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Vendors Needed for National Night Out 2019

Vendors are needed for Emmitsburg’s National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Event will feature music, food, crafts, police K-9 demonstrations, and more! View the advertisement on page 24 for more details and to find out how to apply for your vendor space today!

Thurmont Senior Center’s 50’s Sock-Hop

The Thurmont Senior Center will be holding a 50’s Sock-Hop on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Event is sponsored by the Thurmont Lions Club. Come out for some great fun, plus hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and drinks! View the advertisement on page 8 for more information.

Annual Thurmont Firemen’s Carnival

It’s that time of year to mark your calendar for the Annual Thurmont Firemen’s Carnival, July 8-13, 2019, at the Guardian Hose Carnival Grounds on E. Main Street in Thurmont. Enjoy live music, rides, games, raffles, food, a parade (July 11), and much more! View the advertisement on page 8 for more information and for how to pre-order and purchase your tickets today!

Camps at YMCA of Frederick County

Summertime if for fun at the YMCA’s many summer day camps and sleep-aways camps. View the advertisement on page 22 for information on where you can find the right summer camp for your kids!

Classic Car & Truck Show

Thurmont AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 7 presents a Classic Car & Truck Show on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family out! Event will also feature food, Chinese auction, raffles, music, and much more! View the advertisement on page 10 for more information.

Keysville Grace UCC Annual Community Day

Bring the whole family out for Keysville Grace UCC’s Annual Community Day on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Event features a tractor show & ride, music, games, food, and more! View the advertisement on page 61 for more information.

Thurmont Ambulance Company’s First Annual Car Show

You won’t want to miss Thurmont Ambulance Company’s First Annual Car Show on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Event Complex. Registration fee is $15.00 and includes one meal. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 registered vehicles. The Car Show will also feature DJ Entertainment, food, door prizes, swap meet, 50/50, games, and much more! View the advertisement on page 26 for more details.

Live Entertainment at Shamrock Restaurant

Mark July 5 and July 17 in your calendars and come out to Shamrock on those nights for live entertainment: July 5—Forever Young, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; July 17—Wherligig, 5:30-8:30 p.m. View the advertisement on page 28 for more information.

Emmitsburg Community Pool Party

Join Emmitsburg for its Community Pool Party on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is just $1.00! Enjoy swimming, hot dogs, games, music, and Rita’s Italian Ice. View the advertisement on page 8 for more information.

Thurmont Lions Club Sandwich Sales

The Thurmont Lions Club is holding its sandwich sale at Bell Hill and Rt. 15 in Thurmont on July 6, 2019, as well as in July and August. Sale features pit beef, pork, ham, and turkey sandwiches. View the advertisement on page 2 for additional dates.

Rolling River Rampage VBS

Weller United Methodist Church and Thurmont United Church of Christ invite all children in Pre-K through fifth grade to Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School, the week of July 29-August 2, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Children will enjoy music, puppet performance, crafts, games, meals, and much more! View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

Frederick County Parks & Rec Summer Camps

Register today for one of the many summer camps offered through Frederick County Parks & Recreation, held at various locations throughout Frederick County. View the advertisement on page 41 for more information.

Thurmont Main Street Farmer’s Market

Come out to the Thurmont Main Street Farmer’s Market this summer, every Saturday through September 21, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Want to become a vendor? Call Vickie Grinder at 240-626-9980. View the advertisement on page 26.

A Day in the Park Summer Rec Program

The Town of Thurmont presents A Day in the Park Summer Rec Program this summer in the Thurmont Community Park, July 22-25, July 29-August 1, and August 5-8, from 8:30 a.m.-noon each day. The program is for children entering grades first through eighth and offers fun themes and activities for each day! View the advertisement on page 25 for more details, and for how you can register your child today!

Elias Lutheran Church’s Yard Sale

Elias Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg is holding a Yard Sale on July 25-27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will also be a bake sale and food to go! View the advertisement on page 59 for more details.

Election Judges Needed

Election judges are needed for the 2019 Emmitsburg Election. The Emmitsburg Mayor and Board of Commissioners are seeking persons to serve as election judges for the October 1, 2019, town election. Interested? View the advertisement on page 25 for more information.

Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church

Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Thurmont will be held July 15-19, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for grades K-5. An Adult Bible Class will be offered at the same time. Kick-off is Sunday, July 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the church. On Monday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Thurmont Senior Center, the Thurmont Addiction Commission (TAC) will offer a workshop on drug addiction and suicide prevention. In addition, a special musical, In the Wild, will be presented on Sunday, July 21 at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Rehearsals will be before VBS at 6:00 p.m. To register online or for more information, see the church website at View the advertisement on page 14.


The Catoctin Banner is distributed via direct mail to approximately 8,500 households in Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Sabillasville, Cascade, Lewistown, and Rocky Ridge, Maryland. It is placed for free pick-up in surrounding towns in high-traffic areas. Those towns include Woodsboro, Taneytown, Detour, and Smithsburg in Maryland and Blue Ridge Summit, Waynesboro, and Fairfield in Pennsylvania.

Deb Abraham Spalding


Incidents of Lyme disease in people are on the rise in our area, while the incidents of Lyme disease in our dogs are on the decline. Our Blacklegged (Deer) Tick is the culprit. Other local tick species like the Brown Dog Tick and the American Dog Tick are not known to transfer Lyme but can transfer other diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to pets and people.

Pets: Trish Hahn, a veterinary technician with the Catoctin Veterinary Clinic in Thurmont, explains that there’s a 99 percent effective Lyme vaccine available for your dogs, which substantially decreases the incidents of Lyme. There are also various flea and tick treatments, topical and oral, that are effective as well. These reliable flea and tick products kill the tick before there is a blood exchange, thus preventing disease.

Symptoms of Lyme disease in a dog are lethargy, loss of appetite, and kidney damage if left too long without treatment. From the point of the bite, symptoms may begin within 24 hours. Trish explained that we don’t see Lyme disease in cats.

People: Jenice Palachick, CRNP (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner) in Dr. Cooper’s office in Thurmont, formerly worked with Dr. Timothy Stonesifer at the Cumberland Valley Parochial Medical Clinic in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Stonesifer runs his clinic as a family practice, with a specialty in Lyme. Having prior experience with diagnosing and treating Lyme disease is a useful resource for Jenice while working in general practice at Dr. Cooper’s office, but she often consults with Dr. Stonesifer if she suspects Lyme.

Typical symptoms of Lyme can be difficult to diagnose because they mimic so many other ailments. They include fever, headache, fatigue, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and, about 30 percent of the time, a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Every case of Lyme disease is unique. Thus, treatment for each case is a journey of trial and error. Jenise said, “I’ve been fooled before. It’s not that simple.” The symptoms are so broad, especially in the chronic phase where symptoms have gone on for years.

Jenice suggests that the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is in place when preventing Lyme. When outside in the tick’s natural habitat, wear long pants tucked into your socks. Buy clothes that are infused with pyrethrum, which is a natural repellent to ticks. Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wear light colored clothing. Do a tick check after being outside. Ticks love the scalp, behind the ears, and the groin area. Ticks can be as small as a pin head.


There are three kinds of venomous snakes in our local woods and waterways; rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins. The easiest way to determine how to treat a snake bite is to look at the eyes of the culprit. Venomous snakes have elliptical pupils while non-venomous have round pupils. Venomous snakes have hollow retractable fangs while nonvenomous snakes lack fangs. Venomous snakes have a triangular shaped head while nonvenomous snakes have a rounded head. Please don’t assume that all snakes are venomous, but please do assume that all snakes can bite.

Pets: Though not all snakes have a deadly venom, a snake bite will still cause discomfort and stress for your pet, so please take your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If your pet was bitten by a venomous snake, it will need antivenom.

People: On May 19, 2019, while hiking with her wife Sarah, two dogs and friends, Lindsay Klampe was bitten by a rattlesnake (actual snake shown in photo).  She was wearing shorts and sneakers while hiking from Hog Rock in Catoctin Mountain Park to Cunningham Falls in Cunningham Falls State Park.

Lindsay said, upon feeling the bite, “Adrenaline took over. I jumped and started running.” She ran about a quarter mile from where the bite occurred to the falls parking lot along Route 77. Meanwhile Sarah called 911.

Ambulance personnel transported Lindsay to Frederick Memorial Hospital where, within 1 hour and 15 minutes from when the bite occurred, she was injected with antivenom.

Lyndsay said she plans to get back to hiking, but will wear hiking boots and pants in the future since she feels that ankle-covering boots could have served as a barrier of protection and prevented the bite from penetrating her skin.

UpToDate clinical first aid for a venomous snake bite suggests to keep the victim warm, at rest, and calm while initially elevating the injured part of the body to the level of the heart. Remove any rings, watches, or constrictive clothing from the affected extremity. Rush to the nearest medical facility using emergency medical services.

For Pets and People: In case of a non-venomous bite, clean the wound, apply a clean dressing, and go about your day while monitoring for any changes in condition like swelling, dizziness or clamminess, or changes in breathing. If any of these changes occur, seek medical attention.

In the case of a venomous bite, take emergency action to get to an emergency room where an antivenom can be injected.


The National Park Service has posted bear safety tips on its website. The biggest prevention tip is: Make a lot of noise. The bears in our local parks are black bears. They are not normally aggressive or threatening, and mostly just want to be left alone. So, being a loud hiker or camper will deter their interest. But, if you encounter one, keep in mind that they are more curious than anything. That’s not to say they won’t be aggressive or threatening if they are protecting their young or hungry in pursuit of food, and you get in the way.

People: If confronted with a black bear, stand tall with arms stretched above your head so you appear bigger than you are. Talk in a normal tone to the bear, so it determines that you are a human and not a meal. Stay calm. Do not run away or climb a tree; a bear can do those things better than you.

Bear pepper spray is available for purchase and can be a part of your safety regimen while in the wild. Most importantly, if any bear attacks you in your tent, or stalks you and then attacks, do NOT play dead—fight back!

Pets: If you encounter a Black Bear while with your dog, keep your dog on a leash, calmly control your pet, talk in a normal tone and make yourself big as explained above. Give a Black Bear enough room to retreat since Black Bears usually avoid confrontation.