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Rebecca LaChance of Rebecca LaChance Art & Photography has opened a studio at 5B East Main Street in Thurmont. This studio is not what you think it is. It is a special space where you can go to participate in a luxurious, artistic experience that is intended to uncover your true essence and personal story. Each client becomes a “model for a day.” The end result is a single photo, or selection of photos, that portray an artistically captured peek into your soul.

The experience starts when you meet with Rebecca for a consultation, during which, she will be on a mission to determine the scope of your project and develop her plan to create the most beautiful portrait of you that you’ve ever had. The next time you meet, you are truly the “model for the day,” complete with gown, professionally applied makeup, and professionally styled hair for your photo shoot. The shoot may take place in the studio or outside.

The photo shoot and all of these luxurious services lead up to the grand finale: the REVEAL!

“The end results are Captured Essence Portraits that display your deepest strengths. These will be treasured by family members for generations,” explained Rebecca.

Finally, the portraits that each customer selects will be printed by a master printer on fine paper and framed by a master framer for a gorgeous presentation.

A Thurmont resident, Rebecca came to the area twenty-five years ago because of military service. After practicing as a registered nurse and earning not only a Ph.D. in Health of the Community/Health Policy, but also a minor in Health Economics, she started her professional artist career as a painter and spent a number of years as a landscape photographer. Today, she finds her greatest pleasure in helping women, and sometimes men and children, feel good about themselves. She assures us, “Women are the same here as anywhere. I’m showing you the beautiful art that lies within you.”

In May, Rebecca will invite community members to take part in a photo walk. For the walk, it doesn’t matter whether you have a cell phone, point-and-shoot camera, or a fancy camera, she’ll teach you to use the camera to get the photos you want. She also offers business classes and mentoring for artists and photographers. Details will be shared when available.

It’s time to take part in your own lovely, luxury journey that culminates with you, a work of art. There’s more to see and learn with, and about, Rebecca LaChance. Visit her website at www.rebeccalachanceartphotography.com or call 240-203-7794 to schedule your consultation.

Rebecca LaChance opens Rebecca LaChance Art & Photography studio on Main Street in Thurmont

Deb Spalding

Few readers are unfamiliar with the Subway sub. Subway’s menu is easy to grasp and the process of creating each sub is custom, as each customer picks every part of the sub, from the bread to the meat, veggies, and condiments. Always yummy, Subway has improved the quality of their products one by one over the past few years in keeping with nutritional trends, as well as introducing new limited-time special flavor sub and salad options. There’s always something new at Subway, along with the option to build it your way.

“We have the biggest menu anywhere and great prices, but people are the most important part of our business,” expressed owner, Dean Biller. He shared that his customers are great and his staff members are like members of his family. His family that also includes his eleven-year-old daughter, who he claims rocks his world. “I have really good managers and staff who I value greatly. Happy crew means happy customers.”

Dean also operates a recording studio and plays bass in the band, Beyond Empty. They’ve played at the Ott House a few times. Emmitsburg Subway’s assistant manager, Ashley Maccabee, is a drummer in the band, as well as a drum instructor at the Let There Be Rock School in Frederick, Maryland. Beyond Empty plays a variety of music, ranging from Led Zeppelin to the Stone Temple Pilots.

Dean’s Subway adventure began when he, who resides in Westminster, Maryland, had his eyes open for a business opportunity. Formerly a Ford mechanic, Dean had been in food service since 1981, while working for Kraft. Dean and his wife and business partner, Lyn, noticed a Subway store for sale in Emmitsburg in late 2001, and, liking the franchise, decided to purchase the store soon after, in 2002. Emmitsburg Subway was previouly owned and operated by Terry Gladhill and her business partner Linda. They opened the store in 1997. Soon after taking over in Emmitsburg, the Billers planned a sister store in Thurmont. That location opened in 2005. About their Subway business venture, Dean said, “It’s been fun…it’s been challenging.”

Subway also caters. At the time of this interview, Dean and his team had just delivered four hundred subs for an event. “My focus is on the people and the value.”

Online, at subway.com, applications for employment and remote ordering can be found. The Emmitsburg and Thurmont Subway stores are open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fridays, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. The Emmitsburg Subway is located at 101 Silo Hill Road in the Silo Hill Shopping Strip; the Thurmont Subway is located at 224 North Church Street in the Thurmont Plaza Shopping Center.

Dean can be contacted directly by emailing catoctinsubway@yahoo.com, and he invites you to stop in for a sub.

See their spring specials in their advertisement on page 42.

Emmitsburg Subway staff members pictured from left are Kim Ruby, Josh Cornish, Dean Biller (owner), and Ashley Maccabee.

Although it is referred to as the Gettysburg casino, a newly proposed plan to place a racetrack and casino in Freedom Township would actually be closer to Emmitsburg than Gettysburg.

David LeVan, who has tried unsuccessfully twice before to put a casino in Adams County, has proposed a horse racetrack and casino called Mason-Dixon Downs at 4200 Emmitsburg Road. LeVan is an Adams County businessman who owns Battlefield Harley-Davidson, northeast of Gettysburg.

Besides gaming, the facility would also offer Standardbred harness racing. LeVan told the Gettysburg Times that Mason-Dixon Downs would be along the Mason-Dixon Line, less than a mile from the Emmitsburg Road. It is a 700-acre parcel that is 2.5 miles from the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center and 3.2 miles from Gettysburg National Military Park. He also told the newspaper that it would create hundreds of jobs.

In a press conference announcing the project, he said, “We’ve listened to those who were concerned about our previously proposed location. That’s why this project is located 2.5 miles further southeast, across a major highway and along the Maryland border.”

This also places the casino and racetrack closer to Emmitsburg. Mason-Dixon Downs could open as early as 2019.

Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs says that the people in town with whom he has spoken feel that the casino and racetrack would be a good thing for Emmitsburg.

“It’s speculative right now,” Briggs said “but the business people are very receptive to it. They feel if it did come about, it would have a positive effect on their businesses.”

Briggs said that although a portion of the property extends into Maryland, he doesn’t know if any state or county officials have been contacted about it, but town officials haven’t been. He believes that the project, if it happens, would have some impact on the town.

“We have 215 acres on the east side of U.S. Route 15,” Briggs said. “It could stimulate development there. That would be a good thing.”

In 2006, LeVan proposed placing a casino near the Route 15 and Route 30 intersection near his motorcycle business. It was rejected by the Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board, in part, because of its nearness to the Gettysburg Battlefield. In 2010, LeVan proposed a second location at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center. It was further away from the battlefield but about ten miles closer to Emmitsburg. The proposal was also denied.

LeVan will be applying for a category 1 gaming license, which is sometimes called a racino license. It allows racetracks to have up to 250 table games and 5,000 slot machines. Pennsylvania law allows for seven of these licenses. Six have been awarded so far.

For LeVan’s proposal, it would be a two-step process. The license was intended for existing racetracks, but allowances were made for new facilities. Mason-Dixon Downs would have to have hosted at 150 days of live racing by the second year of the license approval. However, Pennsylvania is currently considering softening this requirement.

It is expected that the project would benefit Hanover Shoe Farms near Littlestown, which is known for its breeding harness-racing horses.

This project is still in its early stages, and officials are waiting to see more details. The project already ran into its first delay when the Freedom Township Board of Supervisors failed to move the proposal forward to the planning commission until more details are received.

Another hold up (this one known beforehand) was that the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission needed to work out the application process for a harness racing track.

Tamara Manahan—devoted wife, homeschool teacher, and mother of five—shares how she plans to use an up-and-coming cosmetic technique to make a difference.

It was in the spring of 2016 when Tamara Manahan first heard about microblading, a form of tattooing that deposits pigment under the skin to mimic the stroke of eyebrow hairs. Unlike traditional tattooing, this is done using a handheld tool, which helps make eyebrows appear fuller and natural looking. When first introduced to microblading by a friend, Tamara was intrigued but didn’t give much thought to the technique otherwise.

Later that summer, Tamara found out that she would become a life-saving bone marrow donor for her father, who had been battling Lymphoma. In preparation for her surgery, Tamara spent time in the waiting rooms of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. It was here where she developed an awareness of how many people are affected by cancer and disease, and the number of people that experience hair loss due to the effects of chemotherapy. And while some patients do experience hair growth during recovery, some, unfortunately, do not. Coincidentally, earlier that month, the same friend had reached out to Tamara about a microblading workshop in Washington, D.C.—the first of its kind, locally. Though she initially did not plan to attend, Tamara realized she had an opportunity to make a difference. Driven by her desire to give back, she attended the training held by renowned European master artist, Dovile Zilinskaite, of Branko Babic’s PhiBrows Academy—the most prestigious microblading academy in the world.

“Helping others is deeply rooted in my heart,” expressed Tamara, “which is what has truly made the process worthwhile.” Currently, Tamara is completing the final level of her microblading certification, which is timed with the opening of her studio. On Fleek Brow Boutique is located at 12 N. Center Street in Thurmont, where Diane “Dee” Miller had her shop (Dee’s Hair Stylists) for forty years. A beloved member of the community, Dee passed away in September 2016 after battling ALS. As a longtime neighbor and family friend, Tamara plans to donate ten percent of her initial proceeds to the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter and Hospice of Frederick County in honor of Dee.

With this new venture, Tamara hopes to give back on a larger scale. “I believe that beauty is so much more than what we see when we look in the mirror. True beauty is reflected in the art of giving. I’m thrilled not only to be able to help people look and feel beautiful, but to give back with the hope of making a small difference in a world full of need.”

On Fleek Brow Boutique is set to open February 1, 2017, for scheduled consultations, with procedures beginning in March. For more information, please visit www.OnFleekBrowBoutique.com.

Tamara Manahan is shown in her studio, using microblading technique on a client.

Imagine having a wood stove where all you needed to do was add wood and throw in a match? The stove would then take things from there, getting the fire going and keeping the room where the stove is located at just the right temperature, as well as burning the wood so efficiently that there is only a tiny amount of ash left.

“We call our stove the Catalyst,” said Taylor Myers, a Catoctin High graduate and chief technical officer for MF Fire. “It’s the first automated wood stove. It uses a smart controller and automatically adjusts to optimize efficiency and cleanliness, and it’s easy to use.”

Myers and his business partner, Ryan Fisher, developed the idea for the Catalyst while they were attending University of Maryland College Park in the fall of 2012. Myers was studying fire protection engineering and decided to compete in the Alliance for Green Heat’s Wood Stove Decathlon that was held in Washington D. C. He and his partner put together a prototype of the Catalyst they called the Mulciber. They were the only student team competing in the Wood Stove Decathlon in 2013.

“We won the low-emission prize, and then the next year we won the grand prize,” said Myers.

After that success, Myers and Fisher knew they were onto something and needed to bring the stove to market. They teamed up with Paul LaPorte to develop a commercial model of the stove and create MF Fire.

The Catalyst can heat 2,000 square feet using standard cord wood, and it is a free-standing stove that can replace any existing stove. Future improvements might include a fireplace insert as well.

“New regulations are going to make 85 percent of the wood stoves on the market now illegal to sell after January 2020, but we’re already compliant with those new regulations,” stated Myers.

Testing showed that the Catalyst has only 0.2 gm per hour of particulate emissions, which is twenty times lower than the new EPA rules require. The Catalyst has a 99.5 percent combustion efficiency, which means that nearly all of the wood is consumed. This creates less smoke.

“We generate less than half the smoke of one cigarette,” explained Myers.

It also releases 30 percent less carbon dioxide than a traditional wood stove.

The Catalyst can be controlled from a computer or smartphone. You can remotely start your stove and have a warm house to come into after being outside.

“You load the wood in the stove, throw in a match, set the room temperature on your smartphone, and the stove takes care of the rest,” said Myers.

Although the company’s offices are in Baltimore, the stoves are manufactured in Smithsburg.

The U.S. Census estimates that 2.5 million homes heat with wood stoves, and the Catalyst may make the option attractive to even more households.

The first shipment of the Catalyst stoves is preparing to ship to customers who paid just under $5,000 for them.

To learn more about this new way to heat your home, visit the website at mffire.com.

Pictured from left to right are Ryan Fisher, Paul LaPorte,  and Taylor Myers

January 1, 2017, marked the 30th anniversary of the New Year’s Day Horse Sale at Eyler Stables in Thurmont. During this auction, anything to do with horses is auctioned or consigned, all day long. You can bid on or purchase new and used saddles, bridles, horses, hay, trailers, and just about anything you would need to care for a horse, to ride a horse, or to look good on a horse.

Since 1933, horse auctions have been held on the property known as Eyler Stables on Emmitsburg Road in Thurmont. Today, Niki Eyler, great-granddaughter of the stables’ founders, continues to manage the facility, which includes a weekly flea market and subcontracted horse and tack auctions.

Niki has managed the indoor and outdoor flea market every weekend—Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays—since she started that business as an alternative use on the property in October of 2014.

The New Year’s Day Horse Sale of 2017, specifically, enjoyed its 30th birthday on a mild and sunny day. While livestock trailers were auctioned in one field close to the stable, food vendors tempted the crowd with the aroma of grilled beef; tack was sold by vendors on the grounds; the indoor auction area was filled with people, tack, and saddles; and the horses were stabled or exercised in the ring out back to prepare for auction.

Niki could be found with her mother, Jody Eyler, at the sale counter in the indoor flea market. Niki manages the property in honor of her Eyler ancestors. Her dad, Albert Eyler, started the annual New Year’s Day Horse Auction at the stables and hosted it until his passing in 1999. Niki took over the event and hosted it until 2010. She now leases the event to auctioneer, Tim Smith, and Jim Roberts of RSD Livestock. While the annual New Year’s Day Horse Sale was the idea of her father, Niki’s paternal grandparents, Joe and Ruth Eyler, and great-grandfather, Harry Eyler, ran Eyler Stables with regularly scheduled horse auctions starting in 1933.

People from all over the mid-Atlantic, and beyond, attend the New Year’s Day Sale every year. It’s well known in the equestrian circles and, according to comments online, seems to offer a step up in the quality of the horse sold at auction in general.

“Now, there are other New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve horse auctions, but, this is the oldest one. When my dad started it, nobody else was doing it.” Niki explained. “These days, when horses are no longer necessary in our lives, there is still a market for the horse. They are purchased for recreational riding, showing, racing, and breeding purposes.”

For more information about Eyler Stables Flea Market, take a look on Facebook, call 301-471-5158, or stop by 141 Emmitsburg Road in Thurmont. For more information about Eyler Stables Horse Auctions, visit RSD Horse Auctions on Facebook or rsdhorseauctions.com.

This year’s Eyler Stables Horse Sale indoor auction is pictured. During each auction, tack and equipment is sold earlier in the day, then the horses are walked through the auction area to attract the highest bid.

cantori-levitationMichael Cantori (shown right, performing levitation) is a magician who performs astounding illusions right before your very eyes, for audiences of any size. He also lives in our local area. Whether he’s performing a venue with a full stage production, corporate events, colleges, a comfortable living room, or walk-around magic at festivals, Cantori presents the best in classic magic and mystery. He’s delighted congressman, senators, rock stars, royalty, and families with children.

Also billed as a Mentalist, newszap.com reviewed his show as, “Exceedingly entertaining, and… well, he’ll read your mind!”

Cantori finds the time to design and craft magical apparatus, which he has supplied to some of the finest illusionists in the world. He’s also written a few books that are available for purchase on his website.

Cantori lives with his wife, Cynthia, and his three youngest children. He enjoys playing guitar, martial arts, writing, and exploring the area with his family when he’s not creating his next illusion.

For a truly magical experience, call the Amazing Cantori at 410-961-5903  or email info@cantorimagic.com for your next event. See his advertisement on page 13 and visit his website at cantorimagic.com for more information and a partial, and extensive, list of clients.

Originally from Panama City, Florida, Jenny Snuffer, has lived in Thurmont for the past ten years. Her first professional career was that of a flight attendant. She left that profession to compete, full-time, in professional Barrell Racing. She worked the racing circuit for about ten years, while working as a bartender to make ends meet. You may have met her while she tended bar at the Ott House in Emmitsburg, or currently at the new Shuck n’ Shack in downtown Frederick.

With a barber for a father and beautician for an aunt, Jenny felt the pull of the personal beautification profession. Today, her main job is to make women feel pretty, more confident, and better about themselves, by enhancing and styling their eye lashes.

“Eyelashes enhance your natural beauty. I get a lot of gratification from helping people feel better about themselves,” expressed Jenny. “Once you have your eyelashes styled, you have to take care of them and pamper them. Just like your nails.”

Jenny is a certified eyelash stylist with Novalash. Novalash is USDA approved. She provides an affordable service for women in the area and works out of the Grace Kelly Salon in Gettysburg. Reference Jenny’s advertisement on page 4 for more information

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Pictured is Jenny Snuffer of Thurmont, a certified eyelash stylist with Novalash.

Alex Uphold’s State Farm Insurance Office has relocated to 31 Water Street, Suite A, in Thurmont. She is officially open for business in this brand new space. Stop by for an insurance quote today. Store hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Call 301-271-3113 for more information.

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Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird is shown (center left) along with other well-wishers at the official ribbon cutting for the opening of Alex Uphold’s (center right) new State Farm Insurance office location in Thurmont.

Summer Creek Farm, a USDA Certified Organic farm, located in Thurmont, announces the creation of a new business division: Monocacy Valley Mushrooms. Summer Creek has built a 200-square-foot environmentally controlled growing lab, and added Mycologist Anita Phillips with over twenty years’ experience in Mycology, to produce high quality Oyster Mushrooms for the mid-Atlantic region.

Using organic substrates grown by Summer Creek Farm, mushroom production has begun in small batch quantities, with the projection of 500 pounds of mushrooms a month by February 2017. Adhering to the traditional high-quality standards set by Summer Creek’s Organic Vegetable production, the Oyster Mushrooms will be sold fresh to many local high-end restaurants, as well as featured at the Common Market Co-Op and West Frederick Farmer’s Market.

Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are not only delicious, but incredibly nutritious. They’re low in sodium and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are also an excellent source of protein, up to thirty percent by dry weight! In addition, they provide a significant percentage of the RDA of thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc, and manganese, and are a great source of dietary fiber, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. Studies have shown that Vitamin D reduces inflammation in the body and retards the onset of diabetes, while the statins and lovastatins provided by the mushroom work to lower cholesterol.

Oyster mushrooms typically grow in subtropical regions and have a delicate, mild flavor when cooked. The combination of delightful flavor and exceptional nutrition make Oyster Mushrooms a valuable part of a healthy diet.

Summer Creek Farm is known for its high quality produce and organic soil-free greenhouse mixes. Celebrating its twenty-fifth year of operation, Summer Creek Farm has set the standard for many organic growers in the region.

For more information, visit www.summercreekfarm.com or www.facebook.com/summercreekfarm or www.facebook.com/monocayvalleymushroom.

article-poole-pv-on-houseThe Frederick County Solar Co-op has selected Sustainable Energy Systems to install solar panels for the growing sixty-one-member group. The Co-op’s Selection Committee selected Sustainable Energy Systems through a competitive bidding that included proposals from eleven firms. The co-op is open to new residential and small business members until February 28, 2017, and the group will hold its final public information session on January 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. By forming a group of interested buyers and selecting a single solar install that best meets the interest of the group, co-op members can receive lower prices as a result of economies of scale and reduced labor costs for business development and marketing.

“Sustainable Energy Systems offered the lowest price, met all the experience and capacity criteria, and had all the options co-op members expressed interest in, such as power purchase agreements, loan options, and battery back-up systems,” said Bonnie Griesemer, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member, who is helping to coordinate the co-op. “Plus, the Selection Committee liked the idea that we’d be using an installer right here in Frederick.”

“We at Sustainable Energy Systems are appreciative of the opportunity to continue our mission of providing affordable solar to homeowners,” stated Ryan Nicholson, sales manager at Sustainable Energy Systems. “We are even more excited for this opportunity because it is happening in our hometown of Frederick!”

Understanding all of the details of solar and solar financing can be confusing, but co-op members have the support of the group throughout the installation process. This allows members of the co-op to get their questions answered and feel confident that they’re getting a quality solar system. “I am excited to work with Sustainable Energy Systems and see how much I can save with my system,” said Jessica Arbuthnot, a member of the co-op. “I appreciate having the support of a group as I go through this process.”

MD SUN serves as the co-op’s consumer advocate. It educates residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helps them organize group installations, and helps strengthen Maryland’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. Through its parent organization, Community Power Network, MD SUN has helped facilitate the creation of solar co-ops throughout the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase or lease panels. The installer, Sustainable Energy Systems, will develop personalized proposals, including financing options, for each co-op member based on installation size. At that point, co-op members will be able to decide individually if going solar is right for them.

Similar co-ops in other Maryland counties have shown that residents saved up to 20 percent on solar installation through the program. Frederick County has seen success in similar programs, such as the Solarize Frederick Initiative, where sixty-six homeowners installed solar electric systems. Solarize participant Russ Poole of Thurmont was happy to see a new program being offered by the county, sharing his experience: “We originally investigated and decided on a solar PV system for two reasons: environmental and economical. Thurmont Municipal Power & Light allows excess production to be ‘banked’ for use in times of lower production. With the ‘banked’ electricity and the increased efficiency of our recent additions of insulation and geothermal, we are nearly ‘net zero’ in energy use and have significantly lowered our carbon footprint. The Solarize Committee vetted the installers for the Solarize Frederick County program so it was a no-brainer. The additional perks of lowered costs through bulk buying was icing on the cake.”

Local residents interested in learning more about home renewable energy can attend a workshop hosted by the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources at the Thurmont Regional Library on February 2, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. To register, contact Sustainability Program Coordinator Lisa Orr at Lorr@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

Frederick County residents, small businesses, and organizations such as churches can learn more about the co-op, register for, or watch a video of an information session, and join the co-op by visiting mdsun.org/frederick. Questions about the program can be directed to OSER’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member Bonnie Griesemer at BGriesemer@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

The Frederick County Solar Co-op is a special initiative under the Frederick County Green Homes Renewable Star Challenge. The Green Homes Challenge helps households reduce energy use and utility bills, adopt environmentally friendly practices, and use renewable energy. Interested readers can explore the Challenge at FrederickGreenChallenge.org.

Pivot Physical Therapy’s Emmitsburg clinic recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, a proud moment for the office and the employees, who have become a staple of the community.

The clinic has been at the same location, at 17750 Creamery Road, Suite B7 in Emmitsburg, the entire time. The two familiar faces, Carol Krietz, who works in the front office greeting patients, and Dawn Krietz, a physical therapy assistant, have been there since day one. Another employee has worked there for four years.

Being part of the community matters. Patients often need physical therapy while they are recovering from an injury, or they have some type of chronic discomfort. They are looking to return to health or regain as much pain-free movement as possible. As a result, they don’t want to travel far. They want to see a familiar face. They want the experience to be comfortable, so they can be comfortable.

Over the years, the Emmitsburg Pivot office has helped some 3,000 patients—a remarkable number and a testament to the quality of care the clinic provides.

In fact, this particular office provides several unique offerings, including geriatric functional screen, a wellness program, dry needling, a concussion program, FMS (Functional Movement Screen) testing, and more. Below are descriptions of two of the unique offerings at the Emmitsburg Pivot office.

Geriatric functional screen: This 15-item examination was created by the world-renowned Carol Lewis, a private practitioner and consulting clinical specialist for Pivot Physical Therapy, who received the highest honor bestowed by the American Physical Therapy Association: the Mary McMillan Lecturer Award. The screening tests an individual’s static and dynamic balance, posture, flexibility, and static and dynamic strength and endurance. Each of the tests is based on age-related norms established by Carol that can benchmark where the patient is functionally, and where they can improve.

Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a physical therapy technique that decreases pain in the muscles. This is a western medicine approach; it is not acupuncture. The goal, as musculoskeletal specialists, is to restore normal muscle and joint function. Importantly—and one of the reasons this clinic is of such importance to the local community—dry needling is not available across the state line in nearby Pennsylvania. Pivot’s Emmitsburg clinic is one of the few locations in the area that can do dry needling.

But being part of the community goes beyond just offering important services. The people in this clinic actively support community events. For example, team members have participated at the Emmitsburg Community Day, joined the Emmitsburg Health Fair, and collected money to wear jeans and pink for Breast Cancer in October.

The clinic also consistently treats patients from the local Mount St. Mary’s athletic teams. They even get into the team spirit, attending several Mount St. Mary’s games each year to support the school and athletes.

Pivot Physical Therapy’s Emmitsburg clinic is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the same location, and they look forward to being a part of the community (and serving members of the community) for at least ten more.

You may have noticed the new sign and name for Roddy Creek Automotive in Thurmont. It is now Complete Auto Diagnostics. Although the name is new, the faces you’ll see inside and the service you receive remain the same.

Former manager Rob “Champ” Brown, who is an ASE-certified mechanic with more than twenty-five years experience, is now the owner as of November 1.

“You can expect to get the best service that you have probably ever received at a quality price,” Brown said. “You will not get ripped off.”

Complete Auto Diagnostics can provide just about any service your car might need, from plugging a flat tire to taking care of the engine.

“We don’t really specialize since we can do just about everything for your car, but we have been told we are the best alignment shop around,” Brown said.

Complete Auto Diagnostics, located at 7702 Roddy Creek Road in Thurmont, is open 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. They will also stay late for customer pick-up if needed. You can reach them at 240-288-8320.

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Photo by Allison Rostad

Thurmont Business Bucks is a gift certificate program to encourage those seeking a gift to keep the money local. Thurmont Business Bucks is a gift certificate program that are sold at the Thurmont Town Office in increments of $25 and $50 certificates. When you purchase Thurmont Business Bucks gift certificates, you receive a booklet with over twenty-five local businesses, from which the certificates are redeemable. Businesses include hair salons, restaurants, car service, and retail. The goal is to keep the money in the community. Studies show that for every $100 spent at locally-owned independent businesses, $68 remained in the community, versus $43 for chain stores. When you spend dollars locally, they are spent again in the local economy, another five to seven times, creating the multiplier effect. Local businesses are financially invested in your community’s future, contribute to a lower tax base for residents, and are a life line to non-profit organizations. Did you know non-profit organizations receive an average of 250 percent more support from smaller locally owned business owners than they do from large businesses? Thurmont Business Bucks makes the perfect gift, not only at Christmas, but all year long. View the advertisement on page 20.