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The annual EHS Alumni Reunion Banquet was held on Saturday, October 15, at the Emmitsburg Fire and Ambulance Building. Alan Brauer, Class of 1964 president, welcomed the 150 guests. Bill Wivell, Class of 1966, gave the invocation and blessing. Dinner was served by Keystone Restaurant. All military, doctors, nurses, first responders, public safety officials, and teachers were recognized.

 Vickie Valentine Frushour, Class of 1971 scholarship secretary, introduced the four scholarship winners. Two recipients, Max Bingman and Wyatt Davis, expressed their appreciation for the financial gift. Max is a junior at West Virginia University, pursuing a career in neuroscience. Wyatt is a freshman at Shippensburg University, studying mechanical engineering. Becky Chaney spoke on behalf of her twin daughters, Rianna and Sheridan, who are attending colleges in Oklahoma and Kansas, respectively. Both are interested in careers in agricultural communications. It was rewarding to see such fine young students receiving the scholarships.

Reports were given by Secretary Connie Baker Fisher and Treasurer Sam Valentine, both from the Class of 1964. Historian Joyce Meadows Bruchey, Class of 1962, shared the 100th anniversary event of the high school building, which was organized by Penny Stockton of the Frederick County Public Library staff. The celebration was held on September 15. Mayor Donald Briggs, FCPL Media Specialist Sheila McDuff, and County Executive Jan Gardner gave brief remarks. A ribbon-cutting of the road side sign about the high school was done by Mayor Briggs. EHS memorabilia was displayed in the activities room and the library.

Honored classes were recognized by Joyce Bruchey, who shared information about each class. Robert Gillelan and Mary Fiery were present from the Class of 1947. They were voted most athletic by their classmates. Each won top spots in 6 out of 16 categories. The FFA won state and national honors for their FFA programs. Their school assemblies started with a Bible reading, the Lord’s Prayer, salute to the flag, and the singing of “The Star- Spangled Banner.” Robert Gillelan won the $25.00 gift card. He also won the Shaklee basket, donated by Jeanne Sharrer Angleberger, Class of 1962.

The Class of 1952 had 15 graduates, including a German student. The group was the first class to graduate in the new auditorium/gymnasium addition. Miss Fiery began her teaching career at her alma mater. George Springer went to the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. The fire department scheduled a fire drill during a basketball game! Willam Umbel won the gift card.

The Class of 1957 had 18 graduates, only 4 were girls. This was the year a community college was established after school hours and on Saturdays at Frederick High School (tuition $150). It was also the first-time consolidation with Thurmont High was mentioned. Graduation was on June 14. The community was busy preparing for its bicentennial celebration, including a pageant called “Valley Echoes.” The $25.00 gift card was won by Barbara Naill Copenhaver.

The Class of 1962 had 28 graduates, like the Class of 1947. The girls’ hockey team placed second in the county. The boys’ soccer team was the county champs. EHS Liners won the district basketball championship. They went on to state class C championship and lost to Poolesville. Both the soccer and basketball teams were coached by John Horine. The seniors went on a class trip to the Catskills. Jeannie Sharrer Angleberger was May Queen. This was the year when Route 15 was identified as the most dangerous road in Frederick County. There was a big snowstorm that winter and the schools were closed for a week. The gift card was won by Dennis McGlaughlin.

The Class of 1967 was the next to last class to graduate from Emmitsburg High. Linda Keilholtz Umbel was May Queen, exactly 30 years after her mother had been May Queen in 1937. All the senior girls were in the May court. This was the first year that the yearbook staff was composed of other grades besides the seniors, and a designated class period was set aside for the staff to meet rather than after school. This was the fourth year that EHS Liners soccer team placed second in soccer, scoring over twice as many points as their opponents. Coach George Kuhn was the soccer coach. He also started the school’s first JV soccer team. The school finally offered typing classes. Joyce Kline Philpott won the $25.00 gift card.

Phyllis Chatlos Kelly, Class of1965, read the names of deceased members from the last year. A memorial station to them had been set up. Pres. Brauer thanked people who helped make the evening successful: Robert Black from Catoctin Mountain Orchards for apples for each honored class member; Pam Ellison from Vigilant Hose Company; bartenders Wanda Valentine, Tina Sayler King, and Connie Burrier, Class of 1968; and Keystone Restaurant.

The National FFA convention is held every year and attracts FFA members from every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. The 95th National FFA Convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 26-October 29. While at the convention, 18 Catoctin FFA members joined over 60,700 other FFA members and guests from across our nation. The National FFA Convention and Expo is one of the largest student conventions in the world, with a mission to develop, educate, and inspire. Throughout the week, members were able to participate in sessions, contests, workshops, and a career expo.

The chapter made several industry stops on the way to Indianapolis. They visited the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY; Niagara Falls in NY; the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, OH; United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH; and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Members competed in Career Development Events/Leadership Development Events, more often referred to as CDEs and LDEs. To complete a CDE/LDE, each team or individual contestant extensively learned their subject and rehearsed their task in preparation for state convention. Every state gets to send one winning team per CDE/LDE to advance to nationals. This year, Catoctin FFA’s Agricultural Issues, Agricultural Sales, Livestock Evaluation, Marketing Plan teams advanced to nationals. We also had a member participate in the Extemporaneous Speaking LDE. Two teams had to complete a portion of their contest virtually before going to Indianapolis.

A special thanks to the chaperones: Mary Ellen Clark, Ann Costa, Matt Dellinger, Robert and Stephanie (Moreland) Hahn, Michael Poffenberger, and Carrie Wolf.

Five chapters in Maryland were recognized at this year’s convention. This is based on an application the chapter completes to showcase some of their activities throughout the year. To qualify for the award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities—one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions. Catoctin was one of five eligible chapters from Maryland and was recognized nationally as a 2-star chapter.

Less than one percent of FFA members receive the prestigious American FFA Degree. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program, and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program. This year, Catoctin FFA had two members receive this highest honor: Abby Kinnaird and Sierra Weatherly.

Catoctin FFA would like to thank everyone for all of the support in helping them to participate in the 95th National FFA Convention. The students have gained skills and memories that will last a lifetime.

Twin sisters Emma Simmons and Sarah Simmons both won awards at the Society for Science’s Broadcom MASTERS STEM competition held in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center on November 1, 2022.

Emma was the recipient of an Engineering Award, and Sarah was given the “Rising Star” Award for Science and Engineering. Emma and Sarah are 13 years old and in eighth grade at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg.

The twin sisters engineered the “Portable Bronchodilator System for Equine Respiratory Disease,” a portable method to dispense asthma medication to horses.

The Simmons twins were the sole representatives from Maryland at the national STEM competition.

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Catoctin Cross Country has made huge strides in just a short time.

Since taking over just a season ago, head coach David Lillard has put together an impressive turnaround for a program that had been struggling to get runners on the field.

“Two years ago, we had just three runners,” Lillard said. “Now we have 12, and this team went from not being able to compete at states just two years ago to getting second place this year.”

Coach Lillard had a lot of help from senior star runner, Alex Contreras, who took on the role of captain this season. Contreras plays a huge part in getting the team prepared throughout practices, and his dedication has elevated his runs and his team to a new level this season. 

“Being captain is a lot of responsibility, but I do have fun with it,” Contreras said. “The guys are really good, so it’s not like I have to whip anyone into shape. They’re all out here to get better. It’s a fun job, and it’s been pretty great.”

Contreras’ efforts since joining the team have made a huge impact, and the rewards have paid off in a big way. Contreras placed first at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 1A State Championships on November 12, etching his name in the record books among Maryland championship runners.

“Getting first at states was something I’ve really been working toward since my freshman year of high school,” Contreras said. “I started in middle school, but I wasn’t very serious about it until my freshman year.”

The team took second overall, and each runner on the team gets to share the glory for how far Catocin’s cross country program has come.

“They’ve done the one thing I wanted them to do when I came here which was to make it their team,” Lillard said. “They take over the team, they control the team and do what they need to do to be a state contender, and they grabbed that with both hands and just went with it.”

Coach Lillard often finds that the players give themselves all the discipline and feedback they need to keep improving.

“They’re harder on themselves than I am on them,” he said. “I have to tell them it’s OK to be a second or two off in their training. Not every workout is going to be great, but their work ethic is top notch, and sometimes I’ve got to walk them off the ledge and say, ‘Hey, it’s OK not to be great today.’”

That attitude and accountability to get better each day has ignited this team, and the results speak for themselves. Fortunately for the Cougars, they have a leader with experience to lean on when things get tough.

“Alex is the captain, so he takes on a lot of that [leadership],” Lillard said. “A lot of times, the kids will go to Alex with issues, and with him being a senior, he’s gone through a lot of the things our younger runners have gone through.”

The benefits of having a talented leader and a coach who understands what each individual needs are immeasurable. There are a lot of good things to come for the Cougars, and a stand-out cross country season is only the beginning.

Coach David Lillard (far left) is shown with Catoctin’s Cross Country runners at the state competition in November. The team took second place overall. Team Captain Alex Contreras (center) earned a first-place finalist award.

CHS Sports Boosters Courtesy Photo

Thurmont Babe Ruth Baseball finished a successful fall season in the Frederick County Babe Ruth League. Their teams at all three age groups finished with winning records and made deep runs into their end-of-season playoff tournaments.

The 18U Thurmont Expos finished the regular season with a record of 8-6.  In the playoffs, the Expos upset the #1 seed Little Falls Varsity Battlers to reach the championship game, before falling to Frederick Post 11.

The 16U Thurmont Cougars finished their regular season in second place with an 11-6 record. The Cougars reached the semifinals of the playoffs, where they fell to Frederick Dirt Devils. 

The 14U Thurmont Thunder finished at the top of the league standings with a record of 15-3. They capped off the season by winning the playoff tournament and bringing home the championship banner.

16U Thurmont Cougars

14U Thurmont Thunder Courtesy Photos

Michael Betteridge

What is it that makes Christmas the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”  In my mind, it’s our search for that special gift that will light up the eyes of someone in our life.  It’s the anticipation of that wonderful morning when we awaken with our families with one dream….to make someone smile when they open our gift to them. It’s the peace and joy that we feel when their eyes light up.

My family had a tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve. We sang “Silent Night” in church and held our candles firmly so that our parents would not worry. And as we walked out of church, that tingle inside became stronger and stronger knowing that soon we would select one present from under the tree before visions of sugar plums danced in our heads. We were allowed to pick the one gift only, and we were very purposeful in selecting the one that held the most promise. It was a skill we developed by carefully analyzing our past failures and successes. We knew exactly which present to choose. We had studied that tree all week long and when we had a moment when no one else was around, we even picked the gift up and gave it a little jiggle. We were certain this was the RIGHT ONE!

The Christmas family traditions of gift giving are modeled on the gift God gave us in His Son….the baby Jesus and we, as parents, pass these traditions down to our children to help them mature from selfish children to selfless adults.  They learn that the gift is in the giving not the getting, that the most cherished human value we can develop is to serve others, rather than ourselves.  These are the values that build families, football teams and communities!

Recently, I asked Coach Mike Rich of the Catoctin Cougars football team what early “gift under the tree” he received this year. His answer was as simple and plain as the manger on Christmas morning: “every day was a blast.”  Count it all joy! “We never had to coach,” said Coach Rich. He went on to explain that they knew they were building, but even so, they never quit for a second. They played like champions. When they beat South Hagerstown, they knew they could run with the “big boys.” Then, when they built a lead over Frederick, the No. 1 team in the county, they realized the hard work was paying off; then Middletown happened, and the Cougars came within one point of an upset. 

Coach Rich shared with me a story that reminded me of the moment when you realize you’ve taught your children well and in the Christmas Spirit. One of his players got into a bad car accident on a weeknight, and the accident was bad enough that the young man had to be taken to the hospital. Before the ambulance even came upon the scene to transport his player, the young man called Coach Rich and told him about the accident. Before Coach Rich could get in a word to ask for the details, the young man said: “Coach, I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be in to practice tomorrow.” In a traumatic moment in his young life, his first thought was his responsibility to the team, not his own welfare. That was the perfect gift that made the whole season worthwhile for Coach Rich. The lesson passed down was not in the wins and losses, but in putting others’ needs ahead of your own.

That young Catoctin Cougar understood the true meaning of Christmas…and the reason for the season….and why Jesus came into the World!

written by James Rada, Jr.

A new serial fiction story for your enjoyment

2: Times Past

Thomas Hamilton walked across the Loy’s Station Covered Bridge, ignoring the wooden beams around him. He focused his attention on the other side of the bridge, where the sky was clear and the sun shone. It stood in stark contrast to the thick fog on the side of the bridge he had just left.

He reached the other side and shook his head. It was a cloudless summer day in Rocky Ridge. It wasn’t even overly hot. He looked across Owens Creek and saw that it was now clear. The fog had lifted in the time it took him to walk across the bridge.

He couldn’t see the old man who had encouraged him to cross the bridge and find the love of his life. How could the man have walked away so quickly that he was out of sight? Thomas looked back across the bridge, wondering if the man had followed him, but it was empty.

He shook his head. This was turning out to be an unusual day. First, his girlfriend had broken up with him via a text message. Then, he had met the old man with his message that Thomas would find the love of his life on this side of the bridge. And, finally, Thomas had seen the odd fog that had moved in quickly, stayed on one side of the creek, and disappeared just as quickly.

The woman he had seen walking across the field was closer now. She was an attractive redhead who had her hair tied up in a kerchief. She wore overalls and work boots. He had grown up in the same house his father had grown up in. He thought he knew just about everyone in the area, but he didn’t recognize this woman.

“Where did you come from?” she asked.

Thomas shrugged. “I just walked across the bridge. You had to have seen me. You were looking right at it.”

“I must not have been paying attention. It was clear and then, suddenly, you seemed to be standing in front of it.”

She looked him over and then her nose wrinkled. Thomas realized he must still be sweaty from his run.

“Sorry about that. I was running earlier.”

“Running? From what?”

“For exercise.” She looked at him like he was crazy and stepped back. “I don’t recognize you. Do you live around here?” he asked.

“All my life. You’re the one who’s not from around here.”

“Of course, I am. My name is Thomas Hamilton. I live out on Old Mill Road.”

“I know the Hamilton Farm, but not a Thomas Hamilton.” There was only one Hamilton Farm on Old Mill, and it was his family’s farm. The woman cocked her head to the side. “You don’t look like a farmer. You look like someone dumped a can of fluorescent paint on you.”

He looked down at the reflective vest he was wearing. He didn’t think it looked that unusual, and it helped protect him from getting hit when he ran.

“You should talk. You look like someone trying to imitate Rosie the Riveter.”


“It doesn’t matter. What’s your name?”

She raised her chin and glared at him. “I’m not sure I should say.”

Thomas shrugged.

“Whatever.” He had been crazy to give that old man any credence. This woman was the love of his life? Not likely.

He turned and walked back across the bridge. When he reached the other side, he still didn’t see the old man, but other things were different, too. The road wasn’t paved. It was macadam. And the playground in the park off the right was gone.

“What gives?”

He hadn’t thought things could get weirder. He was wrong.

He jogged back to his house to shower and change. Even the house looked different, particularly when he walked inside. All of his furniture was missing, replaced with the type of stuff he would see in an antique store. Wallpaper, not paint, covered the walls. He smelled ham cooking when he knew he had left nothing in the oven.

A woman screamed, and Thomas spun around. She had walked out of the kitchen, her face red from the heat from the oven and stove.

“What are you doing in my house?” she shouted.

“I–I live here,” Thomas said, even though he wasn’t sure of that any longer.

“You do not! This is my family’s house. Leave this instant before I call the police.”

“But this is the Hamilton Farm. I…” He was about to say “I live here” again, but while the house itself might match his home, these furnishings and the wallpaper all said someone else lived here and had for some time. Certainly, longer than the hour Thomas had been out.

“Can you…?” he started to say.

The woman ran back into the kitchen and came back with a rolling pin covered in flour. She waved it at him.

“Get out now!”

Thomas held up his hands and backed toward the door. Once he stepped out onto the porch, the woman slammed the door, and Thomas heard the lock engage.

He sighed and walked back down the driveway to the road. He headed toward MD 77, although he wasn’t sure what he would do when he got there. Something unusual was happening, but he had no idea what it was.

He walked along the road toward Rocky Ridge when a vintage truck pulled up alongside him.

“Need a lift?” the driver asked. “I’m headed to Thurmont.”

Thomas didn’t recognize the man, but he had friends in Thurmont who might help him, or worst-case scenario, that’s where his doctor’s office was located.

Thomas climbed into the truck bed, and the driver started off. A confused Thomas looked over the countryside. He recognized the landscape and many of the buildings, but others were different. It was like he was in Rocky Ridge, but not his Rocky Ridge. It became very obvious as they entered Thurmont. The two elementary schools, police station, and housing development on the east side of town were all missing. The truck pulled over to the side of the road and stopped across from the middle school, which now had a sign that said it was the high school.

The driver hopped out and said, “This is as far as I go. I have to arrange for some lumber.”

Thomas jumped out of the bed to the ground. “Thanks. I appreciate the ride.”

He walked toward the center of town. He grew more nervous with each step. This was all wrong. He stopped when he saw a sign in the window of a clothing store. “New Styles for 1951 Are In!”

Thomas staggered and had to lean against the wall. It couldn’t be, but in the back of his mind, he had been seeing the signs and ignoring them.

He was in 1951…48 years before he was born.

Look for what happens next in our January issue

Cassidy Miller, a freshman at Catoctin High School, won first place at The Great Frederick Fair in landscape photography. Her photograph was taken on a morning walk at the Thurmont Community Park.

Cassidy started enjoying landscape photography when she would travel to visit her Pappy Leach, who lives three hours away in the mountains of West Virginia.

Cookies Anyone?

by Valerie Nusbaum

It has long been my dream to own and operate a bakery or baking business. Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love doing my paintings and writing this column and other things, but I’ve wanted to try making and selling food items for many years.  Randy shares this love of all things edible with me and, together, we’ve tried making it all. Cakes, pies, breads, candies, you name it. But my hubby focused on cookies. Not just delicious-tasting cookies. Oh, no. Mr. Nusbaum wanted to make delicious and beautifully decorated cookies.

I explained to Randy that decorated cookies are tedious and take a long time to do and that it’s very difficult to make a dozen or more cookies look nearly identical.  I know this because, in my much younger days, I was a cake decorator and had ventured into cookies long before it was trendy. My grandmother, Ella, was a superior baker, and she ran a home business doing cakes and pies in order to bring in extra money. When Ella’s hands became too riddled with arthritis for her to do the piping and decorating, she called on me to help. I learned from her when I was a teenager and became hooked on the process. I somehow managed to rope my mother into making frosting for me, and I began baking cakes on order.

Now, unfortunately, my own hands are arthritic and that meant a lot of the piping would be on Randy’s shoulders if we actually got into the cookie business. Randy felt sure he could handle it, largely because we’d watched the Food Network’s cookie-baking contests for several seasons, and Randy said it appeared that anyone with half a brain could do it. Sure. Don’t say I didn’t warn him. We both agreed that the judges in those competitions are a bit hard on the contestants.  Seriously, I’d probably cry over some of the criticisms. (You’re laughing, and you’re absolutely correct. I wouldn’t cry. I’d punch one of the judges and then Randy would have to bail me out again.)

So, a few years ago at Christmastime, I went out and got Randy some books on cookie decorating. I bought him a set of piping tips. I have a set, but Randy once got my favorite leaf tip caught in the garbage disposal, so I felt it was best that he have his own. I bought him disposable piping bags, a palette knife, some nail heads, cookie sheets (again, he’s not allowed to use mine), and some tools I had no idea what to do with. I suggested that in order to refine his decorating skills, Randy should use prepared cookie dough. Mostly, I didn’t want flour all over my kitchen, along with the powdered sugar from the royal icing mix. And I should point out, too, that I’m not allowed to use Randy’s hammer anymore.

We talked it over and decided that making snowman and snowflake shapes might be a good way to start.  Randy rolled out and baked his Pillsbury sugar cookies and mixed up a batch of royal icing, which he then tinted several colors. I showed him how to fill the piping bags and explained about piping and flooding.  Randy is careful and meticulous and did a good job, especially for his first time out.

Four hours later, we had five cookies finished. I felt that it might be a good time for a teaching moment, so I posed the question of how much we’d have to charge for those five cookies in order to be paid for our time, as well as all the icing we’d had to discard, along with what Randy had eaten. And I mentioned, too, that in a real business, we wouldn’t be using packaged cookie dough. We’d be buying all the ingredients and making our own dough. We mulled it over for a while and decided that maybe undecorated cookies would be a better business venture, along with several candies and some other baked goods that come from family recipes handed down through generations.  A food truck or a trailer, rather than a brick-and-mortar structure, would be my first choice, but I’d also be happy to start out working from our kitchen and selling at events and taking orders.

Right now, the cookie/candy business is still a dream, but with Christmas just around the corner, I’m feeling the urge to bake something and get out the decorating tools. However, I’m NOT feeling the urge to scrape icing off the ceiling again.

The holidays aren’t very exciting for us these days. We don’t have much family close by. My brother and his family are in Montana, our nephew is in Kansas with his family, and our niece and her family live in Spokane, Washington. We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves, though, because what we do have is the family we’ve chosen. That’s all of our good friends and the relatives who live nearby. We’re blessed and thankful for them. We’re also grateful for those of you who take the time to let us know that you enjoy my column and have kept us in your thoughts and prayers this year.

Thanks to Kyle and Shelby Anderson and to Alan Overly and his mother for taking the time to write.   I’m so glad you can find something to smile about in my words.

Also, thanks to Larry and Linda Fogle, Linda Fogle, Carol Robertson, Steve and Brooke Fulmer, Tammie and Bill Fulmer, Dolly Long, Peggy Stitely, Loberta and Harold Staley, and Barb Barbe for being good friends, especially when we needed some.

Happy Holidays to all of you from both of us!

by James Rada, Jr.

December 1922, 100 Years Ago


Handing a clerk a one dollar gold piece in payment for a cone of ice cream is not often done, but it did occur here in Thurmont recently. The child evidently did not know the value of the coin, and the clerk interviewed the proprietor to learn if the coin was money, and good, before accepting it. The purchaser was given the change and departed happy.

                                          – Catoctin Clarion, December 7, 1922

Ice Plant For Emmitsburg

There is a strong possibility that Emmitsburg will have a new industry here next year. Several out-of-town parties were in the neighborhood during the past week looking over the field with a view of establishing an ice manufacturing plant in this section. These people are experts in the ice business and have several plants in other parts of Maryland. The purpose of their visit was not in the nature of looking for investors but to see some of the leading citizens of the town as to the prospects and if such a plant was needed and would be a paying proposition.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 7, 1922

December 1947, 75 Years Ago

Thurmont Likes Foxville Road

Expressing appreciation to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Roads Board for completion of the highway from Foxville to Thurmont, which opened a new all-surfaced road to Hagerstown, Thurmont residents learned last week that the surfacing of a road from Garfield to Foxville has been approved for construction in 1948.

                                          – Frederick Post, December 15, 1947

Stuffing Turkeys With High Price Grain Is Making Little Profit For County’s Growers, They Claim

If all the turkeys raised in Frederick county this year were consumed within the confines of the county, each of us would have to eat more than a half of one.

Between 30 and 35 thousand turkeys will have been sent to market by the time you clean the last bone of your Christmas bird, the men who market the most of them estimate. About 95 percent of that total come from Frederick county’s growing turkey production center around Thurmont.   

                                          – Frederick Post, December 20, 1947

December 1972, 50 Years Ago

St. Joseph College Offers 200-Acre Campus For Lease

St. Joseph College formally announced plans today to offer its 200 acre campus for leasing following the graduation of the class of 1973. The announcement was made in an advertisement in the national edition of the Wall Street Journal.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 14, 1972

Wildlife Officer Ray Toms Honored

Wildlife Officer Ray Toms of Emmitsburg, was singled out for praise Friday evening by Shikar Safari International, a prominent hunter-conservationist organization. The occasion was the sixth annual banquet of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishermen, held at Walton’s Family Restaurant in Frederick.

Earlier this year Toms was selected by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Game Commissioners as Maryland’s outstanding wildlife officer for 1972. It was in recognition of this that Ed Boyd of St. Michaels, Md., traveled to Frederick last Friday evening to attend the local fly fisher’s banquet and there awarded a plaque and check to Ray on behalf of Shikar Safari.

                                          – Emmitsburg Chronicle, December 14, 1972

December 1997, 25 Years Ago

Local Cemeteries Damaged

Nearly 50 markers were tipped over or broken (at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church cemetery). In the same night, some 20 tombstones were damaged at the Elias Lutheran Church on E. Main St.

Early estimates marked the loss at a cost of well over $5,000.

                                          – The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1997

Extended Elementary School Proposed to BOE

The Emmit Ridge subdivision will be a topic of discussion for the Emmitsburg town council at the January 5th town meeting. The subdivision is located in the northern section of town adjacent to Irishtown Road. The project was planned in three phases with the third phase providing an access road connecting to Irishtown Road. Currently, the only access to Emmit Ridge is through the neighboring Northgate subdivision entrance. According to the original plans, the developers cannot begin phase three until prior phases are complete and thirty-three homes are built. To date, just three homes have been completed in the first phase. In the meantime, the original plan time limits have expired. At its Dec. 1 town meeting the commissioners voted to reinstate the final plats for Emmits Ridge Subdivision for one year, but change the phasing to require Phases II and III to be developed simultaneously. They also called for the development of Irishtown Road immediately after the completion of Phase I.

The Emmitsburg Regional Dispatch, December 1997

Parking meters

Paid for the Emmitsburg Police

When the Emmitsburg Burgess and Board of Commissioners decided that the town needed a police force for public safety, they had to find a way to pay for it. They voted to install parking meters along Main Street in 1949.

“Naturally, there was a lot of opposition to the parking meters, but parking space was limited along Main Street and there were quite a few thriving businesses that needed the spaces for their customers,” Don Rodgers wrote in an article on “Some residents tended to use the spaces as their personal garage and seldom moved their vehicles.”

The town purchased 152 meters at $58.50 each to be installed along Main Street, from Frailey’s Store on West Main to the Community Pure Food Store on East Main. No meters were installed on North or South Seton Avenue, but parking was restricted to one side of the street. One-hour parking would be allowed on the square and two-hour parking would be allowed along Main Street.

After the vote, opposition to the meters quickly grew as petitions were circulated to try and force the commissioners to reverse their decision. In March 1949, 25 citizens met with the commissioners. Euphemia Rotering, the group leader, presented the commissioners a petition signed by 45 people, nearly half of which were business owners.

James Hays, president of the board of commissioners, told the group, “that even the lawmakers themselves were not in favor of the ‘timers,’ but it was the only immediate way to derive revenue to maintain a constabulary in the Town, and that unless there were some other means by which they (the Town) could pay the added expenses of police protection, the Town officials would proceed with the placing of the meters,” according to the Emmitsburg Chronicle.

The town’s assessable tax base at the time was around $800,000, and to pay for the expenses of a small police force would require the town to nearly double its tax rate.

The group threatened to get an injunction to stop the installation of the meters, but it never came to be.

The meters were purchased from Michael Art Bronze Company of Washington, D.C. Installation was started after notice was posted about the restricted parking and the public was given time to adjust to the changes.

Installation of the meters began at the end of March, although it was delayed a few days because of bad weather.

By mid-April, before the town even knew how much money the meters would earn, a police chief was hired. Four men applied, but H.C. Woodring of Waynesboro was hired. He had spent the previous seven years as a Waynesboro police officer. Prior to that, he had been the chief guard for the Landis Company, overseeing 10 to 20 guards during World War II. He had assisted the FBI on cases.

One of the jobs of the new two-man police force was to enforce the parking regulations created with the installation of the parking meters that were paying their salaries.

Costs and revenues from the meters were shared 50/50 between Michael Art Bronze Company and the town. This lasted for nine months. At the end of the trial period, the town decided to purchase the meters outright.

What to Get Your Favorite Cook for Christmas

by Buck Reed

It is a fairly common understanding that it is better to give than to receive. Given that knowledge, I shall dedicate this article to the presents my family of readers can give to me and make their hearts filled with the joy of giving. And, of course, if you are buying me one, you might as well buy two and give one to the cook in your life. Twice the giving is certainly going to double your joy.

First, when choosing a gift, it is best to know the person for whom you are buying. Are they an accomplished cook, or do they just show an interest in the culinary arts but are a bit overwhelmed with what they would like to learn? A cookbook is always a nice way to go but try pairing it with a cooking class. Perhaps, the two of you would like to take a class together. Bringing together gift-giver and receiver is a great idea for the holiday spirit.

If they are a bit more advanced, a DIY (do it yourself) kit might be the ticket. A quick search online can find a variety of kits available. Usually, they are geared toward a specific subject of culinary activities and usually include ingredients, instructions, and recipes, as well as any specialty equipment needed to master this undertaking. Some that I found included sushi making, churros, making raviolis, specialty pasta shapes, and even a Create a Dessert of the Month Club. With any luck, they might even include you in the testing of their delightful efforts.

Then, there are the gadgets. Personally, I am not a fan of filling one’s kitchen with an array of culinary devices, but there are exceptions. It may sound silly to most, but I am a big fan of having a single pan that is dedicated to cooking just eggs and nothing else. Giving them a pan with an explanation that this pan is to only be used in egg cookery will take them one step closer to the madness found in great cooks.

Then, there are the whimsical gear. Usually, this is something that is useful but silly and must be tailored to the receiver’s personality. I saw the coolest set of dinosaur taco holders that were not only practical for creating tacos but also serving them. Also, they would look great arranged in your China cabinet or on a shelf in your kitchen or dining room. Your taco lover will cherish them always.

Then, there is the specialty ingredients you can procure for your target. If they like spicy foods, a few bottles of hot sauce might be the ticket. Or, you can make it a special gift by creating some special spice blends for them. These are fairly easy and can help them with conquering the elusive flair needed to become a great cook. 

Cooking is a personal venture, and the better you know the cook in your life, the better your success will be when choosing a gift for them.

  by Ana Morlier, The Crazy Plant Lady

Navigating the Trials  & Tree-bulations of    Christmas Trees

Merry December, readers! Now that the season of excess leftovers (still sitting in one’s freezer, never to be finished) and forced-family reunions are over (for now), it’s time for the winter celebrations to begin! I see that eye roll! Yes, I am fully aware that Walmart and other stores have brought “Christmas joy” well before I have, even in terms of trees and plant gifts. Instead, you will learn all the dos and don’ts of maintaining a Christmas tree in this article. You’ll also (hopefully) learn how to keep your leafy companion alive longer than the shelf life of eggnog. Here is my guide to Christmas tree-keeping!

Choose Your Fighter—What Tree Is Right for Me?

Either way (potted or cut tree), unless you are purchasing a Norfolk pine or rosemary tree, you’re going to need quite a bit of space. Potted trees do indeed take up slightly less space but are quite heavy and will need to be planted into the ground whenever the season is over. Again, unless it is a Norfolk pine, Christmas trees cannot stay in a pot. Potted trees are also going to need significantly more attention (I know, shock of all shockers), whether examining for bugs, root rot, over- and underwatering and overgrowth of the pot. Whereas for a cut tree, you’ll mainly need to make sure the water levels are above the end of the stump. Perhaps for bugs if extremely noticeable.

Potted trees allow you to gift a tree back to the Earth, but make sure you have a nice big pot for it, then find room somewhere in your yard to plant it permanently.

If you already feel the guilty beads of sweat rolling down your climate-conscious self, have no fear! There are many ways to reuse cut trees: Use needles as a natural mulch; cut off boughs to protect perennial beds from cold and snow; use the trunk as a flowerpot or fence (if you’re feeling crafty); rent a chipper and make wood chip mulch; use branches to support growing plants. But do NOT burn the tree in house fires or in wood stoves. Use renewable pellets if you feel so inclined, but you cannot burn tree remnants, or else you’ll inflict damage upon your most sacred heat source. Certainly not recommended during the dead of winter.

Once you have decided what tree type will work best for you, it’s time for some field research (pun intended). Basically, walk up to the tree you want and test its needles. For a healthy pine, the needles will bend and not break, and will be dark green and shiny. Healthy fir needles will break sharply and also retain an emerald color and shine. If you want to doublecheck that your tree is healthy, reach inside the trunk, and slightly shake the tree or branch. Only a few needles should fall. In addition, fresh growth and sticky sap are also quite a good sign. Both indicate that the tree retains moisture well.

Buy One, Get One Tree…Buying Tips

The later you buy a tree, the more likely you’ll have a fresh, green tree for Christmas. Most advise buying a tree in the first or second week of December.

Netting is excellent in protecting your tree from harsh winds but wrapping it in an old blanket is even more effective in preserving the branches.

If you are grabbing a tree from a pre-cut lot, cut a small portion of the trunk off at home to ensure proper circulation. Cut ½ to 1 inch off the trunk, without angling.

When you first set down your tree, try to check it 3-4 times a day since the tree will drain water pretty quickly. Add fresh, cool water (tap water is fine). Try to keep the tree trunk in a larger water basin so it has enough room and more than enough water to soak in (a stand with room to hold a gallon of water minimum and an opening wide enough to contain the whole tree trunk).

How to Keep Your Tree Lookin’ Like a Fine Pine

Keep your sen-tree in a cool place, away from any heating vents, heaters, or furnaces. Not only will it be less of a fire hazard, but it will keep the tree healthier for longer. It is perfectly fine to situate a tree next to a window, as it remains cool from external temperatures.

If you have heated floors, stand the tree on a mat or other surface to avoid contact with the heated floor, preferably in an area without direct sunlight, or even in a darker location.

Give your leafy companion a day or two to adjust to the new environment before putting on ornaments.

You can never overwater your tree! Make sure it is watered well above the end of the trunk or else the tree will dry out quickly.

Don’t add sugary substances (such as the rumored 7-up). While it won’t directly kill the tree, mold and bacteria buildup certainly will. Any additives will not make your tree healthier. If anything, it breeds an environment for mold. So, keep it simple with cold water, and your tree will be just fine.

Potted Tree Care

Use long, large, containers to give the tree roots plenty of room, with ample drainage. If you notice leaves turning yellow or other problems, the tree may be indicating that it has outgrown its pot or watering is not sufficient.

To keep it fresh for Christmas day, it is advised to not place/pot the tree in your home until one week before Christmas.

Check for watering information on the label, but aim to keep the soil moderately moist, perhaps watering every other day.

Signs of a Suffering Tree

Feed me, Seymour! Some signs of a suffering tree are: excessive needle loss; lack of smell; dried, brittle branches; and quickly yellowing branches.

If you observe these, check the water level! It may also be pests (you can take care of these with pesticides. I like to use natural neem oil), excessive heat, or decay from being bought too early. Trimming problem areas can reduce some damage, and providing fresh, cool water can help.

May these suggestions lead to a healthier, happier plant, to a place where you have one less thing to worry about during the holiday rush. I and my many leafy friends would appreciate it if you took the time to stop, breathe, and admire your hard-working tree.

Take care of yourself, and your tree, and relish this time of kinship. Even during the busiest of times, don’t forget to stop and smell the pine.

by Maxine Troxell

No confection symbolizes the holidays quite like gingerbread in its many forms, from edible houses to candy-studded gingerbread men to spiced loaves of cake-like bread. These cookies make a great gift for friends and family.  

Gingerbread Boy Cookies


   1 cup of light brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

¾ cup of molasses

¼ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. of ginger

2 tsp. of cinnamon

   2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

5 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

1 ½ tsp. cloves

1 tsp. nutmeg


In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. 

With a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light in color and creamy. 

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each one. 

Add molasses and vanilla extract and mix well. 

Gradually add the dry ingredients one cup at a time until all are combined and mixed well.

Divide dough into three equal parts. Roll each one out to ¼” or ¾” on a lightly floured mat and place them into the freezer for 10 minutes. The dough is easier to work with when cold. 

Using your favorite gingerbread boy cookie cutter, cut out and place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Frost cookies with royal icing. If you don’t feel comfortable decorating cookies, you can just sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar.  Here is a link to a good royal icing recipe:   

BY Sandi Reed Burns, Realtor, Climb Properties Real Estate LLC

As a real estate agent, I hear a lot of people talking about mortgage interest rates increasing. High rates seem to be one of the biggest concerns right now for consumers. During COVID, we saw the houses sell, not only above their listed prices but also above the appraised value. The appraised value is the amount the bank will lend for the mortgage. If the home appraised for $350,000 but sold for $365,000, the buyer would need to bring the additional $15,000 of their own funds to settlement.

What agents are seeing now are lower home prices and higher interest rates for loans. The bottom line for buyers: Purchase prices are dropping, but the cost of the loan is higher.

The brighter side of this is that a consumer can purchase more home at a lower price. Even with higher interest rates, getting the house that fits a buyer’s needs is more important—the interest rate can be changed through refinance transactions a year or two down the road. It’s not all gloomy news for the sellers either, as there is still a low inventory and home pricing isn’t dramatically falling.

Nita Young from CLA Title, located in Frederick, said, “Consumers should be aware of how important an owner’s title policy is and how it protects them for as long as they own the home and that it’s transferable to their heirs. This one-time expense is a fraction of what it would cost to fight a claim at $400 an hour for an attorney.”

Ian Shimer from Embrace Home Loans said, “2022 has been a pivotal year for the real estate industry. Due to delays in materials, rise in home prices, and interest rates spiking, it has been a difficult time for most home buyers. Despite all the buzz, it is still a good time to buy. For eligible buyers in Frederick County, there are grant programs for borrowers that will allow you to take advantage of up to $10,000 in funds to put towards the cost of your new home, without ever needing to pay it back. Rates change every day, and with that comes the opportunity to refinance when they come down. Through homeownership, you not only have the ability to lower your payment in the future, but you have the ability to lower your term, tap into your equity, consolidate debt, and much more. I encourage buyers to DATE the rate and MARRY the house. It is a funny statement but true in the fact that you can always refinance to a lower interest rate, but your dream house will not always be there. Your personal agent is the expert by your side to help you find the perfect home, and your lender is the financial expert to ensure you are educated throughout the entire process, while guaranteeing you are in the best financial position possible as you make one of the biggest purchases in your lifetime.”

The most important thing that I can’t stress enough is to take the time to talk with real estate agents, lenders, title agents, and home inspectors. Yes, shop around for the best pricing and who you feel you’ll work best with.

Everything seems so rushed once you find a home you like, enter an offer, and it gets accepted. The clock starts ticking, then people often feel rushed and uncertain. I highly suggest speaking with the professionals before you find a home of choice and before you decide to list for sale.

by Ava Morlier, Culinary Arts Writer

Happy December! I’m sure you’re swamped with cookie and dessert recipes, so today’s article will give you information to munch on (rather than burdening you with another Christmas cookie recipe).

Ever wonder what happens to your cookie while it’s in the oven? Sure, you mix ingredients in the bowl and all that, but why those ingredients? How does your cookie become a cookie in the span of half an hour?

Well, it’s the ingredients in the cookie dough reacting to each other, and those reactions are initiated by the heat of the oven. Curious? Check out the timeline below to see how your cookie transforms from wet and malleable to dry and crisp!


A Delicious Timeline of How Your Cookies Transform in the Oven


A delicious timeline of how your cookies transform in the oven:

You’ve just whipped up a fresh batch of cookies. You’ve done everything right: You’ve creamed the unsoftened butter with the sugars, added in the rest of the wet ingredients, then finally added all the dry ingredients and mixed well. Why is there such an involved process to make the dough? Adding all the ingredients at once will lead to inconsistent texture; the sugar retains the moisture of the butter, allowing the cookies to develop air pockets throughout the dough. Not creaming the sugar with the butter directly will result in a cookie that will grow upwards rather than spread out.

Now you’re sliding the batch into the preheated oven (not preheating the oven will result in cookies that break apart) and waiting for the wet dough to transform. As the dough cooks, it takes on its full cookie glory!

920-The once semi-solid butter melts, causing the cookie to spread out (giving the cookie its novel round shape). Water is released from the butter and turns into steam within the cookie.

1360– Salmonella (once alive in the egg) dies off, making your cookies safe to eat.

1440– The proteins from the eggs unfold, connect with other proteins and refold, making the egg (and the shape of the cookie) less runny and more solid.

2120– The steam boils away and evaporates, causing the shape of the cookie to solidify and the surface of the cookie to become cracked and dry.

Additionally, air pockets are formed in the cookie (giving it airy flakiness) thanks to the reaction of acid and baking soda forming carbon dioxide gas-filled air pockets.

3100-The Maillard Reaction takes place: Proteins from the egg and sugar break down and relink together, forming structural proteins that give cookies their distinctive golden-brown color. This linking process also results in the development of flavor and aroma (that delicious smell that lets everyone know something good is baking in the oven!). The scent also signifies that your cookies are done! Taking them out as soon as that sweet smell hits your nose results in deliciously chewy (and not overcooked/tough) cookies!

3560-The sugars in the cookie break down, giving the cookie a sweet and nutty flavor (and a darker brown color).

After the mouthwatering scent of the cookies hits your nose, you take the cookies out and let them cool on a cooling rack (making sure to take them off the cookie sheet soon after they have been taken out of the oven; the hot pan may overcook or burn the bottoms of the cookies, as it has retained heat from the oven). And just like that, your cookies have been transformed!

Enjoy munching on this knowledge as you wait for your signature Christmas cookies to cook! Happy baking and Merry Christmas!

The cookies start out…

The cookies begin to spread…

The cookies dry out and solidify…

The finished cookies!

by Richard D. L. Fulton

Major George W. Webb

Gettysburg’s “Tuskegee Airman”

When George W. Webb, then-holding the rank of first lieutenant, reported for duty as the first black commander of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp on the Gettysburg battlefield, the only red tails he would have encountered there would have been the species of hawks that flew overhead.

The irony of that was, as World War II broke out, “red tails” would come to assume a whole new meaning in his life.

First Lieutenant Webb secured his Army commission as the result of ROTC training he had received at Howard University, having graduated in 1926. In May 1939 he was assigned to be a member of the staff at the CCC camp in McMillan Woods on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

The CCC had established two camps on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The first camp was located in 1933 in Pitzer Woods (in the field behind where the General Longstreet monument stands today) and designated NP-1, and the second camp was located in McMillan Woods in 1934 on the western slope of Seminary Ridge, taking its access off West Confederate Avenue, and designated NP-2.

The CCC camp in Pitzer Woods was comprised of all-black recruits under the command of all white officers as NP-2 had been, except that during late 1939, two years after the Pitzer Woods camp had been abandoned, it was announced that the NP-2 was to become the first all-black (recruits and officers) in the country. At the time, the all-black staff assumed command, the McMillan Woods camp served as home to 198 CCC program “enrollees (designated as being the 135th Company).”

Lieutenant Webb assumed command of the NP-2 on November 12, 1939, when the camp was about to begin being led by an all-black command structure.  Although Webb was described as a “native Washingtonian.” Beginning with his assignment to the NP-2, he afterwards always regarded Gettysburg as his home (before being sent to Gettysburg, Webb had served as supervisor of the Industrial Home School of Blue Plains in Washington, D.C.).

Webb received an official send-off at the NP-2 on August 25, 1941, in the form of a “smoker and banquet.”  The Gettysburg Times noted that, under Webb’s command, the camp had a superior rating “as one of the most outstanding companies in the central district.”

On August 19, the lieutenant arrived at Chanute Field, Illinois, to commence with his training to serve as the adjutant officer of the 99th Pursuit Squadron (also known as the Red Tails, due to their having painted their airplane tails red.  The group was not referred to as the Tuskegee Airmen until it appeared in a book in 1955).  The Black Dispatch reported at that time that Webb was married and had three children (two girls and one boy).

During the second week of September 1941, he was dispatched to the Tuskegee (Alabama) Institute, where he officially assumed his assignment as adjutant of the 99th Pursuit Squadron at what would become Tuskegee Army Airfield.

By January 1942, Adjutant Lieutenant Webb had been appointed provost marshal at the Tuskegee flying school, becoming the first black provost marshal in the United States Army (although he continued in training for that position for six months at the Provost Marshal General School in Fort Custer, Michigan through August 13, 1943).  He was additionally appointed as fire marshal and transportation officer.

As an aside, in October 1942, the flying school opened its brand-new chapel, Webb’s youngest son was the first child baptized in the new facility.

By February 20, 1943, he had also assumed the command of the military police unit at the Tuskegee flying school and had been promoted to captain. In September 1943, Webb had been promoted to major, just days after having completed his provost marshal training in Fort Custer. His wife had also given birth to a third daughter.

The Tuskegee Army Air Field closed in 1947; 932 pilots had been successfully graduated from the program. Among these, 66 Tuskegee airmen died in combat.

Magnesium and Its  Health Benefits

by Dr. Thomas K. Lo, Advanced Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing Center

Magnesium is a nutrient that helps the body stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body. It helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and aids in making protein, bone, and DNA. It is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body and used in over 300 different physiological processes.

What Foods Provide Magnesium?

  Magnesium is in many natural foods and is added to fortified foods. You can get the recommended daily amounts of magnesium by eating a variety of foods. These foods include legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, avocados, dark chocolate, bananas, milk, yogurt, and other milk products.

Am I Getting Enough Magnesium?

The diets of many people in the United States provide less than the recommended amounts of magnesium. Men older than 70 and teenage girls and boys are most likely to have low intakes of magnesium.

What Happens If You Do Not Get Enough Magnesium?

In the short term, getting too little magnesium does not produce obvious symptoms. When healthy people have low intakes, the kidneys help retain magnesium by limiting the amount lost in urine. Low magnesium intakes for long periods, however, can lead to a magnesium deficiency. In addition, some medical conditions and medications interfere with the body’s ability to absorb magnesium or increase the amount of magnesium that the body excretes. 

Very high doses of zinc supplements can also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb and regulate magnesium.

Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Extreme magnesium deficiency can cause numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and an abnormal heart rhythm.

People with gastrointestinal diseases (such as Crohn’s disease and celiac disease), type 2 diabetes, long-term alcoholism and older people are more likely to get too little magnesium.

What Are Some Effects of Magnesium On Health?

Research has shown that magnesium has positive effects on high blood pressure and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches.

Magnesium that is naturally present in food and beverages is not harmful and does not need to be limited. In healthy people, the kidneys can get rid of any excess in the urine. However, magnesium in dietary supplements and medications should not be consumed in amounts above the upper limit, unless recommended by a healthcare provider.

High intakes of magnesium from dietary supplements and medications can cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramping. Extremely high intakes of magnesium can lead to irregular heartbeat and cardiac arrest.

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Following are some signs of magnesium deficiency. Always check with your health practitioner if you think you are having a health issue.

Poor Cognitive Processing

Are you having bouts of brain fog, poor concentration, or constant memory issues? The brain contains the highest concentration of mitochondria in the male body (females have a higher concentration in their ovaries). Mitochondria are heavily reliant on magnesium for energy production so a deficiency can hamper your brain performance significantly.

Headaches & Chronic Migraines

Sufferers of chronic migraines often have lower levels of magnesium in their bodies. Magnesium also plays the additional key role of regulating neurotransmitter production, which can also influence migraines.

Constipation & IBS

Proper magnesium intake softens stools by drawing water into the bowels, which supports healthy elimination. If stools become too hard, they move slower through the colon and become a problem. Additionally, magnesium plays a major role in regulating muscle contractions in the intestines. This is why a magnesium deficiency often results in constipation.


Magnesium is highly involved with energy production. As mentioned before, the mitochondria in your cells heavily rely on magnesium to produce energy. Your mitochondrial function primarily determines your energy levels. Additionally, magnesium supports the adrenal glands, which can play a part in energy production as well.


You can see improvement with insomnia because magnesium is involved in the production of GABA in the brain. GABA is a chemical that promotes relaxation. If you do not have enough magnesium to produce adequate amounts of GABA, your sleep may suffer.

Muscle Spasms & Cramping

Magnesium is important for proper nerve transmission and plays a vital role in muscle contraction. When magnesium is depleted, muscle contractions can become weak and uncoordinated, leading to involuntary spasms and painful cramps.

In addition, when magnesium stores are low in the body, the nervous system can become hyper-excitable (meaning easily overstimulated) which can increase muscle tension. Magnesium can play a role here by helping to elicit an overall calming effect on the mind and body while soothing and relaxing the muscles.

Heart Arrhythmia

The heart is a muscle that constantly contracts inside our bodies without needing to be consciously controlled. Just as with other muscles in the body, the heart relies heavily on magnesium for proper contractibility. This is thought to be due to its role in regulating calcium and potassium concentrations in the muscle tissue. This includes rapid heartbeats, slow heartbeats, and sudden changes in heart rhythm for no apparent reason.

Numbness and Tingling

If you often feel numbness or tingling sensations in your body, such as in the hands and feet, this is likely due to a change in nerve activity. Because of its role in healthy nerve transmission, magnesium deficiency may be partly playing a role. Some studies have shown that magnesium may be able to relieve or prevent numbness and tingling in the extremities.

Supporting Your Magnesium Levels

Follow these strategies to boost your magnesium levels.

Magnesium Rich Foods

There are great food sources that are easy to incorporate into your daily life. Pick a few high magnesium foods and incorporate them on a regular basis.

Epsom Salt Baths

Perhaps one of the most relaxing ways to get more magnesium into your body is by taking an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are actually a form of magnesium that can absorb into the body through the skin. 

If you are struggling with health issues, call the Advanced Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing Center at 240-651-1650 for a free consultation. Dr. Lo uses Nutritional Response Testing® to analyze the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. The office is located at 7310 Grove Road #107, Frederick, MD. Visit the website at

jEanne Angleberger,   

Shaklee Associate for a Healthier Life


As the year 2022 becomes history, I hope you have created a few healthy habits along the way. Making healthy changes can be hard but is certainly worth it!

The number one reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain. 

You may recall the very first health article yours truly submitted to the Banner for publication. I quote, “What is more important than taking care of your health and body?” 

Today, I repeat the same question. It is never too late to begin taking care of your health. If people choose not to follow healthy guidelines, I have two simple questions for them: Where are you going to live? Who will take care of you?

In closing, my health articles were written to help people improve their health and overall wellness. Also, to create awareness to share with their health provider.

Today, Health Jeanne bids “Farewell” to her Banner readers. Time passes quickly. It’s hard to believe my debut with “The Health Jeanne” was August 2008.

As I wish healthiness to all my readers, I want to extend my appreciation for all of the support and kind words you have shared with me over the years. Just saying you enjoy reading the articles meant so much to me. Thank you.

May your family and loved ones reap the benefits of healthy habits today and always.


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Any unwanted lawn mowers, tillers, snowblowers, or yard items. FREE pickup. Call 301-514-8640.

FOOTAGE OF MY DOG DYING. I will give $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) to the person who can show me footage of my dog dying. Veronique W, 20 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. Email

For Rent

HALL RENTAL: Weddings, Banquets, Events of any kind. Call the American Legion at 301-271-4411 between 9 and 11 a.m.

Looking for a place for a meeting, reunion, reception, picnic, or party? St. John’s UCC in Sabillasville rents its pavilion or parish hall. Contact Megan Doolittle at 301-514-3115 or

Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade, MD is available for various rentals. Stop by, call 301-241-5085, or visit for information.

Emmitsburg Studio/Office for Rent on the Town Square, Commercial Rental, 700 sq. feet. $600 plus electricity. Call 240-204-4456.


High tensile, board & post fence repair and replacement. Property maintenance, exterior painting, house clean outs, junk removal, hauling, and weeding. Also bush hogging and skid loader service. Call Mike at 240-285-6648.

Asphalt paving and seal coating by Frederick County Paving. Call for a free estimate, 301-662-2820 or email

Lawn Services – Fertilizer programs, mowing, landscaping, mulching, and more. Call Mountain View Lawn Service at 301-271-2832.

Visit Quality Tire in Emmitsburg for super tire service at 17650 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Call 301-447-2909.

Accounting services and tax management and filing with Melissa Wetzel in Emmitsburg. Schedule your appointment today at 301-447-3797.

Rick Hurley & Son Small Engine Repair Service. Call 301-271-2117 or 240-285-2494 (leave message).

WE BUY USED CARS! Call 301-788-2626.

Septic tank pumping, Reliable Service and Reasonable Rates. Serving Frederick County and surrounding areas. Staley’s Onsite Services 301-788-3636 or email

Firewood, snow removal, welding and fabrication, lawn and landscaping. Call Ward Business Group 301-607-1099.

Maryland Potomac Edison residential or commercial customers are eligible for a Maryland Quick Home Energy Check (QHEC) performed by Perry Joy, a BPI-Certified Home Energy Professional. It is FREE and you receive $150 worth of energy-saving products. Eligible customers sign up online at or call Perry Joy at 443-974-7966 for info.

Affordable Lawn Care and Handyman Service gives free estimates and there’s no job too small. Call 240-651-4248 for mowing, trimming, edging, mulching, home repairs, and maintenance.

For Sale

2016 Ford F-150 XLT, 6” Rough Country lift kit installed by Krietz Auto in Frederick (where truck was purchased), all stock otherwise (stock wheels with purchase if wanted). New rotors and pads just installed, fresh oil change. Selling because I don’t need it anymore. Asking $31,000/OBO. Call 240-285-0716.

Seasoned Firewood for sale. Mixed hardwoods and oak. Call 301-271-4812. Leave message.

Weider Pro 230 Workout Bench – Rarely used – $110; Total gym supra pro exercise system – rarely used – $120; Three Bike Trunk Rack – new – $90; Samsung Monitor 24” wide LED – new – $100; Barbie Dolls in box – new – $10. Items located in Thurmont. Call 240-288-8748.

Frank Feathers Hatchet. Christmas + Love on one side. Faith + 1945 + Hope on other side. $3,900 OBO. 301-898-7818.

Help Wanted

Ad Sales Professional to sell ads in The Catoctin Banner Newzine, 10 hours per week. Call Deb 301-271-1050 or email

Mission of Mercy a local nonprofit charity providing free healthcare, dental care and medications to the uninsured needs a clinic (RV) DRIVER to volunteer two to four days per month. No special driver’s license needed. Also requires general computer skills for light data entry during the day – training is included. Contact Jennifer White 301-682-5683 x204 or email

McDonald’s is Hiring! Minimum starting salary $13/hr. and above for Crew, $14.25/hr. (Thurmont & Walkersville) for Maintenance. Apply in person at your local McDonald’s or text 38000 and enter location code. Also hiring Managers!

Help wanted: Truck drivers, full-time and part-time. Salary based on experience. Full-time $1250.00/week. Local and overnight work available. Farm tractor operator/ laborer, full-time and part-time $15 per hour. Call Dennis 240-446-7219.

Help Wanted for established Local Home Improvement company. Call 301-271-4850 for an interview.

Now Hiring! Experienced Lead Carpenter – Seeking self-motivated person with a good work ethic. Must have own dependable transportation to shop, be able to pass DOT physical, and have a clean driving record. Must show up for work every day. Ability to drive pickup and trailer necessary. Pay rate and benefits based on experience. Call Kevin at 301-606-5815 or email

Ott House, 5 W. Main Street, Emmitsburg. Hiring cooks and crew. 301-447-2625.

Fertilizer Tech at Mountain View Lawn Service. Call 301-271-2832 for more info.

Carriage House Inn Restaurant & Catering, 200 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Looking for Line Cooks, Lead Catering Chef, Servers, and Server Assistants, $11.75-18/hour. Weekend hours are a must. Apply within or email for application.

Part-time kitchen and cashier positions available at The Village Store in Keymar. Evenings and weekends required. Stop in or call 410-775-2966 and ask for Mary.

Los Amigos on Frederick Road in Thurmont is now hiring. Apply in person.

Pondscapes is hiring immediately! Call 240-446-2846.

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1…… Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament Order Pickup, Lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

1…… Balance & Strength Class w/Ruth, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 11 a.m. Also: Dec. 5,6,8,12,12,14,15,19,20,21,22.

1…… Cards & Games, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m. Also: Dec. 2,5,6,8,9,12,13,15,16,19,20,22,23.

1…… Pick Up Pre-ordered Ornament, Thurmont Lions Club at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Frederick Road, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

2…… Bingo (every Friday night), Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Doors open 5 p.m.; Bingo 6:45 p.m. Tip jars; food; jackpot up to $1,000. Benefits Thurmont Community Amb. Srv.

2…… Pickleball (Fridays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Upstairs in Gym, Emmitsburg. 12:30 p.m.

2…… ZUMBA Gold, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10:15 a.m. Also: Dec. 9,23.

2…… Symphony Orchestra Concert, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. 8 p.m.

3…… Holiday Quarter Auction, Thurmont AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, 26 Apples Church Rd., Thurmont. Doors open noon; auction 1 p.m. Admission: $5 (includes two paddles). Food, 50/50, tip jars, raffles. Benefits building fund.

3…… Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors. Coco’s Grill food truck.

3…… Horse & Carriage Ride in Thurmont, Rides will board in Municipal Parking Lot (on South Center St. in front of American Legion, travel up E. Main Street, down Water St., then to Thurmont Community Park & back to municipal parking lot. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carriage rides are by reservation only: call town office 301-271-7313, press 0. $10/person (no matter the age).

3…… St. Rita’s KringleFest, 13219 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

3…… Holiday Bazaar, 101 S. Main St., Woodsboro. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

3…… Winter Choral Concert, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. 8 p.m.

3…… Santa Visits the Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

3…… Christmas Exstraganza, First Baptist Church, 7 Sunny Way, Thurmont. 2-4 p.m. Make gingerbread house, play Bingo, hear a story. Free admission.

3…… St. John’s Lutheran Church Presents the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, 8619 Blacks Mill Rd., Creagerstown. 4 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres in parish hall following service. Luminaries on display 5:30 p.m.

3…… Christmas in Thurmont Photos With Santa, Guardian Hose Co., 21 N Church St., Thurmont. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.

3…… Christmas in Thurmont, Guardian Hose Co., 21 N. Church St., Thurmont. Crafts for Kids, Face Painting 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ESP Performing Company 4:30 p.m. Prize drawings 5 p.m. Guardian Hose Co. serving hot dogs & hot chocolate while supplies last.

3,4… ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. 2-8 p.m. Santa will visit 3-5 p.m. Bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. Local musicians.

4…… Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

5…… TUMC Clothes Closet Open House Christmas Party, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 6 p.m.

5…… Night of Christmas Spirit, Carriage House Inn, 200 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg.

5…… Place Your Orders for Slippery Pot Pie (chicken or ham) and/or Country Ham Sandwiches: $7/quart; sandwiches $6/ea. Call 301-271-2305 or 301-271-2655. Pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Trinity UCC, 101 E. Main St., Thurmont.

5…… School Skills for Preschoolers, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 11:15 a.m. Also: Dec. 12.

5…… YOGA, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 9:30 a.m. Also: Dec. 12,19.

5…… Exercise to Video (Mondays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 10 a.m.

5…… Free Community Meal Served the First Monday Each Month, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231 A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 5:30-7 p.m. All invited. 301-271-2379.

6…… Elementary Explorers: Discover Dairy: Adopt A Cow, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 4-4:45 p.m.

6…… Coffee & Chat, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10 a.m. Also: Dec. 13, 20.

6-8… Exercise to Video (Tuesdays thru Thursdays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 9:15 a.m.

7…… Pickleball (Wednesdays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Upstairs in Gym, Emmitsburg. 1 p.m.

7…… 50/50 Bingo, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m. Also: Dec. 21.

8…… Pick Up Pre-ordered Ornament, Thurmont Lions Club at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Frederick Road, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

8…… Bunko, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

8…… Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament Order Pickup, Lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

8…… Roy Rogers Fundraiser for Thurmont Senior Center, Roy Rogers Restaurant, Thurmont. 5 p.m.

9…… Christmas in Rocky Ridge, Rocky Ridge Vol. Fire Co., 13527 Motters Station Rd., Rocky Ridge. 5 p.m. Tree lighting 7 p.m. The Sauced Savage BBQ food truck & My Favorite Baker. Train display, crafts, make s’mores by the fire & free cookies and hot chocolate.

9…… Gamelan Gita Semara, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA. 4:30 p.m.

10…. Museums by Candlelight, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums, 1611 N Market St., Frederick. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Explore holiday traditions while taking a self-guided tour of the museum facilities. Walk-in event. 301-600-1650.

10…. Holiday Craft Bazaar, Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Dr., Cascade. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

10…. Yuletide Celebration, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 4-7 p.m.

10…. Blood Drive, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Road, Thurmont. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 301-271-4511

10…. Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. 0 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors. Rock & Rollin’ Roasters food truck.

10…. The Amish Outlaws with DJ Fire, Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Doors open 6 p.m.; music 9:30 p.m.-midnight; DJ Fire 7-9:30 p.m. $10/person (available at door, Friday Night Bingo, or Cash bar, kitchen open, tip jars, 50/50. ATM available. 18 & older – photo ID required.

11…. Memories of Fort Ritchie, 14421 Lake Royer Rd., Cascade. 3-5 p.m. Reminisce w/others who lived and worked on Fort Ritchie. Free admission; light refreshments.

11…. Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

11-18 Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest. Have exterior of your home or business decorated by Dec. 11; judging Dec. 11-18. Cash prizes. Three categories: Most Creative, Most Traditional, Best Business. Winners announced on town website & social media by Dec. 21.

12…. Library Learners: Ancient Egypt, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

13…. Elementary Explorers: Board Games, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 4-4:45 p.m.

13…. Knitting & Crocheting Group, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E Main St., Thurmont. 11 a.m.

15…. Handmade Gifts, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 6 p.m.

15…. Making Chocolate Candies for Holiday Season, 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg.

17…. Fort Ritchie Community Center Breakfast with Santa, 14421 Lake Royer Rd., Cascade. 9-11 a.m.

17…. Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. Vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Sauced Savage food truck.

18…. Cantata Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 10 a.m.

18…. ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. 2-8 p.m. Santa will visit 3-5 p.m. Bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. Local musicians.

19…. Blood Pressure Checks by Thurmont Ambulance Company, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont.

20…. Crafting Fun With Pauline’s Pals, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont.

22…. Blood Drive, Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD. 12:30-6 p.m. 301-241-5085.

23…. December 23rd Program, Apples UCC, 7908 Apples Church Rd., Thurmont. 7 p.m.

24…. Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.

24…. Christmas Eve Services, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 5:30 p.m. Family Service; 7 p.m. Traditional Service.

24…. St. John’s Lutheran Church Service of Lessons, Carols & Communion, 8619 Blacks Mill Rd., Creagerstown. 5 p.m.  Followed by a FREE fried chicken dinner w/cheese platter, cranberry relish, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate & water.

24…. Christmas Eve Service, Harriet Chapel, 12625 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont. Carol Sing 7 p.m.; Holy Eucharist 7:30 p.m.

24…. Christmas Eve Services, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. Worship Service, Potter’s Hands Puppets & Special Music 7 p.m.; Worship Service with Special Music, Choir & Handbells 9 p.m.

25…. Christmas Service, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 9 a.m.

25…. Christmas Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

28…. School’s Out LEGO Build, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

30…. Christmas Concert Featuring the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, Lewistown UMC, 11032 Hessong Bridge Rd., Thurmont. 3 p.m. Light refreshments. Free will offering will benefit chorus.

31…. New Year’s Eve Bingo, Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Over $10,000 in cash payouts. Doors open 5 p.m.; meal 6-8 p.m.; games 8 p.m.  $50/ticket (includes 9 pack of 27 games-$250 ea.; 3 games-$1,000 ea.; jackpot-$1,500). Tip jars & 50/50. Tickets at Friday Night Bingo or

31…. New Year’s Eve Bingo, Vigilant Hose Company Activity Bldg., 17701 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg. Doors open 5 p.m.; games 8 p.m. $50 in advance (includes 9 pack, $50 for 50 games including four $1,000 jackpots; all other games pay $200; dinner platter included). Snacks & refreshments available for purchase. Tickets: Mary Lou 240-285-3184 or Pam 240-472-3484.

Memories of Fort Ritchie

Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade is holding “Memories of Fort Ritchie” on December 11 at 3:00 p.m. Reminisce with others who lived and worked on Fort Ritchie. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

New Year’s Eve Bingo

The Thurmont Ambulance Company is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bingo on Saturday, December 31, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; meal served from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Bingo starts at 8:00 p.m. The cost is $50.00 per person (includes 9 pack of 27 games, jackpot, meal, and more). Bingo features over $10,000 in cash payments, tip jars, 50/50, and more! View the advertisement on page 49 for more details and for how to purchase your tickets today!

Shop the Pop!

Thurmont Main Street’s Pop-Up Shop is held every Saturday on December 3 through December 17, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Plaza on N. Church Street, featuring a little something for everyone and a different food truck each Saturday! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

Bingo — Every Friday Night

The Thurmont Community Ambulance hosts its Friday Night Bingo every Friday! Come out to the Thurmont Event Complex every Friday night to play bingo! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Bingo also features tip jars, food, and a jackpot up to $1,500! Proceeds benefit Thurmont Community Ambulance. View the advertisement on page 31 for more details.

Graceham Moravian Church

Join Graceham Moravian Church on December 5 for its Served With Grace Free Dinner, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Candlelight Services will be held on Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest

Have the exterior of your home or business in Emmitsburg decorated by December 11 and be entered in the 2022 Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest! Judging will be December 11 through December 18 in three categories: Most Creative, Most Traditional, Best Business. Cash prizes for winners! Interested in being a judge? Contact the town office. View the advertisement on page 9 for more information.

Christmas Spirit In Emmitsburg

December 5th is the Town of Emmitsburg’s Christmas tree lighting, starting at 5:00 p.m. DJ and Christ Community Church children’s choir perform at 5:45 p.m., the Emmitsburg Community Chorale performs at 6:00 p.m., and Santa and the tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. at the community center. This year, a special tribute to our sister city Lutsk in Ukraine will be incorporated into the program. Then, everyone will go down the street to the Evening of Christmas Spirit festivities at the Carriage House Inn on S. Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg for An Evening of Christmas Spirit. View the advertisement on page 9.

Thurmont United Methodist Church Events

Mark your calendars for Thurmont United Methodist Church’s upcoming open and free services and programs for the community: Clothes Closet Christmas Giveaway on Monday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m.; Help save lives and donate blood on December 10, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (sign up online at View the advertisement on page 8 for more information on events and Christmas Services.

Tyrian Lodge Beef Raffle

The Tyrian Lodge is holding a Beef Raffle, benefitting Masonic charities. Winners will receive a gift certificate to Shriver’s Meat in Emmitsburg. The cost is only $5.00 per ticket! Drawing will be held no later than January 12, 2023. View the advertisement on page 22 for prize amounts and ticket contact information.

Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament For Sale

The Thurmont Lions Club is excited to announce their 14th annual Christmas ornament! Once again, the ornament features the beautiful artwork of hometown artist, Rebecca Pearl, in her painting titled “Christmas Comes To Thurmont.” It depicts a scene of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (as portrayed by John & Karen Kinnaird) in the Square Corner Park, listening to the Christmas wishes from a line of boys and girls and more!

These ornaments sell fast! To purchase, call Lion Susan Favorite at 240-409-1747 or Lion Albie Little at 301-271-2134. Leave your name and phone number. The ornaments are $10.60 each (tax included). Orders may be picked up in the lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont between the hours 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, or Thursday, December 8. View the advertisement on page 50 for more details.

Christmas Exstraganza

Make a gingerbread house, play bingo, hear a story, and much more at the Christmas Exstraganza at First Baptist Church on Sunny Way in Thurmont on Saturday, December 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free. View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

Museums by Candlelight

Come out to Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums on Saturday, December 10, from noon-7:00 p.m., for Museums by Candlelight. Explore holiday traditions while taking a self-guided tour of the museum facilities. This is a walk-in event and free to everyone. View the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

Vigilant Hose Co. New Year’s Eve Bingo

Save the date for Vigilant Hose Company’s New Year’s Eve Bingo on Saturday, December 31, at the Vigilant Hose Activity Building on Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with games beginning at 8:00 p.m. Dinner platter included in ticket price: $50.00 in advance. Bingo features four $1,000 jackpots! Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase during breaks. View the advertisement on page 15 for more details.

Harriet Chapel Christmas Services

Come celebrate the birth of Christ at Harriet Chapel in Thurmont on Christmas Eve: Carol Sing at 7:00 p.m.; Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

Lewistown UMC Presents Christmas Concert

The Lewistown United Methodist Church in Thurmont is holding a Christmas Concert, featuring the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, on Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family! Enjoy light refreshments. A free-will offering will benefit the chorus. View the advertisement on page 30 for more information.

The Amish Outlaws

Get your tickets today to see The Amish Outlaws on Saturday, December 10, with DJ Fire, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; music is from 9:30 p.m.-midnight; DJ Fire is from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Cash bar will be available, and the kitchen will be open, as well as tip jars and 50/50. View the advertisement on page 41 for information on how to get your tickets!

Weller United Methodist Church Christmas Services

Come join Weller United Methodist Church in Thurmont to celebrate the Christmas season! Christmas Eve: Worship Service, Potter’s Hands Puppets and Special Music at 7:00 p.m.; Worship Service with Special Music, Choir, and Handbells at 9:00 p.m. December Worship Services: December 4—8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; December 11—8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; December 18—Cantata 10:00 a.m.; December 25—10:00 a.m. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House

ThorpeWood on Mink Farm Road in Thurmont is holding its free Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; and Sunday, December 18. Event times are 2:00-8:00 p.m. Santa will visit the lodge each date, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun, music, cookies, and more! Please bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

Emmitsburg Community Chorus & Christmas Eve Service With Free Dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown presents the Emmitsburg Community Chorus on Saturday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m. Luminaries will be on display at 5:30 p.m. On December 24, come out for a service of lessons, carols, and Communion at 5:00 p.m., followed by a free fried chicken dinner, with cheese platters, cranberry relish, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate, and water. View the advertisement on page 39 for more information.

Trinity UCC’s Slippery Pot Pie Sale

Call and place your orders for chicken or ham slippery pot pie by Monday, December 5, with order pickup on Wednesday, December 14 at the church, located at 101 East Main Street in Thurmont. View the advertisement on page 14 for order contact information.

Christmas in Rocky Ridge

Bring the whole family out for Christmas in Rocky Ridge on Friday, December 9, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the tree lighting (at 7:00 p.m.), the Sauced Savage BBQ truck, a train display, making S’mores by the fire, crafts, free cookies and hot chocolate, and more! Event is sponsored by the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. View the advertisement on page 15 for more information.

Helen Xia, CHS Student Writer

As autumn arrived with lowering temperatures, beautiful crisp weather beckoned our visits to the numerous festivals held amid this breezy season! Thurmont’s Catoctin Colorfest, Sabillasville’s Mountain Fest, Rocky Ridge’s Ridgefest, Fort Ritchie’s Fall Fest, and Catoctin Furnace’s Fallfest, are only a handful of the invigorating events that filled our festival schedule in October. 

This year for Colorfest, while I was excited about the lemonade, the crafts, and everything in between, I was anticipating something more: the people. To say there were a lot of people would be an understatement. It is estimated that about 100,000 people attend Colorfest each year, with over 100 vendors in the official Colorfest area alone.

Usually, I would be so eager to eat the delicious food and examine the vendors’ products that I would forget the memorable souls behind those goods. I’m proud to announce that this year marks the end of that era. I felt more fulfilled this year than in all of my past years of Colorfest after insightful conversations with the sellers. Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the artists’ creations and the enticing food stands! After strolling around the buzzing official Colorfest area in the Thurmont Community Park, I ate my annual Italian sausage, gleefully. (It’s a tradition: Colorfest Italian sausages are a must in my book.)

The people at Colorfest were lovely. As a student member of the Thurmont LEO Club, I’ve volunteered for the Lions Club booth for two years now, and it was outstanding to experience what we students are capable of contributing. I was always told that by volunteering, we are forwarding the Lions Club’s mission, which is to serve communities and the world. Despite this, this year is the first year I’ve believed it. Just inside the booth, I listened as Lions discussed donations for organizations such as Second Chances Garage, a local charity dedicated to providing affordable transportation to those in need. They have awarded nearly 300 vehicles to families in Frederick County. Wow, I thought to myself, it feels like we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves. It was a great thought to have, and I’ve found that I often crave that feeling after experiencing it: the yearning to do my part for my community.  

Not only were the Lions commendable, but the beautiful inclination to be a part of something greater was rampant in other student volunteers in the Lions Club stand, too. I certainly wasn’t alone!

“I volunteer to help people in the community and to get experience in hard labor,” explained fellow LEO Club member and Catoctin High School student Jonathan Guldan.

Another admirable student, Danielle Remsburg, shared similar sentiments: community service, while beneficial for high school, is also an opportunity to have fun and better the community.

Being a leader, I’ve learned, doesn’t always mean changing the world, but rather changing your world. I encourage you to change something for the better in your world today. It could be something as simple as celebrating a loved one’s birthday or leaving a generous tip for your server. That’s enough to brighten somebody’s day, which is enough to become somebody’s hero. Consider being a hero for your community.

Communities, from what I’ve observed, seem to influence much of what we do. For instance, Laurie Hessong of LunaSea Creations—a vendor at Colorfest who specializes in unique decorative pieces—described her favorite aspects of participating in the two-day festival: spending time with her daughter, learning about so many new people, and sharing what she loves to do with the world. Other artists conveyed comparable perspectives. Specifically, they mentioned how it’s a joy to share what they’re passionate about with the rest of the community. It was thrilling to ponder the power the fleeting festival holds. Like a magnet, it draws people in and vitalizes our social circles.

Sabillasville offered its 46th Mountain Fest and Car Show on October 8 and 9. Hosted by Sabillasville Environmental School’s Parent Teacher Organization, the Mountain Fest and the Car Show attracted hundreds of visitors with over 20 vendors, book fairs, carnival games, and more. The event was a fantastic opportunity for some family fun and to support local businesses and the new Sabillasville Environmental School. Plus, the parking was free! I’ve been to car shows in the past, and even eight-year-old me was fascinated by vintage automobiles. They are “timeless.” 

In Rocky Ridge, the Willing Workers sponsored Ridgefest on the weekend of October 8 and 9. Ridgefest celebrates the traditions in the Mount Tabor Church Park, the park is also known as “the home of the big wooden slide.” The apple butter boiling, home-cooked food (such as breakfast bowls and pie), set our mouths to watering, and multiple vendors displayed their wares for all to enjoy.

Fort Ritchie arranged its second annual Fall Fest on October 14 through October 16. This festival had numerous attractions, including a Farmers Market, beer and wine vendors, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, family games, and even an arm-wrestling contest. On the 15th and 16th, over 60 fall craft bazaar vendors flourished in the Fort Ritchie Community Center. There was no shortage of handmade creations, perfect holiday gifts, home decorations, children’s toys, and more!

Violet Baldwin of Baldwin’s Gallery is a local artist representative/broker who participated in Fort Ritchie’s Fall Fest. She participates in many festivals to market her artists.

“There are several aspects to my business,” Baldwin commented, “craft shows are one aspect.”

You may have seen her at the Emmitsburg Heritage Days, an annual festival in Emmitsburg at the end of June. After the festival season comes to a close, you’ll see Baldwin set up at a weekly market booth located in Gettysburg. This allows her business to “go from inconsistent to consistent” from the outdoor weather-impacted space to the indoor space. She described her close bond with her broker enterprise, which she has worked on diligently for ten years, as a “happy marriage.” “I’ve always been a salesman. It’s my ‘drug of choice’ – sales! It’s in my nature and helps artisans.” 

Another artist present at Fort Ritchie’s Fall Fest, Jeanne Harshman, has done various shows and holds an open house at her studio in Wolfsville to display her artworks. Previously, she was also a vendor at the Thurmont Art & Wine Stroll. Her brothers and nephews bring her feathers to use in her intricate paintings.

In the town of Thurmont, the Catoctin Furnace hosted Fall Fest on October 7 and 8. This Fall Fest offered traditional apple butter boiling in a copper kettle over an open fire and blacksmithing demonstrations, all for free. Plus, you could tour the museum of the Ironworker and other historic buildings.

Perhaps under the smell of candles, baked goods, and smoky meats, something else lingers in the air: the invaluable sense of community, connection, and belonging. It’s apparent we love our festivals. With so many celebrations, it’s difficult to not look forward to the rest of the year!

Aaron Bittner and his father, Jim Bittner, show their Model A Ford at the Sabillasville Mountain Fest Car Show, held annually on the grounds of the Sabillasville Environmental School.

Jeanine Harshman with Middlepoint Studio shows her arts and crafts at the Fort Ritchie Community Center’s Fall Craft Show. Photos by Deb Abraham Spalding

Protecting Your Cash Assets

Richard D. L. Fulton

(Reporter’s Note: A former fraud specialist with a nation-wide bank contributed information for this article on condition of anonymity.)

Every year, Americans face an ever-increasing number of attempts to steal their money by email, mail, over the phone, and door-to-door in-person efforts. While senior citizens seem to be the preferred victims, victims in 2021 ranged from ages 20 through the “over 60s” age groups.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently reported that more than 92,371 senior citizens alone last year were bilked out of a total of $1,685,017,829 a 74 percent increase over the 2020 total, according to Fox News. On the other end of the spectrum, the 14,919 victims under age 20 lost a total of $101,435,178.

While seniors are the “preferred” victims sought out by the criminals—especially since so many are now online and might not be especially internet-savvy—anyone can become a victim of these crimes.

The FBI has categorized the crimes by type: tech support fraud, confidence fraud/romance scams, lottery/sweepstakes/inheritance, government impersonation, and other forms of theft/fraud.

Tech Support Fraud 

Criminals will impersonate representatives of major technical support companies, claiming to need to repair (non-existing) issues on one’s computer.  The amount the criminals have scammed from victims has risen from $38,400+ in 2019 to $237,931+ in 2021.

Confidence Fraud/Romance Scams 

Confidence fraud/romance scams involve taking advantage of victims through online romance schemes, “designed to pull on a victim’s ‘heartstrings.’” Romance scams involve establishing a “serious, personal” relationship with the intended victim, then asking for money for some fictitious medical emergency or some other reason. The criminal usually claims to be in another country or in the military, thus avoiding having to meet their intended victim in person.

A typical confidence fraud includes “grandparent scams,” in which someone claims to be a person in authority and/or a relative, whose name they even provide, who is in need of bail or emergency assistance. In 2021, victims lost a total of $6.5 million to such schemes.

Also included are confidence fraud/romance scams or sextortion, wherein someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if their demands are not met, according to the FBI.  In 2021, victims lost a total of over $3 million.


These types of scams extend almost to the advent of email, with many of them originating in Nigeria.  This entails notifying the victim that they have won a big contest, lottery, or sweepstakes (that the victim did not enter) and that in order to claim their prize, the victim is required to pay upfront fees and taxes (sometimes in repeated installments). Because of the early warnings that went out on these scams, losses reported at $53,557 in 2019 dropped in 2021 to $35,744.

Government Impersonation

Government impersonation scams involve emails, mail, or phone calls by criminals claiming to be with official agencies (frequently the IRS). They have even involved threats of physical harm or imprisonment if the victim does not remit immediate payment, according to the FBI. 

Other Forms of Theft

Other forms of theft include employing the use of a “skimmer” that can be placed by the criminals inside any machine (for example ATMs) that reads one’s debit or credit card information and passes it on electronically to the criminal.  The criminals have reached a degree of sophistication now, in that they can fabricate a card using a victim’s information, including the chip contained within it.

Another theft involves “phishing,” which is the term used to describe a theft by which the victim is directed to click on a link provided (or call a number provided), often claiming they need to access the victim’s bank account to make a direct deposit or correct an erroneous charge that had been made to the victim’s account.

Typical red flags include the criminal requesting that payment be made in cryptocurrency or gift cards or payments be made through Zelle or wired. Payments made via any of these methods are almost never recoverable.

No government agency will send warnings or notices by email. No entities are going to ask you for codes (bank account or gift card) or sensitive information (your password or PIN) over the phone or by email, or ask you to download an “app” in order to accomplish an exchange of money.

If anything appears the least suspicious, call or go to the bank before acting. A bank manager can even lock your account to prevent any damage while the bank investigates. Local police or deputies should also be put on notice.

For FBI updates on internet-related scams, visit

BY Terry Pryor

Writer, Poet, Life Coach, and Student of the Mind

Note: This is the ninth month of action described in a series of motivational articles. Take some time each month to complete these action items, and you’ll see a “New You” emerge. Enjoy!

Power Action #9: Your Own Reality TV Show

This amazingly powerful process is one in which you can involve the whole family. The more energy focused on the perfect you (and more than one family member can strive to become the best “you” they can), the better. Think about it. Your family definitely has an interest in your perfection. If you’re happy and prosperous, everyone else benefits too. No one enjoys a “grump” arriving home every evening, complaining about his or her day, wishing things were better and having no energy to enjoy the evening with the rest of the family.

Here’s how you can get everyone involved and have fun at the same time. Create your own reality TV show by getting a large piece of cardboard—your new TV screen—or even one for each person. Collect newspapers, magazines, and catalogs you get in the mail. Choose pictures (or draw) and words that exemplify what you want your life to contain when you reach perfection.

What will you do with that perfect income as a family? Go on family vacations, find the new house, build a swimming pool in the backyard, buy a boat for weekend getaways, plan a trip to someplace new, even a trip around the world!

Find those pictures or words and put them on your new TV screen.

Kids can place their own desires on their very own picture board. They may envision a new bike, computer, tent and camping equipment, soccer camp—whatever they want—they can cut out the pictures and place them on their own picture board. Include empowering words cut from newspaper headlines, magazines, and catalogs.

I guarantee that once you begin this exercise, ideas will flow and grow.

Kids are great at this! There are no individuals more faith-filled than children. We can learn much from them. Have your children find or draw pictures of what it means to them for you to find the perfect you, and you do the same for them. This might mean a picture of eating breakfast with family; coming home each evening smiling with energy to spare for playing a game of catch; or even driving a cool, new car. If each evening you all bring out your magazines, catalogs, and photos to create your picture boards, the air will begin to thicken with joy, anticipation, and faith. As a family, you will begin to create powerful experiences and habits that will change your lives. This version of a reality show is bound to bring you all closer together. Forget the nightly zoning-out in front of the tube. Get out your picture boards and create the lives you want. What a gift to give a child. What a gift to give to yourself.


I have unlimited choices about what I think. The right choices for me come easily. The Universe supports every thought I choose to think and believe. I choose harmony; I choose happiness; I choose abundance and prosperity.