joy (first place), Josh Maze (second place); Ages 13-16—Jack McCarthy (first place), Mathew LeGare (second place); Ages 17 and up—David Shields (first place), Abby McCarthy (second place).

Sack Race Doubles: Ages 5-8—Evan and Robert Upchurch (first place), Josh and Wesley Hahn (second place); Ages 9-12—Deandre and Andrianne Febus (first place), John Lane and Marques Miller (second place); Ages 13-16—Jada Snyder and Madison Flohr (first place), Daniel and Jack McCarthy (second place); Ages 17 and up—Fred and Mathew LeGare (first place), Bridget and Abby McCarthy (second place).

Egg Toss: Nathan Joy and Josh Maze.

Water Balloon Toss: Jerry and Jacob Wilson tied with Ben Sielaff and Kimberly Shields.

Pie Eating Contest: Ages up to 4—Annelen Upchurch (first place), Tierney Burns (second place); Ages 5-8—Wesley Hahn (first place), Brooke Shriner (second place); Ages 9-12—John Lane (first place), Krystal Lane (second place); Ages 13-16—Jack McCarthy (first place), John Pembroke (second place); Ages 17 and up—Matt Knox (first place), Jerry Wilson (second place).

Watermelon Eating Contest: Ages up to 4—Annelen Upchurch (first place), Tierney Burns and Jordyn Ohler (second place); Ages 5-8—Robert Upchurch (first place), Austin Welch (second place); Ages 9-12—Deandre Febus (first place), Josh Wantz (second place).

Casting Contest: Ages up to 4—Annelen Upchurch; Ages 5-8—Sarah LeGare; Ages 9-12—Madelyn Greco; Ages 13-16—Joseph LeGare; Ages 17 and up—Branden Burriss.

Horseshoe Tournament: Buck Wivell and Jason McKenzie (first place); Roy Wivell and Dave Wantz, Jr. (second place); Dave Miller and Tony Bower (third place).

The damp and muddy grounds didn’t stop the annual car show.

“Eventhough it was a small turnout, it was a really nice show,” said Lions Club Coordinator Melissa Wetzel. Trophies were awarded according to people’s choice.

Car Division—Stephen Kupich ’64 Chevy Corvette (first place and Best of Show); Geno “Tater” Esquer ‘68 Chevy Camaro (second place); Tater ’55 Chevy Pro Street (third place); Bill Groves ’32 Desoto Coupe (fourth place); Pat Groves ’28 Ford Sedan (fifth place).

Motorcycle Division—John Reese, 2001 Yamaha V Star (first place); Robert Droneburg ’91 H-D FXRS (second place); Wade Droneburg 2007 Yamaha V Star (third place).

Truck Division—Don and Jean Eyler ’91 Chevy Sport (first place).

Brooklyn Stone and Annelen Upchurch compete in the Watermelon Eating Contest during Emmitsburg Heritage Day.

DSC_0847(left) Evan and Robert Upchurch place first in the sack race, just one of the many fun contests held during Community Heritage Day.





DSC_0982(left) Sarah LeGare won the casting contest in the 5-8 year age group.

(below) The annual car show at the Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day is always a favorite.


Emmitsburg Flood 6-27-15-sml-IMG_8593-1 (2)Flooding shown in Emmitsburg from the heavy rains that swept through the area on Saturday, June 27, causing Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day to be delayed until Sunday.

(below) Participants strive for a steady, soft grip during the egg toss contest.


DSC_0836Josh Maze and Mason Joy hold up their ribbons earned during the sack race competition. (left)

Tug-o-war games were held for all ages at Community Heritage Day. Lion Jim Hahn helps get the contest started.

No slouches present during this sack race competition, only determined and energetic participants.

DSCN0718(left) John Lane and Krystal Lane place first and second in the pie eating contest, where winning tastes so good.



 1 HD3-1 (2)Kids enjoy riding on the train around Emmitsburg Community Park.






Thurmont Thespians Present Summer Musical Seussical Jr.

Seussical Jr.The Thurmont Thespians present their summer musical, Seussical Jr. Calling all people, boys and girls, sneetches and Whos, anyone happy and anyone bluecome see forty young birds, elephants, jungle creatures and Whos (all under the age of fourteen) go on adventures from the mind of Dr. Seuss. From the jungle of Nool to the River Walloo to New York City and Whoville too, this tale is sure to suit your imagination.

Come see the show at the American Legion in Thurmont on July 16-18, 2015, and July 23-25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; and July 19 and 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 each.

Don’t miss out on seeing Seussical Jr. All your well-known friends are no longer just on a page; come see them come to life on stage. Call 301-271-7613 for reservations.


Peach Festival at Mt. Tabor Park

Mt. Tabor Church of Rocky Ridge is holding a Peach Festival at Mt. Tabor Park (home of the big slide) on Saturday, July 18, 2015, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Event will feature music by Full Effect. Everyone is welcome.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association in Fairfield is hosting many events in July, including a Cash Bingo on July 12, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and bingo beginning at 1:00 p.m.; a Horseshoe Tournament on July 19 at 11:30 a.m. and an Archery 3D Shoot; and Nominations and Quarterly Meeting on July 21 at 7:00 p.m.. Hall, barn, and pavilion rentals available.

Lewistown Fire Department’s Sportsmans Bingo

Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department’s Sportsmans Bingo will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m.; buffet meal will start at 6:00 p.m.; and games will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $40.00 per person (includes dinner, ice tea, and beer). Advanced ticket sales only.

The King Strings Coming to Creagerstown in August

The King Family, consisting of John and Cindy King and children, expressed excitement about bringing their musical abilities to our area. The fantastic family will be at the Union Church in Creagerstown (8619 Blacks Mill Road on Sunday, August 2, at 3:00 p.m. Their musical talents will bring smiles to your face as you enjoy the air conditioning and exceptional acoustics of the historic building.

The Kings Strings, formed in 2004, is based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, but have traveled the eastern seaboard performing music from the hammered dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, drums, and anything that produces musical sounds.

The Kings Strings have been called “The Von Trapp family with instruments.” Each program is different including a wide variety of music. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call Viola 301-898-9898 or visit their website at www.theKingsstrings.com

Guardian Hose Company’s Annual Carnival

Bring the whole family out for the much-anticipated annual Carnival in Thurmont, sponsored by the Guardian Hose Company, to be held July 6-11, 2015, at the carnival grounds on East Main Street in Thurmont. Event features live music every night, a variety of fun and thrilling amusement rides, raffles throughout the week with prizes, games for all ages, a parade, and much more!

Guardian Hose Company’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament

The first annual Double Elimination Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Thurmont carnival grounds, located at 123 E. Main Street in Thurmont. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m.; tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $50.00 per team or $15.00 per spectator. Event features cash prizes, tip jars, music, raffle, and much more! Tournament benefits Thurmont’s Guardian Hose Company.

Live Grill Demonstrations at Zurgable Brothers Hardware

On Friday, July 3, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Zurgable’s will hold live grill demonstrations.

Fox Haven Field Day

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in Jefferson, Maryland, will host a Field Day on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Nature walks, children’s programs, farm-based education, and tours will be featured along with special focus on solar powered irrigation, planting through crimped cover crops, riparian buffer zones, and nutrient recycling systems and soil health.

3D Target Shoots at Indian Lookout

The Indian Lookout Conservation Club in Emmitsburg will host 3D Target Shoots on Thursday nights, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per adult; children ages twelve and under are free.

Total Kid Summer Camp at Well-Fit in Thurmont

The Total Kid Summer Camp, presented by the Youth Wellness Organization, will be held at the Well-Fit Aerobics and Fitness Center in Thurmont. The camp is for children (ages 8-14) and features four sessions: June 22-July 3; July 6-17; July 20-31; August 3-14. Cost is $75.00 per week; $150.00 per session. Registration will be held on Saturday, June 6, 13, and 20, from noon-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.theyouthwellness.net.

Thurmont Farmers Market Opens for Another Season

The first Thurmont Main Street Farmers Market of the season kicked off on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Vendors brought their home-grown local products to the market, including kale, onions, strawberries, homemade preserves, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, and home-baked varieties of sourdough breads.

The new location for the Thurmont Main Street Farmers Market is the Municipal Parking Lot adjacent to Main Street. Every week brings us closer to more and more of the juicy fruits and vegetables of the season! Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-noon, from June through September.

To become a vendor, or for more information, contact karen@kinnaridmemorials.com or visit their website at www.thurmontfirst.com.

James Rada, Jr.

Freemasonry conjures up images of a secret society with hidden rituals and, thanks to the movie National Treasure, hidden treasure. Yet, the Masons are far from secret. They are men who work hard to find brotherhood, enlightenment, and truth.

When John Hagemann first came to Thurmont in 2006 and joined the Acacia Lodge No. 155 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, another Mason pointed to a long row of 8×10 photographs hung on the wall of the Masons’ lodge social hall in Thurmont. They were the Worshipful Masters (lodge presidents) of the Acacia Lodge, and Hagemann recognized many of the last names as members of long-time Thurmont families.

“I was told that if I worked hard, one day my picture could be up there, and it is,” Hagemann said. He is the current Worshipful Master of the Acacia Lodge #155 in Thurmont.

The Masons came to Maryland in 1750, not in Baltimore, which was the largest population center at the time, but in Leonardtown. They weren’t established in what is now Frederick County until just before the Revolutionary War. Not much is known of the early lodges in the county. The largest lodge was called Hiram Lodge, and there was a lodge that served the army during the War of Independence. Those two lodges, along with other small lodges, combined to form the Columbia Lodge in 1815.

“The Masons met in a home at the corner of Market and Second Street,” said Kenneth Wyvill, Grand Master of the Maryland Masons. This combined lodge was enough to meet the needs of the county Masons for sixty-six years. “As population centers grew and shifted, Masons would decide to form new lodges,” said Wyvill.

The first lodge to break off from the Columbia Lodge in Frederick was Acacia Lodge No. 155 of Mechanicstown (now Thurmont). In all, six new lodges formed in Frederick County between 1871 and 1906.

Thirteen Masons in the area formed the lodge in Mechanicstown, with Robert Lyon as the first Worshipful Master (lodge president). The new lodge’s first meeting was held on May 22, 1871, in a room on the third floor of the John Rouzer apartment house, opposite the Lutheran Church on Church Street. Besides choosing officers, it was decided to name the lodge the Acacia Lodge.

Not all of the charter members of the Acacia Lodge came from the Columbia Lodge. Others came from lodges in Baltimore, Westminster, and Union Bridge.

Even before the Acacia Lodge received its charter and was officially recognized, it had begun to grow as two new members were added.

The Acacia Lodge was examined by other Maryland Masons in October 1871 to see if its membership was proficient enough to support their own lodge and on November 21, 1871, the Acacia Lodge was granted its charter. “They first rented the International Order of Odd Fellows hall to meet in,” Hagemann said.

The Acacia Lodge continued to grow between 1872 and 1876; however, for the next two years, many of the members found themselves working away from Mechanicstown. “Membership dwindled and the Maryland Grand Lodge actually took back our charter, but the members still continued to pay dues,” Hagemann said.

The charter was revoked in 1879, but the local Masons still paid dues and worked to establish stability to their lodge. They applied for restoration of their charter in 1887 and it was granted on December 19.

One of the things that the members decided would help their stability was to own their building rather than continue to rent space. Beginning in 1894, the Masons under Worshipful Master Leonard Waesche began looking into buying the Bussard Building (where the lodge is currently located at 12 E. Main Street) and adding a third floor to it. “The lodge bought the building in 1898 and added the third floor to it for our lodge hall,” Hagemann said.

The Masons also made repairs to the first and second floors of the building and began renting out the space. Over the years, the first two floors have been a livery, doctor’s office, post office, grocery store, drug store, beauty parlor, and more.

When the lodge celebrated its first fifty years at the Thurmont Town Hall on November 29, 1921, only three of the original members were still living: George Stocksdale, Leonard Waesche, and David Martin.

World War II saw a surge in attendance at lodge meetings, mainly because of servicemen stationed at nearby Camp Ritchie who came to the Acacia Lodge. The Acacia Lodge conferred Masonic degrees on servicemen on behalf of other lodges through the Masonic Service Association.

“At the end of World War II, we had 156 members, which is the largest we’ve ever been,” Hagemann said. Of that number, 84 were veterans.

In 1959, the U.S. Post Office moved out of the first floor of the lodge building and into a stand-alone building that the Masons had built. However, a new tenant was found to fill the vacant first floor of the lodge building.

The last tenant for the second floor of the lodge left in 1960. The space remained vacant until 1962, when it was decided to use the floor as the lodge’s social hall, and it continues to be used for that purpose today.

Though generally believed to be a Christian group, Masons include many faiths. Each lodge has a book of faith on its central altar. The Acacia Lodge uses a Bible, but other lodges can include a book of faith for the predominant religion of the lodge. “It doesn’t matter what religion you are, you just have to believe in a higher power,” Hagemann said

The Acacia Lodge in Thurmont currently has 77 members, although Hagemann notes that like many civic and volunteer organizations, the average age among members seems to be rising as fewer young people become involved with organizations. The Acacia Lodge is one of 102 Maryland lodges and 15,000 Masons.

Emmitsburg also has a lodge, Tyrian Lodge #205. Ernie Gelwicks is the Grand Master of this lodge at the present time, a Past Master, a Grand Inspector for the Grand Lodge of Maryland, Sir Knight in the Knights Templar, and Noble in the Scottish Rite Shriners. The Emmitsburg Lodge was formed and met above Annans Store, later moved and merged with Acacia in Thurmont before being re-charted in 1906, they met after that above the Vigilant Hose Fire Co., then met in Taneytown until buying their present location. Many prominent Emmitsburg Leaders and businessmen founded Tyrian Lodge in Emmitsburg.

The Masons are involved in many civic activities and participate in parades and building dedications. They can be identified in full regalia that includes tuxedos, top hats, and aprons. The local Masons dedicated the cornerstone of the Thurmont Library and have contributed money to many local efforts, such as purchasing a new flag pole for the town and paying for the memorial stone for servicemen in Memorial Park.

“We also have an annual $1,000 scholarship that we award to a senior in the Catoctin High district,” Hagemann said.

Hundreds of Maryland Masons will be participating in a parade in Baltimore in full regalia for the re-dedication of the Washington Monument on July 4. The Masons laid the cornerstone for the original monument in 1815, and re-laid the stone in 1915.

“We’ll be using the implements from the time period of 1915 to rededicate the cornerstone,” Wyvill said.

Young people who are interested in becoming a Mason may join as members DeMolay for young men or JOBS Daughters for young ladies. Women join the Order of the Eastern Star. Ernie Gelwicks added, “The Knights Templar is another branch which many Master Masons also join, as is the Scottish Rite Shriners, which are responsible for Shriners Hospital fame and support this worthy cause.” For more information in our area’s Masonic membership, please call John Hagemann at 301-271-2711 or Ernie Gelwicks at 301-447-2923.

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Members of Acacia Lodge #155 in Thurmont are shown dedicating the cornerstone of the Thurmont Regional Library.


Thurmont Acacia Lodge No. 155 members and Maryland’s Grand Master, Kenneth Wyvill (third from right), are pictured with a scholarship recipient, Lydia Spalding, in June.

Deb Spalding

DSC_0036Alyssa Imes of Emmitsburg (pictured right) is a student of art. The dining room of her parent’s home resembles an art museum with displays and photos of her sculptures. A muse-ful elephant smiles at you proudly with his ceramics metallic body and wire trunk; a gumby giraffe made of screws and pipe seems ready to play; and a gracefully rusty sculpture resembles a ship’s sail. One of her recent pieces features steel rods supporting volumes of knowledge in the floating pages of books. Her favorite piece, showing the history of cast iron, allowed her to further her casting metal talents and to use heavy iron within the sculpture. Many of her sculptures are from “found” objects that Alyssa transforms into art that can be treasured anew. During high school, Alyssa is a 2014 graduate of Catoctin High School, she attended an A.P. art program at Thomas Johnson High School, where she was able to determine her artistic focus. In May, she completed her freshman year at Shepherd University, where she is studying art with a concentration in sculpture, of course. “In college, art is taught from a basic level at first because they want you to make work that is visually interesting. Then, as you increase in the years, you work on the concept of your work. They give students simple tasks at first like combining two elements of art and creating great things,” Alyssa said. “I like when they give just enough instruction to go off of, then you make it visually awesome.” She’s using materials such as iron, aluminum, and steel, and combining them with more fragile elements such as paper and natural wood. This is challenging and interesting. Recently, Alyssa took a trip with Shepherd students through Europe to study art history and see some of the classics. While winding her way through London, Germany, France, Italy, and Greece, she attended a contemporary art show, she rode in a gondola, and she watched glass blowers. Her favorite part of the trip was seeing Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in person, in Florence, Italy. “It’s incredible to see pieces of art that you’ve looked up to your whole life,” expressed Alyssa. When she finishes at Shepherd, Alyssa hopes to apply what she’s learned and artistically incorporate the knowledge within her sculptures with an architecture team, or she may work with a team of artists on bigger art projects. Her parents, Laura and Jeff Imes, have been Alyssa’s biggest influence. She said, “Art is not a wealth-oriented career, at first it can be hard to set off on a prosperous path. My parents have always encouraged my art and allowed me to go to school for it.” She added, “My teachers are next. They encouraged me to always do better in art and to go to school for it. They gave me the confidence to accept art as the path I want to take.” Alyssa is a true student of art, as she tells the story of how her sculptures came to be, she shares a deeper connection with each part of her sculptures because of what she learned creating it. The story is conveyed through each piece, with the combination and arrangement of the elements in the final look of each piece that gives it character.

Will there be enough water to survive? Thirsty Land is an exciting new documentary that tells the story of drought, its impact on agriculture, communities, and the global food supply.

Two Frederick production companies are collaborating to produce this film. Frederick County filmmaker, Conrad Weaver, is already well-known for his award-winning documentary The Great American Wheat Harvest. His work with farmers and harvesters has led him to turn the focus of his company, Conjostudios LLC, exclusively to agriculture, and now he’s focusing on the drought that’s strangling our landscape.

“Those of us living East of the Mississippi River very rarely think about the amount of water we use. That’s why this story needs to be told! The drought in the American West ultimately impacts all of us, and I want to make the audience think about it every time they take a drink of water, enjoy a shower, or water their lawn,” said Weaver.

Weaver recently collaborated with Archai Media in Frederick to provide production support for the documentary project. Sam Tressler with Archai Media has taken on the responsibilities of Director of Photography for the film that takes the team across the country from the Central Plains to the Central Valley of California.

“I’m excited to be involved in this important project,” said Tressler. “Working with Conrad and helping him capture the story has taken us to some of the most beautiful parts of this country. I’m really looking forward to helping to bring this film to the big screen.”

Weaver is excited to have Archai Media involved, “Tressler’s experience and expertise in shooting in High Resolution 4K is what really made it exciting for me to collaborate with Archai Media. It’s been fun so far to have him along and capturing the story; he’s making my job so much easier,” said Weaver.

Production on the project began in April and will continue throughout the summer and fall months. The film is scheduled for completion in spring 2016. Weaver plans on a Frederick premiere screening once the project is completed. To see the film’s trailer, visit www.thirstylandmovie.com.

For more interview requests and for more information on the making of the film, contact Conrad Weaver at 301-606-7794 or email conjostudios@gmail.com.


Sam Tressler (left) and Conrad Weaver (right) look over the dry California landscape on a recent trip.


Department of Maryland Sons of AMVETS 1st Annual Picnic at North Point Home

by Jim Houck, Jr.

COLUMN-Jim-Houck--North-PoiSaturday, June 5, 2015, started out as a dreary, rainy day to have a picnic—especially the very first one—for the immediate residents of North Point Home in Hagerstown. The Department of Maryland Sons of AMVETS Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS), led by representative Jim Payne and aided by National AMVETS appointed Deputy VAVS representatives Dick Fleagle and Jim Houck Jr., along with Ed Stely, our Department of Maryland Commander, and Bob Stouffer, our Department of Maryland Adjutant, had been planning the picnic for a long time and were hoping for a beautiful day to have it. The food was purchased and prepared, the drinks were chilling. Dr. Mudcat’s Medicine Show Karaoke and DJ, operated by Mike Mahoney, was being set up. Things were set to kick off at high noon, and Director of North Point Home Jennifer Drake, along with her staff and the residents, were anxiously awaiting the event. Suddenly the skies cleared and the sun appeared; it was clear that God had heard our silent prayers. The crew arrived and began to set up all the tents, tables, and chairs, as well as getting the grill ready and bringing out the ice chests, filled with soda pop and water. We could tell it was going to turn into a great day and a great picnic. Mike (Dr. Mudcat) got his medicine show going to start off the fun. The Department of Maryland AMVETS Auxiliary was represented by their President, Mary McKinnon. We had three Sons of AMVETS Squadrons, three AMVETS Auxiliary Units, and two AMVETS Veteran Post Members from Maryland represented at the picnic: Sons of AMVETS Squadrons— Squadron 7 from Thurmont, Squadron 9 from Middletown, and Squadron 10 from Hagerstown; AMVETS Auxiliary Units—Unit 7 from Thurmont, Unit 9 from Middletown, and Unit 10 from Hagerstown; AMVETS Veteran Post Members—AMVETS Post 7 from Thurmont and AMVETS Post 10 from Hagerstown. Jim Payne had certainly done his job well; everything was in place and everyone was enjoying themselves. The Catoctin Hollow Boys even made an appearance and sang a few songs. Donny McKinnon was in fine voice as he sang Sinatra and Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) and some other songs. Mike Mahoney sang a few songs while he attended the equipment. The music and festivities soon began to draw in the neighborhood children, and they were all invited to join in the festivities. The kids soon wanted to sing karaoke; several of them did, and they really enjoyed being in the spotlight. Bobby Stouffer had the hot dogs and burgers grilled, and it was time to eat. All food was taken inside and laid out, and what a layout it was! There was a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, a cheese tray, a meat tray, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, slaw, rolls, and cookies. Everyone filled their plates and found a seat inside or outside. Everyone really seemed to enjoy all the delicious food. When everyone had satisfied their appetite, the festivities resumed outside. Commander Ed Stely and VAVS Representative Jim Payne presented an award to Brett Brown from Gladhill’s Furniture warehouse for allowing us to store our used furniture, which is donated by generous people from around the state of Maryland, to be used by the homeless Veterans, who are helped to become independent and lead fruitful lives on their own, to furnish their apartments. Commander Ed Stely also presented the plaque to Jim Nicholson, the general manager of Gladhill’s Furniture. Thank you Brett and Jim for all you have done to help our Veterans. The festivities began again after the presentation of the award and a bit of excitement was felt by all when Jim Payne came through the door with a large clothes basket filled with water balloons. We could tell by the way the kids eyes lit up that if you wanted to stay dry, hide. The kids had a ball with the water balloons that Jennifer Drake filled, and they commenced to throw them at all the guests, giving some a good soaking. Mary Mahoney and Sandi Burns joined in, trying to soak the kids and got pretty well soaked themselves. I think it was decided that the water balloons will not make an appearance at the next annual picnic. I took over 150 photos. If you would like to see them, go to Facebook: Department of Maryland Sons of AMVETS, and you will be able to view them. The 1st Annual Picnic at North Point Home was a huge success, and we will strive to make each one in the future equally as successful. We give thanks to Jennifer Drake and her staff, the residents of North Point Home, and all who participated from the AMVETS family, for their help and support to keep this great institution open for our homeless Veterans living on the streets of our great nation, and for helping to give them a so-deserving second chance at independent living. If you have furniture you no longer use or need, please consider giving it for this worthwhile cause. Contact Jim Payne at 240-446-7183 or Ed Stely at 301-524-9333 to make arrangements for a pick-up at your convenience. We also need items such as toilet paper, paper towels, wash cloths, bath towels, small kitchen appliances, plates, silverware—basically everything to start housekeeping from the start. Due to state laws, the only item we cannot accept is used mattresses. All those who participated in the 1st Annual Picnic at North Point Home should give themselves a big pat on the back for helping to make it a tremendously successful event. Thank you! God Bless the United States of America, God Bless the American Veterans, and God Bless You.

James Rada, Jr.

“Wagons ho!”

wagon-train-2With that once-common call, Joe Eyler started his wagon train, moving out from his farm on Eyler Road in Thurmont.

The wagon train was made up of eleven wagons, ranging in size from an authentic Conestoga wagon to a small cart pulled by two small Shetland ponies. The wagon train was accompanied by nineteen mounted outriders. Participants came from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

The wagon train was part of the annual Thurmont Heritage Day events that Eyler holds on his farm.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this,” Eyler said.

He added that he hopes to make it an annual event that travels to different destinations.

“The Emmitsburg mayor and Taneytown mayor have said that they are interested in having us come through their towns, and I’d like to rotate where we go,” Eyler said.

Orville Baker of Rocky Ridge brought his surrey to the event to join in the wagon train.

“I usually bring it out for parades, but this is nice,” Baker said.

The wagon train took place on Saturday, May 30. The group traveled from Thurmont to Harney (located in Carroll County). Along the way, the train traveled through covered bridges and forded the stream at Four Points Bridge.

The group camped on Saturday night at Eric Glass’ house on Tom’s Creek Road.

Hayden Lamb, a ten-year-old from New Market, participated in the wagon train with his family. He even dressed the part of a buckskinner.

“I like the camping and hanging out with everyone and riding on the wagons,” Hayden said. “I’m having a lot of fun.”

A cowboy church service was held on Sunday morning before the wagons headed out toward Harney. The wagon train arrived at the Harney Fire Department, located on Harney Road in Taneytown, for lunch.

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Wagoneers drive one of the wagons in the Thrumont Wagon Train onto Eyler Road as they head out toward Harney.

Photo by Jim Rada, Jr.

Beach Bound

Your agents at Senior Benefit Services in Thurmont want to make sure our seniors are prepared for their trip to Ocean City, Maryland. When packing up your bikini and Speedo, grab your Medicare and your insurance and prescription drug cards. Remember, your doctor knows you, but the Urgent Care at Ocean City does not.

Don’t forget that Senior Benefit Services is now accepting donations to the Thurmont Food Bank. Many of their clients ask, “What do we owe you?” and they reply, “All our services are free, but we graciously accept donations to our local Food Bank.” Don’t have a canned good? They take cash donations as well.

Schools are now out, and some kids are asking, “I’m hungry, what’s for lunch?” Thurmont citizens can answer that question with a donation to the food bank.

The Thurmont office of Senior Benefit Services is built on the premise of “neighbor helping neighbor,” so let’s all help our local citizens with a contribution to the Thurmont Food Bank.

Please stop in to the Senior Benefit Services, meet them, and help to make a difference in our community!

The staff at Senior Benefit Services—Karen, Shawn, Phyllis, and Barb—would like to wish you a safe summer season!

Senior Benefit Services Beach Bound

Pictured from left are (standing) Phyllis Nizer, Shawn Graff, Karen Simundson, and (kneeling) Barbara Plovock.

Pink Fire Trucks Coming to Town

The “Bubble Gum Pink” fire trucks that will be seen riding through Emmitsburg on Tuesday, July 7, will be promoting breast cancer awareness. A total of five fire engines of various types will be arriving on Monday evening, July 6, at the Vigilant Hose Company fire station on West Main Street, and also at the National Fire Heritage Center/Frederick County Fire/Rescue Museum on South Seton Avenue.

They are bringing with them a broad range of messages on personal well-being and safety awareness. The website www.pinkfiretrucks.org contains photos, video clips, and a great deal of background information. Being hosted by the various fire-related entities here in Firetown USA (as some call Emmitsburg), this special visitation is open to the public.

While in town, the group is open to making short personal home visits to those who have been dealing with debilitating diseases—yes, they are even making “house calls!” This is something they do routinely in their travels. The effort is being made possible by the group’s founder, Dave Graybill of Arizona (dgray-bill911@yahoo.com or 602-380-8714). For more information regarding this local Emmitsburg area opportunity or to include how you can arrange to take photos of the units and/or their personnel, contact Wayne Powell at waynepowellnfhc@gmail.com or 240-344-7390.

Thurmont Grange Welcomes Three New Members

At the May 20, 2015, meeting of Thurmont Grange #409, three new members were proudly welcomed. Grange Master Rodman Myers led their induction, followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Members of the Catoctin FFA also gave a presentation at the Grange meeting. The students shared their FFA projects and highlighted team achievements for this year.

The Grange is an organization dedicated to serving their community and promoting agriculture.

For further information or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104.

Thurmont Grange -check w Deb to make sure correct photo for write-up

Pictured from left to right are Grange Master Rodman Myers, Sandy Moser, Robert McAfee, Susan Crone, Chuck Crone, and Grange Chaplain Roger Troxell.

Courtesy Photo

Thurmont Lions Club Community Night Celebration

On May 27, 2015, the Thurmont Lions Club held its annual Community Night Celebration. Members have the opportunity to see the fruits of their year-long labor, as grants are given to numerous organizations. Community Night followed Education Night, held earlier in May, when the club gave grants and scholarships to the Catoctin Feeder schools and its students. Approximately $35,000 was given away during the two nights.

Funds had previously been given to Leader Dog, Maryland Medical Eye Bank, and Catoctin High School (CHS) Safe & Sane 2015.

Please call 301-271-0558 if you are interested in helping the Thurmont Lions Club make a difference in our community.

Thurmont Lions Club Community Night Celebration

Pictured from left are: Thurmont Lions Club President J.R. Wantz with Wayne Stackhouse, Guardian Hose Company; Tim Sturart, Seton Center; Bob Muchow, Lions Saving Kids Sight; Bob Johnson Lions Vision Research Foundation; George Anzelone, Thurmont Senior Citizens; Brooks Widders, Lions District 22-W Hearing & Speech; John Ruppel, Thurmont Scouting Inc; Megan Millson, Catoctin FFA; Lisa Gerring, Project Hope; Bill Blakeslee, Community Foundation of Frederick County for the Davey Long and Mike Compton Memorial Fund, the Make a Difference in Thurmont Fund, and the 1Lt Rob Seidel Wounded Soldier Fund; John Mashmeier, Catoctin Community Medical Fund; Becca Richards, Thurmont Thespians; Tara Lebherz, Thurmont Regional Library; Brandi Bubczyk, Spirit Show Choir; Kate Burke, Camp Jamie; Rebecca Areola, Frederick County Boys and Girls Club at TMS; Ted Nettles, MD Patriot Guard; Labella Kreiner, CHS Leos; Ann Nettles, MD Patriot Guard; Annalise Lewis, TMS Leos; Nick Nowaczyk, Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Club; Mary Frances Gosnell, Heaing Loss Association of America-Frederick County Chapter; Donna Jackman, Lions District-22W Diabetes; Paul Cannada, Lions Club International Foundation; Becky Little, Guiding Eyes for the Blind; Paster Sally Joyner-Giffin, Thurmont Food Bank; John Henry, St Joseph’s Ministries – St Catherine’s. Hidden: Susan Polansky, MD Parents of Blind Children.

Picture by Albie Little of Courtesy Photos Inc.

Thurmont Lions Club Inducts New Member

The Thurmont Lions Club inducted a new member, Lion Jill Long, during the March 25, 2015, meeting. Lion Jill’s husband, Mark Long, is also a member of the club. A warm welcome was given to Lion Jill, as the club welcomed her into their Lions family.

The Thurmont Lions Club is a group of community-minded men and women who come together to enjoy each other’s company, hear interesting programs, and raise funds for important local or vision-related activities. They meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Thurmont.

For additional information, visit their website at www.thurmonlionsclub.com or call 301-271-4433.

Thurmont Lions Club inducts new member

Pictured from left are Lion Glenn Rickard, sponsor; Lion Jill Long; and PDG Paul Cannada.

Cornhole 4 A Cause Tournament Winners

The winners of the annual Cornhole 4 A Cause Tournament fundraiser, hosted by Light the Night team Barkers 4 Blood Cancer, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, were Mark Clemmons and Barry Gastly, who went into the championship game with one loss, having to beat the undefeated Paul Eyler and Ryan Eyler twice to win the tournament. Third place went to Jacob Fisher and Kenny Rosenberry, who went undefeated until their fourth game. The event was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Emmitsburg Community Park. Details about the event, including winners and businesses that contributed to their fundraiser, are listed on their Facebook page: facebook.com/barkers4bloodcancer.

Barkers 4 Blood Cancer would like to thank everyone who attended the event, as well as all of the people and businesses that donated items for the event. They could not have done it without their volunteers: Jeremy Boylan, Tracy Boylan, Abigail Christian, Mark Clemmons, Shannon Cool, Eric Dempsey, Fran Dempsey, Morgan Dempsey, Harvey Dewees, Mary Dewees, Mike Dewees, Peggy Dewees, Brad Doyle, Kim Foreman, Alex Hayes, Gail Hayes, Tracie Lee, Joe MacCaffery, Dave Reid, Kelly Reid, Sue Reid, and Logan Rudez. Heartfelt thanks go out to all for supporting their cause.

Cornhole 2015 winners - 1st place

 First place winners, Barry Gastly and Mark Clemmons.

Cornhole 2015 winners- 2nd place

 Second place winners, Ryan and Paul Eyler.

Silver Fancy Garden Club Donates to Emmitsburg Branch Library

Children’s Library Associate Cheryl Dillman from Frederick County Public Libraries recently attended the monthly meeting of the Silver Fancy Garden Club of Emmitsburg and Taneytown. At the meeting, Dillman accepted a $200.00 donation to be used for Children’s services at the Emmitsburg Branch Library. Ms. Dillman reviewed the club’s programs held at the branch during the past year.

In thanking the club for their long-standing support of activities for children, Ms. Dillman said, “The time and effort donated by members of the Silver Fancy Club provide a wonderful opportunity for hands-on experiences for young people to learn about nature.” A photographic PowerPoint highlighting events from the past year included photographs of children making Gourd Birdhouses and Christmas Tea Centerpieces.

Also at the meeting, club member Janet Hatter, who has coordinated the programs for children at the Emmitsburg Branch, was presented with the Dessie Moxley Youth Involvement and Development Award. This award—a silver platter—was presented by club President Joyce Bruchey. The award is given annually by the District 5 State of Maryland Garden Club to honor a Federated Garden Club member for activities completed within the current year with youth.

The Silver Fancy Garden Club’s history dates back to 1954 when it began in Emmitsburg. Club members promote an interest in gardening, flower arranging, and conservation. Other activities that members plan are tree and flower planting for civic improvement. Members are concerned about litter control and the Highway Beautification Act. They have planted wild flowers along roadways, and put up bluebird nesting boxes. Club meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Emmitsburg or Taneytown Library. New members are welcome. Interested individuals can call Betty Cree at 410-346-7663 for new member information.

This spring, club members Janet Hatter, Cheryl Rippeon, and Linda Mullineaux, instructed a group of thirteen elementary-aged children in the art of spring flower arranging. Each child created a beautiful Easter arrangement that they were able to take home.

The next Silver Fancy Garden event to be held at the Emmitsburg Branch Library will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. and will feature dahlia arrangements. Children, six to fourteen years of age, are invited to register at www.fcpl.org or call 301-600-6329. All materials are provided.

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Silver Fancy Garden Club members Cheryl Rippeon, Janet Hatter, and Linda Mullineaux (not pictured) assisted children from the Emmitsburg community in the art of flower arranging during their Spring Junior Gardener class at the Emmitsburg Library.

Cascade Sons of the American Legion Holds Benefit     

Submitted by Bill Eiker, SAL Historian

On June 13, 2015, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Post 239 of Cascade, Maryland, held a benefit drawing on the grounds of Fort Ritchie.

Of the more than 2,400 tickets sold, more than 900 people were in attendance.

Although it felt more like a mid-summer day on the day of the benefit drawing—hot and humid down in the flatlands—on the mountain top it was much less humid, with a nice cool breeze. Those present thoroughly enjoyed the fundraising festivities and were generously supportive.

Fisher House’s “Persons in Need” fund and the Cascade Elementary School’s “Christmas Project” will be prioritized in receiving the proceeds from the Sons of the American Legion.

The SAL would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who endeavored to make this day a huge success.

Winners of the benefit drawing were: T. Doing, R. Stinnett, J. Gauss, M. Dewdney, D. Wageman, A. Mogle, D. Knaub, C. Hill, M. Creek, S. Kline, M. Reed, D. Davis, R. Ridenour, F. Young, P. Fleagle, L. Lynn, D. Banzoff, and R. Dougan.

Habitat for Humanity Townhouse for Sale in Thurmont

Habitat for Humanity is back in Thurmont with a new homeownership program through Frederick County Affordable Housing Land Trust (FACAHLT). They are seeking applicants who would like to become homeowners of a fantastic townhouse on Spangler Court in Thurmont, featuring three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, garage, and new appliances. The townhouse is selling for $150,000.

For more information about FCAHLT and how to qualify to purchase, please contact , FCAHLT Director Jennifer Minnick at 301-698-2449 ext. 19 or jminnick@frederickhabitat.org.

You Could Win a Camper

The Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department is holding a raffle for which winners will be drawn on April 2, 2016. You could win a Coachmen Clipper pop-up camper; a Stihl leaf blower; or a weed eater.

The camper is provided by Beckley’s Camping Center. Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00. Call 301-748-2874 for more information.

Bittner Reunion

Descendents of Sam and Clara Bittner will hold their annual Bittner Reunion on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the St. John’s United Church of Christ Parish Hall, located on 16923 Sabillasville Road in Sabillasville.

Family and friends are invited to gather at noon. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information or with any questions, email Joan Fry at jofry241@yahoo.com with questions. Kids Fishing Derby 2015

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 121 held their annual Kids Fishing Derby in June. A nice turnout of participants allowed many to enjoy some great prizes and fabulous fishing. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants who landed a big catch!

Businesses who supported this event include Bollinger’s Restaurant, Don’s Towing, Shuff’s Meats, Mare Inc. Boating and Fishing, Thurmont Bar and Grill, Thurmont Eye Care, Thurmont Tanning Salon, Thurmont Auto Sales, Vier’s Auto Repair, Sons of Amvets Squadron 7, Amvets Auxiliary Unit 7, Amvets Post 7, Zurgable Brothers Hardware, VFW Post 6658 Emmitsburg, VFW Auxiliary Unit 6658 Emmitsburg, VFW Men’s Auxiliary Squadron 6658 Emmitsburg, Mountain Gate Restaurant, Hillside Turkey Farm, New Bill’s Auto Body, Emmitsburg Lions Club, Weis Market, Welch’s Lawn Service, Jubilee Foods, Total Look Salon, Rebecca Pearl Galleries, East Park Automotive, Bollinger Construction Inc., Bollinger Homes LLC, Quality Tire Center, Hobb’s Cycle Service, Carleo Italian Pizza, Emmitsburg Glass Company, Fitzgeralds Auto and Cycle, Harrington’s Equipment Co., My Father’s Footsteps Salon, Carriage House Inn, Hobb’s Trucking Co., Knights of Columbus, Stavro’s Pizza, Dave and Jane’s Crab House, Thurmont Feed Store, C. A. Stouter Transport, J.R. Stine, Holtzople Heating and Air, Joann’s Cut and Curl, Rocky’s Pizza, Kountry Kitchen, and E Plus Copy Center.

Legion hosts would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the Kids Fishing Derby a success: Mike Hartdagen, Tim Andrew, Mark Zurgable, Jim Houck, Tim Hane, Ron Cool, Alan Cool, Fred Hoff, Mark Walter, Paul Sutton, Brad Hartdagen, Roger Melton, Lewis Smith, Kevin Cogan, Sharon Hane, Rich Kapriva, Gary Stouter, Matt Cogan, Jean Cool, Ron Springer, Brenda Sites, Cory Stouter, Ron Rosensteel, Evon Rosensteel, Tom Joy, Carole Hartdagen, Brianna Gregory, Dave Bushman, and Kelsey Dewees.

“Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers, and may God bless you for you have made many children very happy!”

Catoctin High School’s New Distinguished Graduate Organization Seeks Nominees

A new Distinguished Graduate Organization was established at Catoctin High School (CHS) during the 2014-2015 school year to recognize the graduates of Catoctin High School who have made a difference locally, in the state, and/or in the nation.

Committee membership stands at seven and currently includes Keith Bruck, Program Coordinator; Bernard Quesada, CHS Principal; Deb Clarke, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; Kim Flabbi, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; Curt Howser, CHS staff member; John Koepke, community member and former CHS staff member; Glenn Moxley, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; and Tom Sherald, community member and former CHS staff member.

“Our Principal, Bernie Quesada, expressed interest in starting the program, modeling it after a similar program that exists at Linganore High School,” said Keith Bruck.

Nominations for Distinguished Graduates are invited in five categories: academics, arts and humanities, athletics, business, and public service. Nominated graduates will be mailed an application to complete. Honorees will be selected from those applications returned to the committee. All nominees must be graduates of Catoctin High School. Students who attended CHS but did not graduate from CHS are not eligible for recognition.

The community can also nominate a former Catoctin staff member (cafeteria worker, custodian, instructional aide, secretary, or teacher) to be recognized.

The earliest a former staff member can be nominated is two years following their departure from CHS.

To honor distinguished graduates, there will be an awards ceremony the Tuesday before Thanksgiving 2015. The freshmen and senior classes and the honorees’ families are the only guests invited to the awards ceremony. When each honoree receives his/her award, he/she will be invited to speak to the guests and students about the impact of a CHS education and the choices that he/she made that led to personal success. The goal is for the freshmen and seniors to discover role models in the many men and women who are Catoctin alumni. After the ceremony, the recipients will visit specific classes to further share their expertise and experience.

The day will conclude with a small reception in the media center to honor the recipients.

Nomination forms can be picked up in the front office of Catoctin High School, or can be downloaded from the CHS website at www.education.fcps.org/chs. Nomination forms must be submitted by September 1, 2015, to 14745 Sabillasville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

Nominees will then receive an application to be completed by October 1, 2015. The Distinguished Graduate Organization committee will determine the award recipients by October 15.

Fundraiser Helps Special Needs Students

Pamela Adams-Campbell, a special needs teacher at Catoctin High School, asked Frederick County Public Schools to fund Chromebooks for her students. She received the answer that if they were purchased for one school, they’d have to purchase them for all schools, and the funds are not budgeted or allocated for that purpose at the present time. It could have been a while for this need to be filled.

Mrs. Adams-Campbell set out to raise funds for the purpose. While she could have focused on raising funds for her students alone, she instead has set out to raise enough funds to purchase approximately one hundred Chromebooks at the cost of $33,000. Each Chromebook costs about $330.00.

With Frederick County Public School’s initiative to go “paperless” this past school year, over 90,000 documents were shared using Google Drive at Catoctin High in the school year 2014-1015. Chromebooks will allow students with special needs to share documents. More importantly, the tablet computer will allow visual and verbal interaction with these students who thrive with alternative ways of learning. It is proven that students with attention deficit learn better from hearing words while reading along visually; students with autism learn well by moving items around with a mouse on a computer; students with physical challenges may use apps on the Chromebooks to speak their text or hear words read to them. The benefits of these compact portable tools are unending.

Sponsors of each Chromebook will receive recognition with a plaque on each Chromebook they buy, newsletter recognition throughout FCPS, and Web recognition on “Find Out First” online.

“Friends” are those who sponsor one Chromebook, “Supporters” sponsor two, and “Champions” sponsor up to ten Chromebooks.

Call Catoctin High School at 240-236-8100 and ask for Pamela Adams-Campbell or email her at pamela.adamscampbell@fcps.org for more information. This is a great purpose. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

Emmitsburg’s Multi-User Recreational Trails Officially Open for Fun

A ceremony for the dedication of the Emmitsburg Multi-Users Recreational Trails was held Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Rainbow Lake where the trails start. The trail system includes sixteen miles of trails through the mountains around Rainbow Lake. The trails can be used by families, groups, enthusiasts, and recreational hikers and mountain bikers. The system includes challenging trails and beginner trails.

Tim O’Donnell, the Town of Emmitsburg’s coordinator for the project, thanked the Trail Conservancy who provided approximately $100,000 in grant funding for this project, as well as Single Track Futures who provided approximately $300,000 in matching funds for grants obtained through the State Highway Administration and the Recreational Trail Program to make this project a reality. Additionally, he thanked Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), the International Bicycling Association, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Emmitsburg, and all who have traveled far and near to volunteer. Over 1,000 volunteer hours were recorded to build the trails.

Austin Steo, Executive Director of the Trail Conservancy, said, “We were glad to have helped Tim realize his vision for a trail system here.”

There will be more trails built, including a trail to connect to Annandale Road and eventually to the Town of Emmitsburg with a natural surface trail. There will be twenty-five to thirty miles of trail when the project is complete within the next five years.

Caroline O’Donnell said, “My Dad has worked very hard for a very long time to make this happen. He completed a proposal with bulletin boards and drawings that he presented to the town before he became a town commissioner. It’s been a long-term effort.”


Pictured from left are Jason Hade, Jude O’Donnell, Dewey, Austin Steo with the Trail Conservancy, Tim O’Donnell with the Town of Emmitsburg, Noreen O’Donnell, Caroline O’Donnell, and Chris Howell.

by James Rada, Jr.


June 2015

Helping Out Little League

The Emmitsburg Town Council recently voted to give the Emmitsburg Little League $500 for a concession stand, as they host a state tournament on July 2-5.

They also voted to give all of the tournament participants a free admission day to the town pool during the tournament.


Community Legacy Grants Available

If you have a property located in the Emmitsburg Main Street Historic District or on Frailey Road, East Lincoln, or Chesapeake Avenue, you may be eligible for a Community Legacy Grant. Applications are available at the town office. The grants provide 50 percent matching funds for exterior restoration and façade improvements.

For more information, call the town office at 301-600-6300.


Improvements for Emmitsburg

Emmitsburg recently received $16,000 of its requested $18,000 in Program Open Space funds. This money will pay for a new back stop on a baseball field and a dog park.

The town is also planning on new sidewalks along South Seton Avenue from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute entrance to the downtown square. The sidewalks on North Seton are expected to be replaced in 2016. East and West Main Street sidewalk replacement will probably be tied into the bridge project.

It was announced at the last MML meeting that the town received $16,000 in POS money, town requested $18,000. The town will be able to get a back stop and a dog park. Town Manager Dave Haller interjected that staff will have to rebid the back stop, probably this fall. The dog park will most likely happen next spring.


New Ethics Committee Member Appointed

Robert Rosensteel has stepped down from the Board of Appeals to serve on the Emmitsburg Ethics Committee. His appointment was unanimous.


2016 Budget Passed

The Emmitsburg Town Council approved its budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins on July 1. Commissioners Sweeney, Blanchard, and O’Donnell voted to approve the budget. Commissioners Mellor and Ritz were absent from the meeting but had not expressed any concerns to town staff.


For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, log onto www.emmitsburgmd.gov or call 301-600-6300.


June 2015

Thurmont Officials Pass Budget

Leaving the tax rate unchanged (30.17 cents per $100 of assessed value), the Thurmont Mayor and Board of Commissioners passed its Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which begins on July 1. The General Fund budget $3,689,711 of $4,547,745 in expected revenues. The independent sewer fund budgets $1,448,850 of $2,282,492 in revenues. The independent water fund budgets $802,911 of $1,271,656 in revenues. The independent electric fund budgets $6,461,341 of $7,387,246. Additional amounts in the funds have been budgeted for capital improvements and future uses.


Thurmont’s Assistant Mayors

Griffin Puvel and Abigail May, Thurmont Elementary fourth-grade students, “assisted” Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird during the June 9 Thurmont town meeting. The students were the winners of the “If I Were Mayor” contest. They wrote essays that explained how they would resolve a conflict about whether the fictitious “Happy Town” government should build a playground or skate park on town property.

The students read their essays to the audience and gave some input during the meeting as well as gaveling it to a close.

Kinnaird had also visited the school previously to talk to the students about town government and what a mayor does.

New Police Officer Sworn In

Brian Donovan, a former officer with the Maryland National Park Police, was sworn in by the mayor as a new Thurmont town police officer during the June 9 meeting.


Officer Receives Recognition

Thurmont Police Officer Kyle Minnick received a certificate of achievement for his work during a campaign to stop drivers from using hand-held telephones while driving. The Thurmont Police made sixty-two stops during a two-month period and issued the drivers written warnings. Minnick made thirty of the stops in an effort to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Thurmont Police Chief Greg Eyler presented the certificate to Minnick.


Yard Waste Must be in Paper Bags

After September 1, 2015, the Town of Thurmont will no longer have its trash contractor pick up any yard waste that is not in a paper bag. This move is expected to save the town some money in labor costs. Currently, yard waste put in plastic bags has to be opened so that the waste can be composted. Paper bags for yard waste can be purchased at local retailers or you can supply your own.


New Thurmont Main Street Website

The new Thurmont Main Street Website is up! Go to thurmontmainstreet.com and check it out. The Frederick News Post annual “Best of the Best” nominations are now underway. Follow the link below to vote for your favorite business by category. www.fredericknewspost.com/BOB. Let’s get Thurmont businesses into the Best of the Best! Share with your friends!

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

New Restrictions in Place on Moser Road Bridge in Thurmont

New restrictions went into effect on the Moser Road Bridge in Thurmont on Friday, June 5, 2015. These restrictions are being implemented pursuant to recommendations identified in a recent bridge inspection. Weight limits will be decreased from 25,000 pounds to 12,000 pounds for a single unit and from 46,000 pounds to 21,000 pounds for a combination unit. In addition, the travel lane of the bridge will be narrowed to a single lane only. A stop sign will be in place on the west side of the bridge, immediately past the Thurmont Regional Library. A yield sign will remain in place on the east side of the bridge.

The Town of Thurmont is in the process of securing bids to replace the bridge. Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird stated, “We concur with the recommended restrictions and are currently working on requests for proposals to have the bridge replaced as soon as possible.”

Questions can be addressed to Chief Administrative Officer Jim Humerick at jhumerick@thurmontstaff.com or 301-271-7313, ext. 204.

FFA Members Honored at Annual FFA Banquet

Madelyn Krantz, Catoctin FFA Reporter

The Catoctin FFA’s annual parent/member banquet was held on May 14, 2015. The Catoctin FFA members and supporters were recognized for their accomplishments for the past year. First year members, also known as Greenhands, were recognized with the Greenhand Degree. Liz Bisbee, Jimmy Kempisty, Tiffany Lenhart, Kaitlynn Neff, Dylan Harmon, Madelyn Krantz, Megan McIntosh, Michael Phelps, Mackenzie Henderson, Brietta Latham, and Stephanie Moreland earned this degree this year. Kaitlynn Neff and Stephanie Moreland were recognized as Star Greenhand members. May Cruz, Jonathan Hubbard, and Johnny Kempisty earned the Chapter Degree this year. Kayla Umbel was recognized as the Star Chapter Member. Honorary Chapter Degrees were presented to Jim Barth and Tractor Supply Company #4166. Liz Bisbee, Mackenzie Henderson, Dylan Harmon, Jimmy Kempisty, Madelyn Krantz, Tiffany Lenhart, Stephanie Moreland, Kaitlynn Neff, and Michael Phelps all received corduroy FFA jackets from ten sponsors that donated money for them; these generous sponsors are Brian Hendrickson, Don Hendrickson, Bob and Cheryl Lenhart and family, Jeff and Karen McAfee, Michael and Amy Poffenberger, Paul and Tracey Schur, Shawn and Sarah Shriner, Norman and Sandy Shriver, the Cliff Stewart family, and Bob and Carolyn Wiles.

Megan Millison was recognized as the Community Show Unsung Hero. The Thurmont Grange Unsung Hero award was presented to Hannah Barth. Taylor Eiker was named the Chapter’s Unsung Hero, and was presented a plaque sponsored by the Frederick County Farm Bureau. The Dekalb Award is presented to a senior member who excels in the classroom and has an excellent SAE project at home. Nicki Milbourne was presented the Dekalb Award. Hannah Barth was recognized as the Chapter Star in Agri Science. Nicki Milbourne was the Chapter Star Farmer. The Scholastic Achievement Award, which is given to the senior FFA member with the highest grade point average, was presented to Hannah Barth.

Jonathan Hubbard was presented awards for being the top salesman for Fall Citrus and Nuts, Spring Fruit and Nuts and Meatsticks. Hannah Barth was the top salesman for the annual butchering.

Theresa Hutchinson and Tyler Wolf were honored with the Advisor Appreciation Award. Allen Haines was presented a gift certificate as a huge thank you for all that he does to help us at our butchering.

The 2015-2016 Catoctin FFA Senior Officers are: President Megan Millison, Vice President Stephanie Kennedy, Secretary Kayla Umbel, Treasurer Tiffany Lenhart, Reporter Madelyn Krantz, Sentinel Dusty Hahn, Historian Stephanie Moreland, and Parliamentarian May Cruz.

The Catoctin FFA is very thankful for all of the support that we had this past year. Without your support, we would not be able to do all that we do. We are excited for the upcoming year!


Pictured from left are: (back row) Kayla Umbel, Stephanie Kennedy, Dusty Hahn, Megan Millison, and Tiffany Lenhart; (front row) Maddie Krantz, May Cruz, and Stephanie Moreland.

Courtesy Photo

2015 Thurmont Middle School Leo of the Year

Leo Lynn Morlier was awarded the 2015 Thurmont Middle School (TMS) Leo of the Year at the Thurmont Lions Club’s youth meeting on March 25, 2015. Leo Lynn is self-motivated, participates in a majority of the club’s fundraisers, volunteers at the TMS library, participates in monthly book clubs, was selected for the TMS Honor’s Band, received TMS citizenship awards, and is an honor roll student. In addition, she is a cadet in the Girl Scouts, active in the church’s youth group, and volunteers at the Frederick Rescue Mission and SERVV, which is a fair trade non-profit organization. Congratulations, Leo Lynn!

Leo of the Year - Thurmont Lions Club

Pictured from left are Lion Joyce Anthony, TLC Leo Advisor; Mrs. Morlier (Lynn’s mother); Leo Lynn Morlier; Leo President Annalise Lewis, and Lion Gayle DiSalvo, TLC Leo advisor.


Thurmont Lions Club’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

The Thurmont Lions Club’s 2015 Teacher of the Year was awarded to Charlene Rippeon, a teacher at Emmitsburg Elementary School.

Charlene was nominated by her Principal, Mary Ann Wiles, who said, “She embodies the spirit of the school and goes above and beyond the classroom to provide a warm, caring, and enriching learning environment for the students, while on the sidelines cheering for the students, her colleagues, and building relationships with everyone. Congratulations, Ms. Charlene Rippeon.”

Thurmont Lions Club Teacher of the Year

Pictured from left are Tracey Lucas, Executive Director of School Administration and Leadership, FCPS; Charlene Rippeon; Lion JR Wantz, President of TLC; and Lion Joyce Anthony.

Tyrian Masonic Lodge Presents Annual Scholarships

Tyrian Masonic Lodge No. 205 presented scholarships at their annual Strawberry Night, held at Elias Lutheran Church social hall on Thursday, June 11, 2015. This year, $500 scholarships were presented to Stacie Baust and Katey Kramlick to continue their education. Stacie attends Frederick Community College, and Katey is attending Carroll Community College. Brother Ron Cool was also presented the Solomon Builders II pin by Grand Lodge of Maryland for membership.

Any student attending college or aspiring to attend may apply to Maryland Masonic Lodges scholarship programs to receive financial help. Contact any Lodge member for information.

Tyrian lodge scholarship

Pictured from left are Stacie Baust, Katey Kramlick, Worshipful Master Ernie Gelwicks, Temple Holding Treas. Austin Fogle.

Kindergarten Teacher Honored as Thurmont Lions Club Teacher of the Year for Mother Seton School

If you want to see young chefs creating a recipe for Stone Soup or budding scientists reading the outdoor thermometer to chart the daily temperature or writers creating an illustrated life of Mother Seton to read to their families, just travel to Connie Richwine’s kindergarten class at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg.

The veteran educator—with twenty-six years of educational experience, eight of those at Mother Seton School—is loved by students, staff, and parents alike for her creativity and enthusiasm in teaching. This is one of the reasons she was selected by students and parents to receive the Thurmont Lions Club Teacher of the Year award for Mother Seton School.

“I was so pleasantly surprised to receive the Thurmont Lions Club Teacher of the Year award,” said Richwine. “I deeply appreciate the kind and generous words expressed in the letters written about me.”

The Thurmont Lions Club presents the Teacher of the Year award annually to teachers selected by their schools in the Catoctin Feeder. A donation to the school is part of the award.

“We are blessed to count a teacher like Connie among our faculty at Mother Seton School,” said Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., principal. “For her, teaching is not just a job, it is a calling, and that is evident in her dedication to her students. She touches everyone she meets with her joyful light.”

As the wife of an Air Force officer, Richwine has enjoyed a career that has stretched from serving as a resource teacher in Selma, Alabama, to teaching in a one-room schoolhouse five miles from the Canadian border. She previously served as the principal of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, before retiring as an administrator to return to the classroom eight years ago.

“Teaching my students is something I look forward to each and every day,” stated Richwine. “I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. I have truly been blessed to have been a part of the best profession possible!”







Connie Richwine is shown here with three of her students: (from left) Olivia Jeager, Logan Crutchfield, and Torrance Bassler.

2014-2015 Season Achievements of Some of Catoctin’s Talented Wrestlers

Joshua Small, the 113 pounder, qualified for the state tournament in his first year, no easy feat for a freshman. But Small is not your average freshman wrestler. He has wrestled, and placed, in large tournaments before, even at the national level. He has a relentless, aggressive style that is exciting to watch: no surprises, just straight forward and basic. He faced the Eastern regional champion in prelims, but was unable to upend his opponent, losing a very close 9-8 decision. A second loss in consolations bumped him from the contest. The stats he posted, however, were exemplary, including a perfect 13-0 dual meet record, 4-4 at Bauerlien, 6-1 at the Catoctin Duals, and an eighth place finish at the Hub Cup. He placed second in the county tournament, losing in finals by two points to the eventual fifth place finisher at states, and fourth at regionals. He received a first team MVAL All-Conference nomination, a Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team bid, and received the Maryland Minds-in-Motion Scholar-Athlete award. He is ranked No. 24 in the state, and wraps up a fine freshman year with an impressive 29-13 record.

Payne Harrison, the 220-pound junior, made his first appearance at states, overcoming a narrowly missed opportunity last year with a close defeat at the regional tournament. Harrison wrestled a dominating match, winning a 9-2 decision in prelims against the Eastern regional champion. The next round found him in consolations after suffering a defeat by the eventual sixth place finisher. A determined Harrison, knowing that another loss would eliminate him from the competition, won a hard-fought 1-0 decision to advance. Harrison was unable to continue his quest for state placement after an equally hard-fought 2-1 loss stopped him from moving forward. Harrison was one win, just a couple of points away, from a guaranteed medal. His improvement is evident with a 9-3 regular dual total, a 4-4 showing at Bauerlien, an impressive third-place finish, going 4-1 at the Hub Cup, and an equally impressive 6-1 tally at the Catoctin Duals. He placed fourth in the county, winning two matches, and earned his first state bid with a 3-2 record and fourth-place finish at regionals. He was an MVAL All-Conference and Frederick News Post All-Area honorable mention, and a Maryland Minds-in-Motion scholar-athlete award recipient. His winning percentage soared from the previous year with a 30-15 season record.

At 106 pounds, Zachary Bryant, also an experienced and battle-tested freshman, but with a style anything but basic, achieved a spot in the 16-man bracket at states as well. Owning an unpredictable and high-risk wrestling style, Bryant wowed the crowd on many occasions with his well-timed and well-executed surprises. At states, he subdued his first two opponents by pinning them, guaranteeing at least a sixth-place finish. After a frustrating loss in semis, Bryant squeaked out an 8-7 victory on the consolation side of competition. He lost his last bout, but secured a fourth-place finish for his efforts. In dual meet action, 13-0 Bryant, was unbeaten. He went 6-2 at Bauerlien, 6-1 at the Catoctin Duals, and was a Hub Cup finalist. A pair of second-place finishes in the county and regional tournaments, as well as the fourth-place accomplishment at states, resulted in MVAL All-Conference 1st team honors and a Frederick News Post All-Area second team designation. With a state rank of No. 17, the Maryland Minds-in-Motion Scholar-Athlete award recipient concludes his season with a noteworthy 35-8 record.

Making his first appearance at Cole as a competitor and not a spectator, 170-pound Kevin Simmel’s storied run at a state title was long overdue. Simmel posted a promising 23-7 record as a sophomore before he was sidelined with a season-ending knee injury. He would miss half the season while rehabbing after surgery. As a junior, Simmel’s competition was cut short only eight matches into the season after suffering a broken arm. Again, he would have to watch as his teammates chased their goals, and again, he would have to put his own ambitions on hold.

This year, a healthy, determined, and physically dominant Simmel proved to be a top competitor, raising the inquiry of what might have been had his career not been interrupted twice by tragedy. At the state level, he easily handled his first opponent, winning by technical fall; he won a hard-fought 12-8 decision in his next bout, and in semis, narrowly edged his challenger by a 8-7 double-overtime victory. He lost a very close and very controversial 4-2 finals battle in which action was stopped by the referee after Simmel lifted and threw his opponent to his back, apparently securing a take-down and quite possibly, near-fall points. Action resumed, however, with no change in position and without points being awarded, again begging the question, what might have been.

Simmel went 11-2 in regular dual meet action, posted perfect records at both the Bauerlien and Catoctin Duals, and was a Hub Cup finalist. He won his first Frederick County championship in dramatic, knock-down drag-out fashion in a very deep and talented field, was both a regional and state finalist, and was honored by the Frederick News Post as an all-area first-team wrestler. He received MVAL All-Conference 2nd team praise and is ranked fourth in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. He has a career total of 91-28, and his impressive 36-5 senior record will long be remembered as one of the county’s Cinderella stories of high school wrestling.

Garrett Buckley ends his extraordinary career with four straight trips to the state tournament.

As a freshman, he earned the team’s highest placement with third-place finish. He settled for fifth place in his sophomore year, but fell short of making the podium as a junior in a deep 132-pound weight class. Moving up two weight classes and coming into the tournament as the number one seed at 145 pounds, Buckley made quick work of his first opponent with a pin twenty-five seconds into the second period. He won a tight, back-and-forth 7-3 decision in quarter finals, advancing him to semis where he would face an undefeated returning state champion. Buckley was unable to advance, losing a 12-3 major decision to the eventual two-time state champion. A determined Buckley would not lose again. He achieved two straight hard-fought victories in the consolation bracket, guaranteeing himself a third-place finish and a third state medal to add to his collection. Buckley posted an 11-2 dual meet record, went 7-1 at Bauerlien, and wrestled to a fifth-place finish at the Hub Cup. He was undefeated, boasting a perfect 7-0 showing at the Catoctin Duals and placed second in the county tournament, losing in finals to the eventual state champion on the 3A-4A side. Buckley excited the crowd with his unique, hard-charging and fast-paced wrestling style as he swept the state-ranked competition en route to winning the regional championship. He was recognized with a Fredrick News Post All-Area First Team team bid and an honorable mention selection to the MVAL All-Conference team. Buckley holds the rank of number ten in the state, wraps up his senior year with a 37-8 record and an outstanding 146-35 career record, giving him the second greatest number of wins by any wrestler in Catoctin High School history.

Like Buckley, Charlie Perella, the 152-pound senior, also made his fourth consecutive appearance at the state tournament in as many years. He placed fourth as a freshman and twice became the Maryland state champion, winning back-to-back titles by pin his sophomore year and in overtime his junior year. Achieving this feat made Perella the only Catoctin High wrestler ever to win two state titles. Perella overwhelmed his first two opponents, winning by pin in prelims and by a 17-2 technical fall in quarter-finals. A 9-4 victory by decision in semis launched him into his third straight state finals exhibition against the rival that took him to overtime the year before, an undefeated returning finalist looking for revenge. The match was similar to their prior meeting: a scoreless first period and a one-point advantage by Perella in the second by way of escape. After an assertive ride by Perella in the third period, his opponent managed to tie the score with thirteen seconds left in regulation, once again forcing overtime action. Seconds into the sudden-death period, Perella, in his typical calm, but deliberate punishing style, was able to gain his opponents back, lift him into the air, and put him on the mat for the win and his third straight state title, the 7th individual claim for Catoctin High School. The Nymeo/WFMD March 2015 Athlete of the Month posted a perfect 13-0 dual meet total, as well as an 8-0, undefeated showing at the Bauerlien Duals. He was a Hub Cup finalist and went 7-1 at the Catoctin Duals. He claimed his fourth consecutive Frederick County title, the first Catoctin wrestler to achieve that feat and only the eleventh overall. He was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler and received the Fred Burgee Award for the second time in his career. He won his third consecutive regional crown en route to the third state title and was recognized by the Frederick News Post with an All-Area First Team bid and as the 2015 wrestler of the year. He received a first team MVAL All-Conference designation, a Maryland Minds-in-Motion Scholar-Athlete award, and an MSWA All-Academic team selection. He is ranked No. 3 in the state by the MSWA and has been ranked as high as No. 25 nationally by USA Wrestling Magazine. He concludes his senior year with a 40-2 record and a career mark of 159-18 with 94 pins, to tie the Frederick County wins record and making him the all-time leader in wins for Catoctin High school and No. 7 all-time for Maryland public high school wins.

CYA wrestler, seventh grader Jacob Baker, wrestling in the 12 and under division at 122 pounds, won his second straight Maryland State Wrestling Association title with a dominating performance that included a 15-0 technical fall at 2:51 in his first match, a 53 second pin in semis, and a 1:22 pin in finals. Jacob becomes the sixth CYA wrestler to win a Maryland state title and just the third individual to claim a pair of titles in his youth league wrestling career. Catoctin High School wrestlers Charlie Perella won MSWA championships in 2010 and 2011, and Zachary Bryant prevailed in 2010 and 2012.

Former CYA wrestler Colby Keilholtz, representing the Warhawks Wrestling Club, placed second after a 3-1 loss in finals in the 10 and under, 85 pound bracket. Colby won a state title in 2013 while representing the Frederick Fight Club.

Catoctin High Schools’s Unified Sports Team Members Compete in Special Olympic Games

Catoctin High School (CHS) has three Unified Sports Teams: Tennis, Bocce, and Track and Field. Unified teams are comprised of special needs students and partners who help out. Being considered special needs in this sense may simply mean that a student has a learning impairment, a physical disability, a learning disability, or even a slight attention deficit.

This spring, while CHS’s Track Team was at states, the regional director of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games invited our Unified Track and Field Team to participate in the games.

CHS junior Shannon Grimes ran the 400 at the state track meet, coming in first place, and scored second in the long jump. She participated at the Special Olympic competition, where she placed second place in the 400 and first in the long jump. “I made new friends. Even if I was beat, they would hug and come together,” said Grimes.

CHS freshman Kaleb Welch earned first place in shot put in his division, and participated in the 4×100 relay. At Special Olympics, he earned fourth place in the competitive age group of 15-21. Ironically, Kaleb wasn’t going to participate in track, because he didn’t “want to run.” That’s why he chose shot put. It was a surprise that he took off running at the first practice even though he didn’t have to. He then participated in shot put and some running events. “I did have fun!” Welch said.

At the State Competition, the CHS Track team earned a bronze (third place) medal; at Special Olympics States, the CHS Unified Track and Field team earned a silver (second place) medal.

CHS senior Nick Dolly earned a gold medal in the 15-21 age division. CHS senior Destiny Knestout would have participated in the 100 meter run and the mini javelin for women, but she was ill for the Special Olympics competition.

Mrs. Pamela Adams-Campbell and Mr. Donald Roberts are the coaches for the Unified Track Team, as well as Catoctin’s Unified Bocce Team. Mrs. Adams-Campbell said, “I’m proud of these guys. We’re a tiny school. Some schools had two schools combined, and we placed ahead of them.” Catoctin’s unified sports had about eighteen participants on the Unified Bocce team, while Unified Track had approximately twenty. Congratulations to our athletes! Your community is proud of you.

Catoctin Track and Field State Champ in 800 Meter Race

Patrick Van Der Cruyssen is the 2015 State Champion in the 800 meter race, backing up his indoor state title in the 800 meter run. The Maryland State Championship meet was held on Thursday, May 21 and Saturday, May 23 at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The boys 4 x 800 relay team—Eric Myers, Zach Gascho, and Demetrius Patterson, anchored by Patrick Van Der Cruyssen—won silver medals; the 4 x 400 relay team—Tony Reina, Justin Herman, Demetrius Patterson, and Patrick Van Der Cruyssen—won bronze medals. The Catoctin High School boys’ team came in fourth overall.

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Catoctin’s Patrick Van Der Cruyssen backs up his indoor state title in the 800 meter race with an outdoor state title.

The Time of My Life

by Valerie Nusbaum


A stitch in time saves nine.

—Francis Baily, 1797 (This simply means that repairing a rip or tear in a garment when it occurs, will save more stitches and time later when the hole has gotten bigger.)

Time and tide wait for no man.

—St. Marher, 1225 (Pretty much self-explanatory.)

Dear, it’s time for that old garden shed to be torn down and hauled away. Randy? Are you listening to me? Where are you hiding?

—Valerie Nusbaum, yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. (Again, this is self-explanatory, and I’m guessing that a lot of you can identify with it.)

Time is something that we never seem to have enough of. Older people fear it’s running out, while young people continue to unashamedly waste it. We have it on our hands and on our side and we kill it. Time marches on and it stands still. It is of the essence, and it is money.

One minute is sixty seconds of time, but this same minute can seem like a lifetime or be as fleeting as the blink of an eye. When I’m walking on the treadmill, the first minute always goes by quickly, but the remainder minutes drag on and on. If I’m reading a good book or spending time with friends, an hour —sixty entire minutes—can pass in a heartbeat. It really is true that time flies when I’m having fun, and, evidently, I do not think walking on the treadmill is fun.

Sixty seconds may not seem like much time, but it’s amazing how much stuff I can accomplish while my morning hot tea water is heating in the microwave. Conversely, if I jump up during a commercial break while I’m watching television, those few minutes are barely long enough to get to the bathroom and back.

We use time to set records, to measure accomplishments, and we use it as a deadline. We enjoy the good times and persevere through the bad ones.

Some of the greatest minds of all time have concentrated their efforts on time travels. Some would go back in time to change events, while others would journey to the future to see if the things we are doing in the present are right or wrong.

Would you go back in time if you could? I assume that in doing so, any changes we make or things we do differently would affect our present lives. I always say that if I could do it over again, I’d take a different route with my education and career choices. However, if I had done those things differently, I probably wouldn’t have met Randy, nor had some of the wonderful experiences I’ve had. I wouldn’t have the life I have today. If my mother could go back in time and change her life, I might not be sitting here at all. It’s a lot to consider. Time travel is very confusing to me, and it takes way too much time to think about it.

Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Croce, and Mick Jagger have all sung about time. Sorry. I don’t have any current references. I only listen to the oldies channels on XM radio. I’m sure that Taylor Swift or Kanye West have also written or sung songs about time. My point is that time is something we all share.

A lot of us are fond of saying that there aren’t enough hours in a day, but, in truth, we know that the twenty-four hours in each day is a constant and this will never change. We need to change our expectations and stop trying to cram too much into one day. How many of us say every year that we’re not ready for Christmas? Do we forget that Christmas rolls around on December 25 every single year? I’m going to make a real effort to lower my expectations about what I can accomplish in a given time frame. Please remind me that I wrote these words when I’m sitting up at 1:00 a.m. on Christmas morning wrapping gifts, and I’m crying because I can’t get it all finished.

On a happy note, our garden shed was torn down in a timely fashion. Even though it was a difficult job, there was very little cursing and swearing, because Brooke came over to help. Randy informed me that it took two entire days (48 hours or 2,880 minutes) to complete the job, but it was worth it. The yard is looking better, and we have space for a small vegetable garden, plus Randy didn’t find any snakes underneath the old building.

In closing, I’m sending a big “Thank You” to Linda Myers for sending me the photo of Boardwalk Elvis. It was great to see that he’s alive and well and, well, timeless.

Happy Independence Day to all! Have a great time!

Farm to Table at Local Farmers Market

by Chris O’Connor

IMG_4353My journey on the road to the farmer’s market with my wares in tow began not as a mad dash, but more like a casual meander.

The first issue to confront was the most mundane: I had nothing to sell but for seedlings I’d started for my own garden.

Procrastination—the enemy of the most well-intentioned gardener—is even worse if one is too much an inveterate dreamer. Being identified as a dreamer isn’t a compliment, but rather implies one isn’t a “doer.” It was sort of disheartening to be called a dreamer when I was a child, until Mom helped me re-frame the word and told me to consider myself an idea person.

The dreamer in me has long been intrigued with the notion of selling something—anything—at a farmer’s market, a place with no walls and the only ceiling, the ever-changing sky above. Short of becoming growers themselves, where else can professional chefs or imaginative home cooks obtain the tastiest vegetables and herbs for their dishes or the freshest flowers for their tables?

Recently, I heard that there were still vendor spaces available at a local market. Better yet, there was no charge for a space. It was a no-brainer for me to follow one of my dreams—except for the pesky problem that I had no marketable product.

My internal GPS startled me when it piped up, “Recalibrating!” and I was off to the races. The first order of business was to contact someone to secure a space before the market’s opening. I started with the Emmitsburg Town Office.

With a space available for me, I hastily transplanted some of my flower seedlings from market packs into individual pots and gave each a splash of water-soluble fertilizer. With some searching, I found some bubble wrap to stuff in between what would be jars of water to hold fresh cut herbs. But the quest for the small cooler that I usually use to keep my drinking water below 80 degrees proved to be a futile exercise.

Market day dawned as so many recently, with a hint of a promise to stay nice, but the angry remnants of Tropical Storm Bill loomed as a threat on the distant horizon.

After loading up my trusty truck with my meager offerings, I optimistically left the mountain for town. Despite carefully compiling a lengthy checklist of necessities, I forgot a table, so I spread a blanket on the tailgate upon which I laid my potted flowers and water-filled mason jars containing long stems of fresh herbs. Thankfully the heat and humidity was tolerable with a refreshing breeze off the mountain.

Once set up, I chatted with vendors who have been selling their products at the Farmer’s Market for years, such as Pete and Ann Puntigan. Among other vegetables, their display consisted of snow peas, sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and one of my personal favorites, “Candy” onions (a sweet onion variety similar to a Vidalia).

Marcella Waterman and her daughter Anna of Stoneyridge Farm, long-time supporters of the local farm markets, had an assortment of baked goods, heirloom tomato plants, herbs, vegetables, and pint containers of sour cherries. They also raise dairy goats and show chickens at their farm.

Newcomer Emily Hoponick of Copper Star Farm raises registered miniature donkeys at her farm in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. She had eggs from her free-roaming chickens for sale, along with skeins of rich-colored yarn spun from her sheep herd of Romney, Leicester, and Jacob breeds.

One farmer has been selling vegetables and melons since he was a teenager in Owings Mills, Maryland; but since buying a farm in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, he has joined the Emmitsburg Farmer’s Market, still traveling to Owings Mills where he maintains his original vegetable stand.

Willow Valley Farm Market of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, was represented by Stacey Crum and her daughter Ashley who sold a variety of fresh cut herbs and plants and handmade scented soaps, along with other gifts. They also have a market at their farm on Pecher Road in Fairfield, where one can find a number of products that they, and other family members, fabricate and grow.

Of course, the availability of vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers will change as different varieties come to maturity as the growing season progresses. Still, cooks can enjoy the farm-to-table fare without the middleman, which, by nature, is a time-consuming step during which produce can diminish in flavor and nutrients.

The beauty of local farmer’s markets is that the consumer can express their interest in different varieties of products they’d like to see from growers that they themselves may not have the time, space, or expertise to grow.

Supporting a farmer’s market is a grand way to sustain members of the community who work protracted hours preparing the earth, planting, and maintaining crops until harvest—not to mention dealing with the vagaries of weather and battling a diverse cast of winged and four-legged creatures that also enjoy fresh produce.

My offerings may not sell, but this isn’t a big deal since I grow herbs my family members enjoy, and freeze the rest either solo or in pesto.

Flowers are always cheering to the spirit. I grow flowers to help sustain ruby-throated hummingbirds, birds, and butterflies. And when winter closes in, flower seed heads feed the birds of winter yet longer.

Stroll through Emmitsburg and Thurmont’s farmers markets on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, respectively.

While you are there, introduce yourself to the growers, for it’s said that a stranger is a friend one has yet to meet.

Deb Spalding

DSC_0036Alyssa Imes of Emmitsburg (pictured right) is a student of art. The dining room of her parent’s home resembles an art museum with displays and photos of her sculptures. A muse-ful elephant smiles at you proudly with his ceramics metallic body and wire trunk; a gumby giraffe made of screws and pipe seems ready to play; and a gracefully rusty sculpture resembles a ship’s sail. One of her recent pieces features steel rods supporting volumes of knowledge in the floating pages of books. Her favorite piece, showing the history of cast iron, allowed her to further her casting metal talents and to use heavy iron within the sculpture. Many of her sculptures are from “found” objects that Alyssa transforms into art that can be treasured anew.

During high school, Alyssa is a 2014 graduate of Catoctin High School, she attended an A.P. art program at Thomas Johnson High School, where she was able to determine her artistic focus. In May, she completed her freshman year at Shepherd University, where she is studying art with a concentration in sculpture, of course.

“In college, art is taught from a basic level at first because they want you to make work that is visually interesting. Then, as you increase in the years, you work on the concept of your work. They give students simple tasks at first like combining two elements of art and creating great things,” Alyssa said. “I like when they give just enough instruction to go off of, then you make it visually awesome.”

She’s using materials such as iron, aluminum, and steel, and combining them with more fragile elements such as paper and natural wood. This is challenging and interesting.

Recently, Alyssa took a trip with Shepherd students through Europe to study art history and see some of the classics. While winding her way through London, Germany, France, Italy, and Greece, she attended a contemporary art show, she rode in a gondola, and she watched glass blowers. Her favorite part of the trip was seeing Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in person, in Florence, Italy. “It’s incredible to see pieces of art that you’ve looked up to your whole life,” expressed Alyssa.

When she finishes at Shepherd, Alyssa hopes to apply what she’s learned and artistically incorporate the knowledge within her sculptures with an architecture team, or she may work with a team of artists on bigger art projects.

Her parents, Laura and Jeff Imes, have been Alyssa’s biggest influence. She said, “Art is not a wealth-oriented career, at first it can be hard to set off on a prosperous path. My parents have always encouraged my art and allowed me to go to school for it.” She added, “My teachers are next. They encouraged me to always do better in art and to go to school for it. They gave me the confidence to accept art as the path I want to take.”

Alyssa is a true student of art, as she tells the story of how her sculptures came to be, she shares a deeper connection with each part of her sculptures because of what she learned creating it. The story is conveyed through each piece, with the combination and arrangement of the elements in the final look of each piece that gives it character.

Buck Reed, The Supermarket Gourmet

I was thinking about this month’s article when my three-year-old niece mentioned that July was her birthday; she informed me that she would be four this year. I like Gabrielle. I guess at that age it’s hard not to: she plays a good game of Uno, laughs at my magic tricks, and she is a pretty good eater. When I say pretty good eater, I mean she eats what is put in front of her. She keeps the fussing down to a minimum, and she can actually hold a conversation.

Teaching your kids how to cook is important. Why teach your kids how to cook? The easy answer is: So they can eat. A better answer would be that it is something that you can both take an interest in and even share with one another throughout your life.

The first place where a young person might get a good understanding of “results follow procedure” is in the kitchen. A practical application of math can be found there. For instance, it is one thing to go over multiplication problems in a classroom, yet it is quite different when you are doubling a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

The kitchen is also home to a whole new vocabulary for your little sprout. You would be surprised how quickly they can pick up terms like roll, pat, and vent, as well as the difference between macerate and marinate or bake and roast. Most likely, if they can relate to learning how to measure ingredients, follow steps in a recipe, and so on, they might find it easier to relate to other subjects.

Also, there are rules in cooking. Not only are there set rules for cooking and baking procedures, but there are safety rules as well. Learning and obeying these rules might give your child an edge in becoming a disciplined, well organized adult.

After you have spent some time preparing a meal with your youngster, take some time to sit down and eat with them. I know this sounds like a widespread idea, but The Supermarket Gourmet is sad to report that it is not. There are people out there who do not think sharing a meal with your loved one is a big deal.

In my last job of teaching, my boss actually made a rule that I was not allowed to sit down with my students and enjoy the meal we made together. I say there is a big difference between eating and dining. Eating can be done out of a can, standing over a sink; dining is a shared meal with good conversation and proper table manners. Thus, even if you don’t get to cook with your kids as much as you would like, at least take the time to eat with them.

When I say eat with them, that means turn off the television and put the cell phones down and relate to each other the old fashioned way: face to face.

How did I find out that Gabrielle’s birthday was in July? She told me over dinner.