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Published by                                       The Catoctin Banner Newspaper                                     October  2017            Page 5
             F r o m  the  M a y o r                As you may have noticed, the        F r o m  the  M a y o r

                        Thurmont                  trolley trail has been blacktopped              Emmitsburg                 Hall student dining area. My part
                                                  and new bollards installed at the                                          was to read the Preamble of The
                      Mayor John Kinnaird         intersections. This is an amazing                Mayor Don Briggs          Constitution.
                                                  improvement to the trail and will                                             Libby and I attended the Town
              October brings a lot of             allow all residents to utilize the      With a blink, the cascade of       EBPA-sponsored breakfast for town
            activity to Thurmont! The month       trail, including those in wheelchairs   fall sports, activities, programs,   businesses (forty-five businesses)
            of October is Breast Cancer           or walkers. If you have not been     and the 61  Annual Thurmont &         and the Mother Seton School
            awareness month, and Thurmont         on the trail recently, be sure to    Emmitsburg Community Show             grandparent’s day.
            is participating with our Annual      take a walk and check out the        were all seamlessly underway to          As mentioned last month,
            Gateway to the Cure Fundraiser.       improvements!                        the all-too-quiet and assuring        coming up is the 36  Annual
            During the entire month, residents      We recently installed crosswalk    backdrop of Catoctin Mountain         National Fallen Firefighters
            are encouraged to burn pink light     warning signs on several crossings   and the proud fall crops below.       Memorial Weekend, held
            bulbs in their porch lights to        on East Main Street, Frederick       Unseen in the alchemy were the        October 7-8, 2017. As in the
            show support for this effort. Pink    Road, Poplar Avenue, and Moser       months of behind-the-scenes           past, thousands of people will be
            bulbs are available at ACE and        Road. These are bright yellow        work by administrators, teachers,     visiting our town. It is an honor
            Hobbs Hardware. The 3rd Annual        signs, placed in the center of       coaches, students, and volunteers.    to be a part of this tribute, so let’s
            Gateway to the Cure 5K will be        the road, to remind drivers that     Congratulations and thank you.        welcome all. For a schedule of
            held on Saturday, October 21,         they are required to STOP for        All is vibrant and exciting. It’s no   events, Google “National Fallen
            beginning at 8:00 a.m., at Eyler      pedestrians in the crosswalks. Since   wonder Catoctin High School,        Firefighters Memorial Weekend.”
            Road Park. Be sure to come out        the installation, I have noticed that   for the fifth time, received the      Mark your calendar and
            to participate or to cheer on all     many more drivers are extending      Maryland “Character Education”        follow up for details on the town
            the walkers and runners. Many         the right of way to pedestrians.     award. If that wasn’t enough, the     website for Emmitsburg’s Annual
            local businesses will be running        I recently attended the Spirit     school was also recognized for        Halloween Parade and Party
            specials this month, with a portion   Ride ceremony at the GHC             its sportsmanship of not only its     at Vigilant Hose on Tuesday,
            of the sales being donated to the     Carnival Grounds. This event is      teams but also its fans— students,    October 31. The parade will start
            cause. Help make this a successful    meant to draw attention to the       families, and friends.                at 7:00 p.m. The annual event is
            fundraising event by making a         nationwide Slow Down, Pull Over         With the exciting reality of       sponsored by local businesses and
            donation at the Town Office. All      laws, now adopted by all 50 States.   the school events, to our youth in   organizations.
            proceeds from this month-long         There are over 100 deaths per        action also came a somber reality.       There are many community
            program are going to help the Patty   year on our roadways involving       Almost unnoticed is the suffering     project updates. Pool construction
            Hurwitz Fund at FMH.                  first responders, tow truck drivers,   in other parts of the country hit by   is back on track and steadily
              Colorfest is fast approaching       and public works employees.          Harvey and Irma. There they were,     progressing. The Square
            and will be held October 14-15.       These workers are assisting          back and forth to the locations hit,   revitalization and sidewalk project
            As always, yard sales will be a       with accidents, fires, medical       from the different states, moving     is moving at a good pace (weather
            draw for Thursday and Friday,         emergencies, vehicle break-downs,    south along US Rt. 15, the caravans   permitting), along the south side
            October 12-13. The big days           and public service calls; they       of power company trucks with          of East Main Street. We were not
            are Saturday and Sunday, and          deserve your full attention as you   their boom lifts—solemn, sobering     awarded the second grant for the
            with good weather, we could be        pass by them. The law requires that   processions.                         Dog Park, so we are in need of
            hosting upwards of 50,000 or          you Slow Down when approaching          The Seton Center held its          donations. With the site cleared, we
            more visitors each day. Be sure to    emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and   third “Getting Ahead” program        will probably install the perimeter
            visit all the craft areas and enjoy   service vehicles working at the side   graduation, with six program        fence this fall. Flat Run Bridge has
            the good times, amazing crafts,       of the road and, if possible, Move   participants. Congratulations.        seen slow, difficult work around a
            delicious food, and friendly crowds   Over one lane. One death is one too   The program centers on making        Chesapeake Bay feeder. The State
            of Colorfest! Be on the lookout       many for our first responders; let’s   participants aware of the different   Highway Administration is working
            for some new parking restrictions     make our roads safe for these brave   resources available to them to       with their contractor about the
            and be careful driving through        men and women as they assist         enhance their lives.                  location of town water line.
            Thurmont on Colorfest weekend.        others.                                 If you are looking for a job or       Go, Catoctin High School and
              Town Elections will be held on        Questions, suggestions or          an employer looking for workers,      Catoctin Youth Organization
            October 31, 2017. Three positions     comments? You can call me at 301-    mark your calendar for the Seton      teams, coaches, and supporters!
            are up for election this year: two    606-9458 or drop me an email at      Center “Job Fair” on Tuesday,            “Emmitsburg, a great place to
            commissioner seats and the mayor. I hope       October 9, 2017, from 1:00-4:00       live.”
            Be sure to come out and vote for      everyone has a safe and healthy      p.m. Another opportunity to get
            the candidates of your choice on      October.                             ahead. Call Missy Miller at 301-
            Tuesday, October 31, at the GHC                                            447-6012 ext. 11 or 12.
            important dates: October 3 is the                                     Sustainability and Environmental
            Activities Building, from 7:00
                                                                                          Frederick County Office of
            a.m.-8:00 p.m. Remember these
            last day to register to vote, absentee                                     Resources Program Coordinator
                                                                                       Lisa Orr made a presentation to
            ballot applications will be available                               the town green team. Lots of good
            on October 6, and the Election                                             information on how the town can
            will be held at the GHC Activities                                         make residents aware of more
            Building on October 31. Remember,            innovative ways to reduce their
            your vote counts, so be sure to                                  home energy costs was provided.
            come out and cast your vote for the       301-271-2247                     Soon, we hope to be posting
            candidates of your choice. Let’s get                                       information on new programs on
            as many registered voters out as             the town website and Facebook.
            possible!                                                                     On September 18, I had the
                                                      October Special                  privilege to be a part the “U.S.
                                                      French Manicure
             S u ppor t Y ou r Commu n i ty!                       Constitution Day Celebration” that
                                                       $2 OFF Manicure
                     P ratronize your local                  the Mount St. Mary’s University
                                                   13 Water Street in Thurmont         Office of the Institute of Leadership
                                                    13 Water Street in Thurmont
                         businesses.                                                   (iLead) program held in the Patriot
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