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DECEMBER 2016 | Vol. 21 | Issue 12 | Mail Run: 8,499 | Total Print Run: 11,500

The Catoctin Your Good News Community Newspaper, Serving Northern Frederick County, MD Since 1995

Home for the Holidays Photos by Anita DiGregory

Anita DiGregory shared fond memories of the fresh on Main Street, new everyone works together to get it
With a chill in the air, twinkling pine swag decorations that were decorations had done in a timely manner, and in the
lights illuminating shops and homes, created by ladies in Emmitsburg for to be purchased. end, it is all worth it.” In addition
and decorations going up all over many years. That annual project In an effort to to all of their other responsibilities
town, it’s beginning to look a lot like was spearheaded by the late Ann spread the cost within town, the electric department
Christmas in the Catoctin area. Dingle in cooperation with the town. over a three-year staff must hang all the decorations.
The town of Emmitsburg It received much acclaim. Perhaps period, the town This task includes checking all the
started decorating for the holidays their memories will spark a new opted to purchase bulbs and replacing dead bulbs.
with wreaths the week before generation of the project. and introduce Although the task may sound
Thanksgiving. They added new the decorations overwhelming at times, Hodges
garland around the square this year, The town of Thurmont started over time. The new stated, “It is a great thing, very
and, of course, the annual Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving decorations, which included garland rewarding knowing everyone and all
Tree adorns the bank corner on the as well. The Electric Department, and wreaths, were introduced last the kids enjoy it!”
square. Three of Emmitsburg’s Public comprised of four employees, year. Of the 62 new streetlights,
Works crew—Chris Wantz, Darrell was tasked with hanging all the 48 now are complete with the new Although the decorations were
Lambright, and Davy Wantz Jr.—put decorations and lights in Thurmont. decorations. The angels, which hung before Thanksgiving, the
up the decorations. Davy Wantz said, According to Chief Administrative had been used with the old, taller lights (minus those on the town
“Some people were asking why we Officer Jim Humerick, it takes streetlights, have been moved to the Christmas tree), were not scheduled
were putting the decorations up so approximately 240 man hours Thurmont Community Park. “Last to be lit until the first Saturday after
early. I told them we wanted to get it over the span of a week and a year was the first year the angels Thanksgiving. In addition to our
done while the weather was good.” half to get everything decorated were relocated to Community Park,
Emmitsburg residents, Bev Adams, for the holidays. With last year’s and the community really liked … Continued on page 19
Frankie Fields, and Audrey Glass introduction of the new streetlights it. It makes a nice ambience for
Christmas,” stated Humerick.

For several years, Thurmont
Electric Supervisor Gary Hodges has
been part of the staff charged with
decorating Thurmont. Having been
with the town for ten years, Hodges
happily added, “There is never
a dull moment when decorating
for Christmas in Thurmont. But

Fires on the Mountain
Deb Spalding

A fire above
Thurmont, between
Route 550 and
Kelbaugh Road,
consumed seven acres
on Sunday, November
20, 2016. The fire
Timeless Trends Boutique in Thurmont gets “decked out” for the holidays. started around 2:00

p.m., was contained
by 5:00 p.m., and fully
extinguished by 8:00
p.m. It was started by
Photo by Donna Sweeney

EDDM downed power lines.
Ironically a new fire broke out around 1:00 a.m. the following morning

U.S.POSTAGE near the same area. It is believed that the second fire started when a spark

ECRWSS from the first fire was carried by the wind to the new location.
Initially, Thurmont’s Guardian Hose Company responded to the

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