Come out to Meghan & Billie Jo’s Craft-Vendor Event on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Francis Scott Key Post 11 American Legion in Frederick. Over forty vendors, amazing door prizes, and more! View the advertisement on page 6 for more information.

Come and shake off the winter blues on April 1, 2017, with the Rock N Roll Relics band! The Emmitsburg Lions Club is sponsoring an evening of music and dancing at the Emmitsburg Ambulance Facility on Creamery Road, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight. View the advertisement on page 11 for more information.

Mark your calendars for Thurmont Main Street Matinees on the following dates: March 11—Grumpy Old Men; March 25—Max – The Marine Dog. Free Matinees, with free popcorn, will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Main Street Center. Also, come play some Frederick County Trivial Pursuit at Game Night on Friday, March 17, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual His Place Car Show on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Event features raffle, door prizes, food, music, and more. Three awards each for five categories: cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, and tuner cars. View the advertisement on page 30 for more information.

A Meat Raffle will be held on March 10, 2017, at the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Raffle benefits Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. View the advertisement on page 39 for more information.

This year’s Thurmont Business Showcase will be held Saturday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at the newly-opened Thurmont Ambulance Company Event Complex. The Thurmont Business Showcase is the perfect event for businesses and organizations to connect with residents and customers! Any business located within the 21788, 21778, 21780, and 21798 zip codes, plus any business located in Lewistown, is permitted to participate.

A new addition, the Thurmont Ambulance Company will be selling food, along with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, during the Business Showcase. No selling is permitted by businesses, but non-profits may sell. The Complex has a large stage, and is an ideal setting for any business that would like to perform a demonstration that is representative of your business.

You may sponsor the Thurmont Business Showcase: Gold Sponsorship costs $250 and includes as many tables as you need, a plaque, and your business name on all advertising for the event and frontage space at the venue; Silver Sponsorship is $150 and includes one table, a plaque, and your business name on all advertising for the event.

Space reservations are $40.00 per table (provided). Spring brings new growth of blossoms, and April 22 brings opportunity at the Thurmont Business Showcase! Call Thurmont’s Economic Development Manager Vickie Grinder at 240-626-9980 or vgrinder@thurmontstaff.com or Showcase Event Chairman Dr. John Hagemann at jhagemann@centeroflife.us for more information.

The Thurmont Lions Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Thurmont Senior Center, located at 806 E. Main Street in Thurmont, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Thurmont Lions Club, to schedule an appointment.

Besides a Catholic Saint who once lived here, Emmitsburg has a famous riflemaker in its history, as well as other artisans. It’s a town heritage that Town Planner Sue Cipperly would like to see developed in the future.

Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs and Cipperly told the Emmitsburg Commissioners that an effort was underway to find a place where a statue of riflemaker John Armstrong could be placed. Artist Gary Casteel has expressed an interest in creating the statue.

Armstrong is most famous for the variation of the Kentucky long rifle. His rifles are highly sought-after collector’s items today. However, he is not the only artisan or famous person to come through Emmitsburg.

The Eyster Family had a number of notable clockmakers, and John Hoover was also known for the clocks he made. One of them can be seen in the Maryland Room of the C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick. George Miles, author of the unofficial Confederate National Anthem, came from the town, as well as Stanley Krebs, a noted psychologist. Then there are the authors, artists, and notable graduates from Mount St. Mary’s.

“I would love to try and showcase more of the earlier history of Emmitsburg,” Cipperly said. She said that occasionally people bring artifacts and other pieces of Emmitsburg history into the town office, hoping to find more information about them. “We have a lot of people who know quite a bit about the history of the town.”

While there are already established sites in Emmitsburg connected with its religious history, Cipperly would like to see other areas developed. Depending on what is developed, a walking tour through town could be put together that includes the Elizabeth Ann Seton sites, fire museum, and other significant points of interest.

“There’s not a lot of towns our size that have the amount of history that we have,” said Cipperly.

While the developing Emmitsburg’s cultural history is on her radar, it is not something to pursue in the immediate future. The town has major projects ongoing with the Route 140 bridge, sidewalks, and town square going on right now.

Christine Maccabee

Everyone loves flowers, and who doesn’t love seeing young children having fun with milkweed fluff (shown right)? Fun was mixed with work in February, when members of the Green Team and their children spread wildflower seeds in the wild area along Woodside Drive. Last year, many beautiful flowers bloomed there during the spring, summer, and even into the fall. The tallest flowers were already there naturally, and those along with our seeding project  provided not only beauty for people, but essential nectar and pollen for pollinators and seeds for birds. There are even cattails in the ditch!

This year, the project is continuing. A mixture of twenty other wild native seeds had been previously mixed with fine play sand for better distribution over a large area. This mixture was put in multiple buckets and then distributed by adults and children over areas not seeded last year. It was a cold February day, but everyone had the right attitude, and the distribution went smoothly. Once that work was finished, Cindy Poole led the children in the fun of letting milkweed seeds and fluff fly!

Participants that day were Amie and Charlie McDaniels, Marilyn Worsham, Nova and Ily Rothrock, Cindy Poole, and Christine Maccabee.

The Green Team also has a Community Garden with plots for anyone interested in growing their own vegetables. Get in touch with Jhumerick@thurmontstaff.com.

The Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department held its annual banquet to recognize its members and to install its new officers on Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the department banquet hall in Lewistown.

The members and other guests recalled the fun that they had in serving the community in 2016. The company had a busy year, with 415 fire calls and 380 EMS calls, but the Lewistown VFD members had turned out to help.

“Without these guys, this would not have been possible,” said Fogle.

In recognizing the top ten fire and EMS responders, many of the same names appear again and again, demonstrating the dedication of these members. In fact, the top two responders in both categories were a husband and wife team that competed for the top spot.

The top ten fire responders for 2016 were: Wayne Wachter (125 calls), Beth Wachter (117 calls), Wayne Stull (116 calls), Steve Stull (95 calls), Donald Martin (90 calls), Michael Fogle (89 calls), Frani Wachter (84 calls), Mike Stull (80 calls), Vicky Martin (72 calls), and Vince Schrader (59 calls).

The top ten EMS responders were: Beth Wachter (157 calls), Wayne Wachter (156 calls), Wayne Stull (143 calls), Stephanie Wachter (127 calls), Michael Fogle (69 calls), Brianna Wachter (66 calls), Steve Stull (55 calls), Frani Wachter (53 calls), Vicky Martin (44 calls), Vince Schrader (44 calls), and Mike Stull (35 calls).

After the catered dinner, the members enjoyed a good laugh at their own expense as Steve Stull handed out the Oopsy Awards. Stull called them a “celebration of the human condition, and, boy, were you guys human this year.” The awards recognized members for getting vehicles stuck, running over a skunk, driving down U.S. Route 15 with their gear on the hood of the engine, and chewing up a mat with a snowblower.

Frederick County Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Chip Jewell swore in the new company officers.

Line Officers: Chief Wayne Wachter, Jr.; Deputy Chief Vicky Martin; and Assistant Chief Scott Martin.

Administrative Officers: President Donald Stull, Jr.; Vice President Chuck Jenkins; Secretary Karen Stull; Assistant Secretary Mary Frances Bostian; Treasurer Lena Stull; and Assistant Treasurer Lisa Monday.

Board of Directors: Paul Stull, Donald Martin, Scott Martin, Scott Stonesifer, Steve Stull, and Shawn Wetzel.

The company also remembered the members it lost in 2016 with a bell-ringing and candle-lighting ceremony. The members who passed away were: past chief Raymond Stull, Jr.; Rose Marie Williar Powell; Eve Ziglar; Janet Marsh; and Joseph Linton.

The company has been proudly serving Lewistown, Utica, and Mountaindale since 1970. That was the year Company 22 was formed and housed on Hessong Bridge Road. The first meeting was held on June 3, 1970, and the company purchased Engine 222 in August for $1,800. It was the first diesel engine in the county.

 

Lewistown VFD new administrative officers: Secretary Karen Stull, Assistant Secretary Mary Frances Bostian, Treasurer Lena Stull, and President Donald Stull, Jr.

Lewistown VFD new line officers: Deputy Chief Vicky Martin, Assistant Chief Scott Martin, and Chief Wayne Wachter, Jr.

Photos by James Rada, Jr.

Grace Eyler

On January 26, 2017, Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company (VFC) members and their families came together to reminisce and recognize their achievements from the previous year. The banquet was held at the New Midway Volunteer Fire Company.

Rocky Ridge VFC President Dale Kline began his review of 2016 by recognizing the members who passed away in the previous year, and called upon Pat Riggs to join him to lead a memorial prayer.

Betty Brown, born on September 27, 1933, was the last surviving charter member of the Rocky Ridge Fire Company’s Auxiliary that began in 1955. She spent her time serving food to participants at the “Penny Bingo Games.”  Through the years, Betty helped with banquets, dinners and the carnival. She passed on July 20, 2016, at the age of eighty-three.

Edna “Libby” Myers grew up in the Creagerstown area, but spent much of her time in Rocky Ridge. She operated her own hair salon, “Libby’s,” out of her home, located next to the fire company. Libby joined the Auxiliary in 1969, and became a member of the fire company in 1984. Libby even volunteered her time in-between appointments at the salon. She made homemade goods for dinners, banquets, and the carnival, but was most known for her “Chocolate Pudding Pie, made from scratch.” In 2008, she was recognized as an honorary member of the Auxiliary. She passed on December 18, 2016, at the age of ninety-four.

After Pat’s touching speech and memorial prayer, Pr. Jim was welcomed to provide a memorium.

President Kline then spoke proudly about the company, “This company has been in service for sixty-seven consecutive years, serving the Rocky Ridge community and surrounding areas very well.” He spoke about the many activities the company hosts each year, including the annual carnival; country butchering; Ridgefest; a Halloween party; and a community favorite, Santa’s Detail. Smaller benefits include bingos and gun raffles on a more frequent basis.

President Kline gave special recognition to the butchering volunteers. “I used to think these guys were doing it to be helpful, now I understand they come over just to eat!” he said with a smile and the entire audience laughed, admitting that he had been there to eat, too, and, “It is very, very good.” For this year’s butchering, they expect at least five hundred people to pass through for fresh meats and breakfast line.

Kline recognized Company 10 members who weren’t in attendance as fill-in for Rocky Ridge. He also recognized the Maryland State Fire Association, calling upon President Mike Davis to introduce his table. Also in attendance was Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. Gardner said, “You really exemplify the idea of people helping people… you save the tax payers of Frederick County a lot of money through volunteerism and fundraising.” Also in attendance were Frederick County Councilmen Bud Otis and Kirby Delauter.

President Kline invited the President of the Auxiliary, Betty Ann Mumma, up to join him. “It’s just so good, as we all support each other and everything pretty much works out in the end. We are fraternal friends, and I think that is all that matters in this life,” said Mumma. She then presented Kline with a check in the amount of $20,000 from their fundraising efforts in 2016.

Linda Northrup and Bonny Hurley came forth to provide 2016’s awards. The first award presented was “Outstanding Junior Award.” The ladies mentioned that before this person became a volunteer for the company, she was already volunteering her time every Saturday night at Bingo. The award was presented to Brianna Kaas, who volunteered 64 hours of her time at various activities in 2016.

Next, the “Charles Mumma Firefighter of the Year Award” was presented to Paulette Mathias, who has been a member of the company since 1984. She was recognized for her work on several different committees, helping with the annual butchering, Holiday House Tour, and spaghetti dinners.

The “Robert Albaugh Outstanding Volunteer Award” was established because Robert loved all components of the fire company. In order to receive this award, a volunteer must be a member for at least three years and also work off of LOSAP system. This year’s recipient has been a member since 1994 and treasurer of the auxiliary since 1972. Having donated 382 hours during 2016, Betty Lee Mumma received the once-in-a-lifetime award.

Ronnie Eyler was presented the “Honorary Member Award.” He has volunteered for thirty years with the company, serving in many committees, as well as serving a previous vice president for the company. Ronnie, being a recognized driver for the company, has even been privileged to utilize the Model A Fire Truck.

Vice President Denny Mathias and Secretary Paulette Mathias presented the Five-Year Pin awards to: (5 years) Jerry Free and Steve Myers; (10 years) Franklin Free, Robert Free, and John Reese; (15 years) Debbie Eyler and Patsy Wetzel; Shirley Brown, Robbie Eyler, Jamison Mathias, Theresa Kaas, Clarence White, and Wilton Smith (20 Years); Tom Myerly (30 Years); James Willard and James Glass (40 Years); and Barry Burrier (45 Years).

Luke Humerick presented awards to the Junior Fire Company for volunteer hours. Humerick stated, “They’re a bunch of hard working kids; they are willing to help whenever we ask. We couldn’t ask for a better group to jump in and give a hand.” Those recognized were: Jolene Mathias (21 hours), Jacob Dolly (28 hours), Josie Kaas (55 hours), Breezy Combs (88 hours), Brianna Kaas (64 hours), Wayne Lewis (61 hours), Heather Hurley (54.5 hours), Robert Albaugh (57 hours), Hunter Hurley (43 hours), and William Kaas (38.5 hours). The tiniest of the junior company, Devin and Blake Youngermen, recieved an award as well.

Chief Alan Hurley provided company statistics and presented this year’s Chief Award. “This year, I started a little something to recognize our top ten firefighters.” He recognized Matt Moser (178 calls), Alan Hurley (155 calls), Bonny Hurley (140 calls), Christina Hurley (134 calls), Luke Humerick Jr. (99 calls), Kevin Albaugh (97 calls), Leon Stover Jr. (95 calls), Kerri Gasior (77 calls), Craig Hovermale (58 calls), and Wesley Burrier (53 calls). Steve Orndorff was recognized for being Top Responder for the Fire Police. The all-volunteer fire company tended to 233 emergency calls, totaling 1,300 volunteer hours over the year. The highest volume of calls occurred on Thursdays (a total of 38) and the busiest month for the company was November, with 31 calls.

President Dale Kline closed the ceremony by presenting the President’s Award. Dale reminisced about working with the recipient of the award for forty-five years. He said, “When I was nineteen, he [recipient, Dennis Mathias] was probably twelve or thirteen and was already on the fire trucks, learning how to pump water and so forth.” Kline then asked for Vice President Dennis Mathias to stand. Kline recognized that Dennis’ family, from parents down to grandchildren, have volunteered their time with the company.

Rocky Ridge’s Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new recruits, however, it’s very clear that instead of joining a company, it’s really a family of volunteers working together for the greater good of Rocky Ridge.

 

(left) President Dale Kline presents Vice President Denny Mathias with this year’s President Award.

(below) President Dale Kline receives a check from President of Ladies Auxiliary, Betty Ann Mumma, in the amount of $15,000.

Photos by Grace Eyler