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Frederick Health, the largest healthcare provider in Frederick County, is pleased to announce that it is now offering ION Lung Biopsy procedures to patients in need. This minimally invasive biopsy tool can detect even the smallest traces of lung cancer in patients.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with an estimated 130,000 deaths expected in 2022. In Frederick County, cancers are the second leading cause of death.

“Frederick Health is leading the way,” said Dr. Maurice Smith, Medical Director of Chest Surgery with Frederick Health. “This piece of equipment gives us the ability to biopsy smaller nodules, as well as provide an earlier diagnosis and peace of mind.”

ION is the most accurate and scientifically advanced equipment available for performing lung biopsies, and Frederick Health is the first community healthcare system in the state of Maryland to offer this technology to patients. By making the biopsy a more comfortable patient experience, Dr. Smith hopes to boost earlier detection and treatment rates in the community.

“This technology really puts the patient experience first, without incisions or needles,” added Dr. Smith.

As with most cancers, detecting lung cancer early is the key to an increased survival rate.

“The simple truth of the matter is that early detections save lives.”

To learn more about Frederick Health’s cancer treatment programs, please visit

Frederick Health provides comprehensive healthcare services to the residents of Frederick County. The system includes Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick Health Medical Group, Frederick Health Employer Solutions, Frederick Health Home Care, and Frederick Health Hospice. Frederick Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty practice, with more than 100 providers, 17 specialties, and multiple locations across the county. The system has several ambulatory care locations, the freestanding James M Stockman Cancer Institute, two urgent care locations, and the Frederick Health Village.

With over 4,500 team members, Frederick Health provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness

services to support its mission to positively impact the well-being of every individual in our community.

On April 25, Thurmont Grange held its annual Community Citizen Dinner. Michael and Amy Jo Poffenberger were the evening’s honorees. They were recognized for their never-ending dedication to our youth and agriculture in our community. Currently, Amy Jo is an ag teacher and FFA advisor at Catoctin High School, and Michael is the parts manager at Fitzgerald Auto Mall. In addition to their full-time jobs, they are involved with Farm Safety Camp, Ag Week at the Mall, City Streets Country Roads at The Frederick Fair, Frederick County Farm Museum, Frederick County Farm Bureau, Frederick County Young Farmers, 4-H, and FFA, where they advise, coach teams, plan trips to state and national FFA conventions, assist with butchering, and help with plant sales and fruit sales to raise funds for the FFA Chapter, just to name a few events and organizations to which they donate their time. Several people spoke on their behalf, and all expressed how Michael and Amy Jo have made such a positive and life-long impact on their lives.

Michael was described as being “very good at teaching and explaining how to do things and a great planner and organizer.” Amy Jo was referred to as “amazing and supportive.” The countless hours this couple spends volunteering and giving back to our community is truly extraordinary. Thurmont Grange could not think of two people more deserving of this recognition.

Pictured from left are Grange President Bob Wiles, Amy Jo Poffenberger, Michael Poffenberger, and Grange Lecturer Niki Eyler.

A group of Lions members attended the Thurmont Town Meeting on April 26, 2022. Lion Mark Long announced the Thurmont Lions Club 2022 Volunteer of the Year, Cindy Poole, who makes a difference in the Thurmont community. She serves as the coordinator of the Thurmont Green Team and does an exceptional job in this role. Cindy coordinates the Community Gardens at Carroll Street Park and lines up volunteers to help maintain them. She can be seen pulling her wagon around town with painting supplies, painting storm drains. There are so many activities around town that Cindy can be seen coordinating or working on. She is a true “lead by example” leader, and Thurmont is very fortunate to have her as such a dedicated and selfless volunteer. The Thurmont Lions Club would like to say, “Congratulations and thank you, Cindy, for all that you do.”

Cindy received a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift card to a restaurant, and a $400 donation to a charity of her choice: The Green Team.

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church in Thurmont. Visit or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at or 240-288-8748 for more information.

Pictured from left are Lion Mark Long, Cindy Pool, Commissioner Wayne Hooper, Lion Dianne McLean, Mayor John Kinnaird, Lion Joyce Anthony, Lion Gayle DiSalvo, Commissioner Wes Hamrick, and Commissioner Bill Blakeslee.

On April 13, Past District Governor Paul Cannada inducted a new member into the Thurmont Lions Club: David Crum. 

Lion Doug Favorite was Lion David’s sponsor. Lion David is married and lives in Emmitsburg. He recently transferred to the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank as their new manager. Lion David is excited to start helping with the fundraisers for the club and the community. Congratulations to Lion David and welcome to the Thurmont Lions Club family.

Pictured from left are Lion David Crum and Lion Doug Favorite.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lions Nancy Echard, Dianne McLean, Gayle DiSalvo, Bev Nunemaker; (back row) Lions Marci Veronie, Joyce Anthony, PCC Bob Muchow, FVDG Nadja Muchow, PDG Paul Cannada, and CS Susan Favorite. Absent from picture: Lions Julie El-Taher, Doug Favorite, Donald Keeney, Jr.

The 2022 Multiple District 22 Convention was held April 22-24, 2022, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The convention was an outstanding event. The Lions Memorial Service, numerous seminars, District luncheons, meetings, candidate’s hospitality rooms and election of incoming officers were well attended.  Past International Director Steven Sherer from Ohio was the guest speaker. PID Sherer’s messages were very informative, full of stories about his wife, Lion Mary Ellen and himself were inspirational.

District Governor presented numerous awards to his cabinet members and throughout District 22-W. Lion Joyce Anthony was named to the District 22-W Honor Roll. This award recognizes Lions who have rendered outstanding service to their club and their community at the “grass roots” level over an extended period of time, who exemplify the spirit of Lionism through their unselfish dedication, and who are deserving of District-wide recognition for their efforts in support of Lionism. The Thurmont Lions Club had 13 members attending the convention.

AMVETS Post 7 Ladies Auxiliary presented a donation of $3,000 to the Thurmont Lions Club for “Wreaths Across America,” working together to make sure our Veterans are honored for their service and never forgotten.

Pictured from left are Julie El-Taher, “Gold Star Mom” and the incoming president for 2022-2023 for the Lions; AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Betty Lou Toms; and Carie Stafford, program director of “Wreaths Across America” for the Lions Club.

Frederick Health is a national leader for patient care and a recipient of the Healthgrades 2022 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™. This places Frederick Health among the top two percent of all hospitals for clinical care and patient outcomes across treatment of the most common conditions and procedures. Frederick Health has received the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for three consecutive years (2020-2022).

“Frederick Health is honored to be recognized as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 best hospitals in the nation. Being named one of America’s 100 best hospitals, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is a true testament to the skill and dedication of our award-winning team. I am very proud of what Frederick Health has been able to accomplish and of the continued care that we bring to our families, friends, neighbors, and community,” said Tom Kleinhanzl, president & CEO of Frederick Health.

Methodology Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals, with data insights not available anywhere else. To assess overall hospital performance, Healthgrades reviewed outcomes across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. Recipients of this award have consistently delivered better than expected outcomes for their patients.

Impact America’s 100 Best Hospitals award recipients are making an impact. From 2018-2020, patients treated in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades top 100 hospitals recognition, on average, had a 25.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 17 rated conditions and procedures, where mortality is the outcome*. In fact, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to Frederick Health and other 2022 Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 162,830 lives could potentially have been saved from 2018-2020.*

Frederick Health has also received the: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ (2019-2022); America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ (2020-2022); America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries™ (2020-2022); America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ (2017-2022); America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Surgery™ (2021-2022); Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2019-2022); Neurosciences Excellence Award™ (2021-2022); Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (2016-2022); Critical Care Excellence Award™ (2016-2022); Surgical Care Excellence Award™ in 2022.

Frederick Health is the only hospital in the State of Maryland to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care Awards in 2022.

“We are proud to recognize Frederick Health as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for 2022,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “As an America’s 100 Best hospital, Frederick Health’s clinical performance and patient outcomes outpaced nearly all other hospitals in the country. We believe these distinguished hospitals are leading the industry and setting the standard for providing safe and quality care.”

With tools like hospital ratings and awards, Healthgrades helps consumers make confident healthcare decisions by enabling the evaluation and comparison of hospital performance to find the highest quality care. Visit’s-best-hospitals for an in-depth look at Fredrick Health’s performance and profile to explore the highest quality care in Frederick today. Consumers can also visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three year estimates for Medicare patients only.


 Mayor John Kinnaird

Hopefully, we are now enjoying a beautiful spring! As you are aware, we had frost well into April and snow on the 18th. Mother Nature seemed to be having trouble deciding when to move on from winter.

The improved weather will get everyone outdoors for yard work. The Town of Thurmont will be picking up grass clippings on Monday mornings. This pickup is for grass clippings and leaves only, with no sticks, root balls, dirt, or stones! Please have the yard waste in paper bags by 6:00 a.m. for pick up and keep the bags under 40 lbs. The yard waste drop-off site on Moser Road will be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon on May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11. The yard waste site accepts grass clippings, leaves, shrubs, sticks, and tree limbs up to six inches in diameter. We ask that you use paper bags or that you empty your plastic bags, then remove the bags. We do not accept tree trunks, large root balls, or fencing.

Our parks will also be getting busier with the nice weather. Picnic pavilions can be reserved by calling the Thurmont Town Office at 301-271-7313. Please be watchful when driving near or through our parks; children are not always aware of their surroundings.

The Thurmont Little League and the CYA are getting up to speed and offer great opportunities for our children to participate in group sporting activities. Be sure to stop and watch them play this season; the kids will be happy to see you in the stands. The Thurmont Little League is making much-needed improvements to the restroom facilities at Leisner Field.

CYA football recently completed the construction of a new field house, including a meeting room, storage area, and a press box. The town had the newest football field resurfaced and seeded in anticipation of this year’s schedule. All of our youth sports organizations would be very appreciative of any financial support you can provide.

The update to the Thurmont Master Plan is nearly complete and should be approved by the board of commissioners. This update is two years in the making and has involved many steps, including more than a dozen dedicated planning and zoning meetings, several public hearings, and reviews by the state and county. I want to thank the members of the Planning & Zoning Commission; our planner Chris Jakubiak; and town staff members, Kelly Duty and Jim Humerick, for all the time and thought they have invested in this document.

The Thurmont Board of Commissioners is wrapping up the budget considerations for the fiscal year 2022-2023. The budget gives us a fiscal plan for the year ahead, based on expected revenue and expenses for our general fund, electric department, water department, and wastewater department. The budget is crafted with input from the department heads and our Chief Financial Officer Linda Joyce. As mayor, it is my responsibility to introduce the proposed budget to the board of commissioners, and after their review and recommendations, we will adopt the budget. The new budget will take effect on July 1, 2022.  

Spring will bring a great time to Thurmont and all of our residents. I hope everyone has an enjoyable month ahead.

Have any questions, suggestions, compliments, or concerns? I can be reached at 301-606-9458 or by email at


 Mayor Don Briggs

I recently had the opportunity, along with other county municipal leaders, to meet USDA Rural Development/Department of U.S. Agriculture, Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small. The event was held at a midday gathering at the South Mountain Creamery in downtown Frederick. The event was hosted by our to-be 6th District Congressional Representative David J. Trone, who was in attendance with members of his staff. Most questions fielded by both centered around scrambling to staff and pay for the ever-increasing load of regulatory demands being placed on municipalities.

The town project to replace 122 curb ramps throughout the town with the American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant ramps is now complete. It was about a year-long project. Thank you to all for your perseverance.  Added to the project, with efficient management savings, are funds for the stormwater piping along Cedar Avenue (southside of community center) to South Seton Avenue. Installing a sidewalk over new piping is planned for the town’s 2023-2024 fiscal year. The estimated project cost of $623,000 will be funded by a state-administered, federal community block grant. Congratulations to the town staff for applying, assisting the contractor, and overseeing the project.

The final phase of planting 250 trees of the town’s 3,300+/- native-tree program was completed by approximately 50 volunteers on the beautiful, sunny Saturday morning of April 16. This was the day the town designated to celebrate Arbor Day this year. All 3,300 trees are planted on 11 acres of town-owned land by our wastewater treatment plant on Creamery Road (east side of U.S. 15). Thank you to Town Clerk Julie Scott and Town Planner Zach Gulden for working with Streamlink Education, which managed the plantings funded by a Chesapeake – Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund grant. The plantings are one of the town program accomplishments to meet the state-mandated time phase MS-4 requirement.

Also in planning is the North Seton Avenue Green Street project. The streetscape project is part beautification to replace bare, open concrete/asphalt culvert with improvements to include sustainable plantings designed to impede the flash-flood storm sheet flow that, on more than one occasion over the years, has contributed to flooding at the base of Federal Avenue-North Seton Avenue and limiting access through the area and entry into the Northgate subdivision. Adding to the practical aspects of the design will be 23 designated on-street parking spaces. The estimated project cost of $291,000 should be 100 percent funded by a Chesapeake Trust Community Legacy Federal Flood grant. The Green Street Project is planned for 2023-2024 fiscal year.

NEW: Pickleball is now part of the array of town outdoor activity offerings. The tennis court in Meyers Community Park has an overlay imprinted of the smaller 20-feet wide by 44-feet long pickleball court over the tennis court. The lines are only visible from close-up and should not affect tennis play. It is a game that has caught on with seniors that uses the same net height as tennis, played with a wiffleball.  

New sidewalk connections, new bleachers at ball fields, new family picnic gazebos, and now pickleball. Soon, there will be a new paved parking lot at Memorial Park, while all the time continuing to work on the existing infrastructure.

Memorial Day cookouts and graduations are almost here. Things are good. Keep in your thoughts and prayers the people of Ukraine.

by James Rada, Jr.


Town Increases Tax Rate

The Thurmont Board of Commissioners voted to increase the town’s property tax rate from $0.2992 to $0.3206 per $100 of assessment. Because of growing assessment of real property in town, this will generate an additional $129,291 in tax revenue that will help offset the rising inflation costs and their effect on costs to run the town. Even with the increase, the town will continue to have one of the lowest tax rates in Frederick County.

Town Maintains Its Tree City USA Status

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has named Thurmont a Tree City USA for the sixth year in a row. Towns can earn this designation by having a board or department that cares for trees, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and a proclamation and observation of Arbor Day.

Mayor John Kinnaird said in a news release, “I am very pleased that we have achieved this level of tree care here in Thurmont. Our staff and volunteers have done a great job planting trees, maintaining them, and working hard to ensure that our trees remain healthy for future generations.”

Thurmont also received the Growth Award for the second year in a row. It recognizes the work Thurmont has done to build a sustainable community forestry program.

Town Has Board of Appeals Vacancy

The Town of Thurmont has a vacancy on the board of appeals. If you are a town resident and would like to serve, submit your interest in writing to Becky Long at You can also drop off the letter at the town office.

Town Approves New Trash Contract

The Thurmont Mayor and Commissioners voted to continue using Ecology Services Refuse and Recycling as the town’s trash hauler. The contract is a lump-sum bid of $339,199 for a two-year agreement.


Town Maintains Tax Rate

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners voted to maintain the town’s property tax rate at $0.3464 per $100 of assessment. Because of growing assessments of real property in town, this will generate an additional $26,414 that will help offset the rising inflation costs and their effect on costs to run the town.

License Plate Readers Coming to Emmitsburg

License plate readers are coming to Emmitsburg to assist police with investigations.

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners voted Monday 4-1 to approve a contract with Applied Technology Services of Middle River for advanced license plate readers. The contract is for $42,140.

The recommendation is supported by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, who believes the readers will help with investigations, according to Town Manager Cathy Willets.

Madeline Shaw, town grant administrator, noted these are not speed cameras.

The proposed locations for the plate readers are East Main Street (near East North Avenue), West Main Street (near Warthens Court), and South Seton Avenue (near Pizza Hut). However, the police will be consulted before the readers are placed.

Commissioner Joseph Ritz III voted against the contract, saying he was unsure how beneficial it would be.

Town Participates in Water Assistance Program

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the town’s participation in the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program during the April town meeting.

Maryland was allocated more than $14 million through the program, which is funded through December of 2023. Eligibility requirements include submitting a current water and/or wastewater bill, showing accrued past-due bills of at least $100. Total household income cannot exceed 60 percent of the state median income. One bill account per service address per utility is eligible. Applicants must provide proof of residency and live in Maryland.

Eligible residents will receive a one-time grant ranging from $100 to $2,000. The money can be put toward residential water and/or wastewater accounts with past-due bills. It is paid directly to the utility supplier.

Visit, click “home energy/water,” then “apply for energy assistance” to reach the application.

Brookfield Parcel Rezoned

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners approved a zoning map amendment that will allow for the construction on seven new houses on the west side of town.

They will be added to the Brookfield subdivision. The subdivision has about 117 houses already. The rezoned property is 2.85 acres on Timbermill Run.


Burgess Heath Barnes

I hope all of you had a Happy Easter, and all the children, teachers, and school staff enjoyed their spring break. I am excited to share with you all that the Town of Woodsboro and the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department were able to put on a very successful first Town of Woodsboro Easter Egg hunt on April 9. Volunteers stuffed and hid about 1,900 eggs, and we had around 150-200 children show up to hunt them. In addition, the fire department supplied nine grand prizes to be given out. I personally had a great time being one of the Easter bunnies and seeing the joy on so many children’s faces. This event would not have been made possible without donations from the following business: Gardner’s Garage, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Woodsboro Bank, as well as many donations from town and surrounding area residents. Thank you to all who supported this event.

At the April 12 town meeting, we had a few things on the agenda. The first one is that our ad for a part-time code enforcer/supervisor job will be posted beginning April 28, as we had a delay in getting it ready. Applications will be taken and interviews begin shortly after for qualified candidates until the right candidate is identified.

I announced that the town has received notification that the grant for the town office that I submitted through Senator Hough and Delegate Pippy was approved, and $400,000 dollars has been added in the governor’s budget toward our town hall. I am very excited about this development, as this will save the town a lot of money in its endeavor to build a much-needed town office. We are still having difficulties with the county in receiving permits, but hopefully things will start moving soon.

On April 25, the application process will end for businesses to apply for the COVID-19 grant that the town is giving out to qualified businesses. The grant is for up to $5,000 dollars per business. We plan to meet with the committee to make the determination of the award on April 28 and to distribute the funds at the following town meeting on May 10.

I am very happy to announce that the American Legion’s annual Memorial Day Parade will be back this year after a couple of years of hiatus due to the pandemic. The parade will take place on Main Street in Woodsboro on Sunday, May 29. The events of the day will begin at noon, with a memorial service taking place at the war memorial on Main Street, followed by the parade at 1:30 p.m. We invite you all to make plans to join us.

I also want to congratulate and mention Dalen Hahn, a Woodsboro resident who is a senior at Walkersville High School and was awarded the Winona “Winnie” Crum Rookie of the Year Award on April 18, 2022, during the annual Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association banquet. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work.

As always, I encourage everyone to support Glade Valley Community Services (GVCS) if you have clothes or food donations, as they are always in need of items for members of the community. For more information, please contact GVCS by email at or call 301-845-0213.

If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or compliments, please feel free to reach out to me at or by phone at 301-401-7164.

Woodsboro Town meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. In addition, Planning and Zoning meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, as needed. If you have an item for the agenda, it needs to be submitted 14 days before the P&Z meeting. The current location for meetings is the St. Johns United Church of Christ, located at 8 N. 2nd Street in Woodsboro. The public is always invited to attend.

Tom Ward

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services recognized Vigilant Hose Company personnel Monday morning, April 25, 2022, for their efforts in rescuing two individuals trapped in a house fire on March 29 in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. A Unit Citation was presented for “The quick and decisive actions displayed by the personnel on Ambulance 69 and Engine 61 [that] significantly contributed to the positive outcome of this incident and make those recognized most deserving of this Unit Citiation.”

The crew on E61 (Engine) included Assistant Chief Josh Brotherton, EMS Captain Frank Davis and FF Michael O’Donnell.  While enroute they were updated by a Fairfield volunteer (Chad Fogle) who lives nearby that there were two people trapped on a porch roof and there were heavy first conditions surrounding them. 

E61 arrived and dropped their supply line down the driveway and proceeded with A69.  Assistant Chief Brotherton instructed FF Arrowood off of A69 to put the deck gun from E61 into service and begin hitting the fire. AC Brotherton and FF O’Donnell began placing ladders against the trapped occupants and removed them from the roof where they both received care from FF Hartlaub on A69 and the medic from Adams Regional EMS. 

“As chief of Vigilant Hose Company I want to again personally commend these crews and all the membership for the outstanding job you do every day to protect Emmitsburg and the surrounding communities,” Chief Chad Umbel said.   

“As President of the VHC I am extremely proud of what our members do each and every day in partnership with our DFRS partners assigned to Emmitsburg. We are proud to provide Fire/Rescue/EMS services to Emmitsburg and surrounding communities and are grateful for this outcome.  Having state-of-the-art apparatus and equipment is key to our operation and we are grateful to the Emmitsburg community and all our supporters for enabling us to do what we do,” stated Tom Ward.

Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services recognized Vigilant Hose Company personnel with a Unit Citation. Pictured from left are Frederick County Fire Chief Tom Coe, FF Michael O’Donnell, Frederick County Deputy Chief Steve Leatherman, FF Danny Hartlaub, EMS Captain Frank Davis, FF Tyler Arrowood, VHC Assistant Chief Josh Brotherton, Frederick County Volunteer Services Deputy Chief Shane Darwick, Frederick County Deputy Chief Kenny Poole, VHC Chief Chad Umbel.

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show committee met recently to begin planning the 66th Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show. The show will be held at Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont, on September 9-11. Officers elected at the meeting were: President—Rodman Myers, Vice President—Cheryl Lenhart, Secretary—Karen Myers. Committee members, representing the sponsoring organizations of the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, and the Catoctin FFA Alumni & Supporters are: Bob Valentine, Sue Keilholtz, Robert Wiles, David Harman, Niki Eyler, Ray Martin, Carol Long, Cathy Little, Chip Long, Bobby Myers, Denise Valentine, Amanda Dennis, Helen Troxell, Nancy Wine, Patty Johnston, Jim Barth, Kay Barth, Andrea Mannix, Amy Jo Poffenberger, Barry Burch, Daniel Myers, Dallas Hassel, Danny Whetzel, Eric Troxell, Jennifer Martin, Kolton Whetzel, Matthew Dellinger, and Tyler Wolf.  

Entry of exhibits will take place in the new gymnasium and agriculture department area on Thursday evening, September 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (note the new start and end time), and on Friday, September 9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Commercial exhibits may be set up on Friday, September 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show opens to the public at 6:00 p.m.  

This year, the Friday night Opening Ceremonies Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. (note the new start time for program), with the community organizations flag ceremony, followed by the 2022-2023 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador announcement. The annual Baked Goods Auction will begin immediately following the program at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cakes, pies and breads will be sold at 8:00 p.m. 

On Saturday, September 10, the show is open from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.   Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine Fitting and Showing Contest, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the agriculture center area. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. outside at the front of the school, and prize money will be mailed to the winners by November 15, 2022. 

Entertainment events on Saturday, September 10, at both 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the auxiliary gym, will include a martial arts demonstration by the Thurmont Academy of Self Defense; at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium, the Linda Elower Studio of Dance will have a performance; and at 6:00 p.m., Richard Troxell, Thurmont native and tenor soloist, will have a musical performance in the auditorium. All entertainment and events throughout the weekend are free.

The 48th Annual Catoctin FFA Alumni & Supporters Market Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine Sale will be held on Saturday night, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the agriculture center area. All buyers are welcome to attend and purchase animals at the sale, which are exhibited by 4-H and FFA members.  

On both Saturday and Sunday, the petting zoo will be held in the agriculture area, and there will also be face painting and pony rides.

On Sunday, September 11, activities begin in the agriculture center area at 9:00 a.m. with the Dairy Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Cattle Show.   The Decorated Animal Contest will begin at 11:00 a.m., with prize money to be awarded to participants.

The 37th Annual Log Sawing Contest will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the agriculture center area, with categories consisting of two-person women’s team, men’s team, men and women’s team, and a children’s division.  

A Pedal Tractor Contest (for children ages 5-10) will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the agriculture center area tent. At 1:00 p.m. will be the 41st Annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest near the softball field.

Additional activities throughout the weekend include food trucks and food stands, the Thurmont Regional Public Library’s annual book sale, Quilt & Afghan Show, and Thurmont area historical photos by John Kinnaird.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 11, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. (note the new deadline to pick up items). Winning exhibitor’s prize money will be mailed by November 15, 2022. 

If you would like to be a new advertiser in the Community Show’s booklet, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104 to obtain advertising information. Past advertisers should have recently received letters for this year’s advertisements, with a May 17, 2022 deadline. By early August, the Community Show booklets will be available in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and surrounding area businesses. New and all residents of our community are urged to enter exhibits (no entry fee) and be a part of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, the largest community show in the State of Maryland. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department, and Youth Department.  Please visit their website for updated information at

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni & Supporters, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

Richard D. L. Fulton

The Thurmont Green Team held its annual Green Fest on April 9, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Regional Library, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The event was co-sponsored by the Town of Thurmont, the Green Team, and the Thurmont Regional Library. More than 600 individuals were estimated by event organizers to have attended the event, despite the potential forecast for rain, according to Green Team Chairwoman Cindy Poole.

Mayor John Kinnaird, Town Chief Administrative Officer Jim Humerick, and Cindy Poole, among others, provided opening comments to the event. Kinnaird expressed his wishes that more individuals and businesses would find ways to incorporate recyclables into their crafts and products. More than 30 organizations provided displays, demonstrations, and activities geared to educate the public, regarding products utilizing recyclables and repurposing non-recyclables and the best sustainability practices regarding the environment.

Display and demonstration highlights included electric vehicles and information provided by Criswell Chevrolet. Displays were provided by the Sierra Club, Frederick County Master Gardeners, Catoctin Forest Alliance, Baywise, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Frederick County Office of Recycling & Composting, Frederick County Beekeeping Association, Frederick County Forestry Board, Maryland Department of Natural Resources “Scales & Tales,” and Mystic Meadows Sanctuary.

Activities and programs that were offered included tree planting demonstrations, paper fish crafts, electronic recycling drop-off (more than 2,000 pounds of electronic equipment was accepted), chalk-drawing, and beekeeping instructions, along with seed, gray dogwood, and button bush giveaways. Food and beverages were made available at the Thurmont Lions Club food trailer.

A decorated rain barrel, donated by the county Master Gardeners for the event’s raffle giveaways, was won by Alison Wogatske, while gift bags containing “nature-themed” gifts were won by Hannah Buckley, Jeremiah Mathews, Dana Crum, and Bob Allen.

Also featured, were programs and nature trail activities in the recently completed Library Nature Trail (also known as the Library Loop Nature Trail), a project which was established by the library and runs from the library grounds to the Thurmont Trolley Trail.

The trail features educational mini-wayside markers, each containing nature-themed information, photographs, and illustrations. In addition to the site being made available for the trail by the library, the Eagle Scouts and Class of 1961 donated towards the completion of the trail, with trail assistance provided by Frederick County Public School SUCCESS students, according to Catoctin Forest Alliance President Jim Robbins. Robbins told The Catoctin Banner that the trial, initially established in 2018, was dedicated in November 2021, and that the mini-wayside markers were actually completed “a couple of weeks ago.”

The Thurmont Green Team is managed by the Town of Thurmont via their Main Street program.  Team members include Cindy Poole, Anita Phillips, Christine Maccabee, Bobby Myers, Sabrina Massett, Amie McDaniels, Jim Robbins, Marilyn Worsham, Thurmont Economic Development Manager Vickie Grinder, and Thurmont CAO Jim Humerick.

To volunteer assistance in Green Team efforts, contact the organization by email at

Emily Ramsey and Renee Delauter greet attendees at the Thurmont Green Team Green Fest, held April 9 at the Thurmont Regional Library.

Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird and Chief Administrative Officer James Humerick provide opening remarks at Green Fest.

Green Team Chairwoman Cindy Poole stands with a rain barrel door prize, donated by the county Master Gardeners, at Green Fest.

Thurmont Green Team member Marilyn Worsham stands at the organization’s informational display inside the Thurmont Regional Library.

On Monday, March 28, Thurmont Grange # 409 hosted its Annual “Antique” Roadshow, with all the evening’s proceeds being donated to Sabillasville Environmental School (SES), a charter school focused on agriculture and the environment. 

The Roadshow attendees brought a wide variety of antiques and collectibles to be evaluated by our local experts, David Hunt and Lisa Cantwell, who graciously volunteered their time. Everything from butter churns and postcards to jewelry and artwork, and everything in between, were examined and evaluated. 

All guests enjoyed listening to the stories and history behind these items and learning the potential value and professional opinions of both David and Lisa. As our experts explained, sentimental value and actual value are not the same, and condition is everything when it comes to appraisals.

SES PTA President Alisha Yocum was present to receive the $500 donation Thurmont Grange was able to raise, thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended the Roadshow. 

If you are interested in joining Thurmont Grange, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-606-9221 or email Like them on Facebook.

Pictured are Thurmont Grange President Bob Wiles and Sabillasville Environmental School PTA President Alisha Yocum.

Putting into action the organization’s motto of “We Serve,” members representing two Frederick County Lions Clubs recently came together on a service project when 311 students at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg received vision screenings performed by Lions members on two dates in March. Over 59 Lions service hours were spent on this effort. This was the sixth year for the joint screening effort which had been suspended after the 2020 screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The children were brought to a non-invasive testing station utilizing PlusoptiX S12C eye-vision technology to capture an image of the children’s eyes and automatically determine whether a vision impairment, such as near- or far-sightedness or astigmatism, was present. The tester holds the unit approximately one meter from the child and asks the child to focus on the smiling face on the front of the camera. At the completion of the testing, younger children received a Lion sticker to indicate they had completed the screening process.

The parents/guardians of all children tested received written test results to indicate whether their child was recommended to see a vision professional for a potential problem or was unable to be screened. While the vast majority of children passed, readings obtained by trained Lions indicated that some of the children needed to be seen by vision professionals for potential vision abnormalities. The advanced technology of the PluxoptiX camera provides readings that are printed out either on a label which is attached to the letter for use by the vision professional of the parents’ choice.

Lions members participating in the screenings included: Bill and Rachel Wivell from the Emmitsburg Lions Club; and John Aulls and Lynn Stimmel from Francis Scott Key Lions Club.

Child care centers or organizations that want to learn more about the Lions pre-school vision screening program or to schedule a screening should contact Emmitsburg Lion Bill Wivell at or 301-473-2275, or Francis Scott Key Lion John Aulls at or 301/662-2360.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with almost 1.45 million members in approximately 47,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.  Since 1917, Lions Clubs have assisted the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.  Lions Clubs are comprised of individuals who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. The two clubs involved in the screenings have long histories of community service: Emmitsburg since 1982, Francis Scott Key since 1959. If you want to help your community and have a roaring good time doing it, consider becoming a Lion. There are a number of Lions Clubs in the Frederick County area; for information on becoming a Lion, contact the Emmitsburg Lions at or Francis Scott Key Lions at

Emmitsburg Lion Bill Wivell, Francis Scott Key Lion Lynn Stimmel (holding mascot Leo), Emmitsburg Lion Rachel Wivell, and Francis Scott Key Lion John Aulls (with the PlusoptiX S12C camera).

Part 3 of 3

Submitted by Joan Bittner Fry

From History of Maryland Classis of the Reformed Church in Maryland by Rev. Guy P. Bready (1938)

The establishment of an old folk’s home at Hagerstown was a Synodical Project from the beginning, but it has a special meaning for Maryland Classis for the reason that the funds for its founding and maintenance were given by a delegate elder from one of its Charges; because it is situated in Maryland Classis territory and a majority of the members of its board are either members of Classis or are members of its congregations.

The project had its beginning in 1924, when Mr. George C. Pearson, delegate elder from the Cavetown Charge, asked Classis to overture Potomac Synod to establish an old folk’s home somewhere within the territory of Synod. The overture, which reached the Synod in due time, received favorable attention, but Synod took no action to proceed with the undertaking because there was no immediate prospect of adequate financial support.

After Mr. Pearson‘s death, it was found that he had bequeathed almost his entire estate to the Synod for the support of a Home.  In Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1930, Synod elected a board of directors, which soon secured a charter and proceeded to administer the funds received from the estate in accordance with the wishes of the donor. By April 15, 1931, the amount received from Elder Pearson’s estate was $82,761.22.

After a number of locations had been considered, the board of directors purchased a property in the southwestern suburbs of Hagerstown for $14,950. The old folk’s home, under the name of “Homewood” was dedicated June 7, 1933, in the presence of members of the Potomac Synod. February 1, 1937, Rev. Walter R. Hartzell became the home’s first superintendent. The president of the board of directors was Rev. Scott R. Wagner of Zion’s Church in Hagerstown. Mr. Eugene A. Spessard of Cavetown, the late Mr. Pearson‘s home, was secretary of the board.

Homewood at Frederick first operated as a nursing home in 1979 in the former Francis Scott Key Hotel in downtown Frederick. It moved to its current location in 2000. Homewood at Crumland Farms provides residential options for independent and assisted-living retirees, as well as those in need of health care services.

Since 1932, Homewood communities have been revolutionizing the way people view aging. America’s older adults are more active than ever, so Homewood has adapted to their changing needs by creating amenity-rich campuses that cater to virtually every preference. Homewood was founded in 1932.

Today, five communities are owned and operated by Homewood Retirement Centers, Inc. Those five are Homewood at Williamsport in Williamsport, Maryland; Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick, Maryland; Homewood Communities at Plum Creek in Hanover, Pennsylvania; Homewood at Martinsburg, in Martinsburg, West Virginia; and Homewood at Spring House Estates in Everett, Pennsylvania. From humble beginnings, this enterprise has touched many people thanks to the generosity of a true Christian, Mr. George C. Pearson.

James Rada, Jr.

Northern Frederick County lost a landmark last month when the Shamrock Restaurant was torn down. It gives the west side of Route 15, north of Thurmont, an empty look.

The 2.7-acre property sold last year to Two Farms, Inc. of Baltimore for just under $4 million. Two Farms is a holding company for properties for Royal Farm Stores.

Royal Farms is a convenience store/gas station chain, much like Sheetz and Rutter’s. It is well known for its fresh-cooked chicken. The chain has been around since 1959 and has 205 locations in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The building had to have asbestos removed earlier this year. Site work for the new Royal Farm Store will now begin. It is expected to be built between the old Shamrock Restaurant and Franklinville Road.

Traffic flow in and out of the location and across Route 15 is expected to complicate things.

It is believed that the Franklinville Road crossover of Route 15 will have to be closed and northbound traffic rerouted to Route 15. This has yet to be determined, though as things still seem in the early stages.

Photos by Kirby Delauter

Gene Long of Lewistown celebrated his 95th birthday last month on March 2 by bowling at the Walkersville Bowling Center. The WWII Veteran was joined by family and friends, including his sister, Gloriae Green, who celebrated her 93rd birthday on March 19. Despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer and Stage 4 bone cancer, Long still enjoys bowling weekly.

“It’s something I could do, and I like beating my friends,” he said. He said he used to be pretty good, and he won three tournaments in the past.

It’s also something he’s been doing regularly for more than 75 years.

“Once it’s in your blood, it’s something you want to do,” Long explained.

Jaxen Rhone (Sabillasville Elementary) and Lyla Zelenka (Catoctin High) were the winners of the Thurmont Lions Club’s Essay Contest. Both winners read their essay in the March Lions meeting. The elementary contest theme was “If I were a mouse in Benjamin Franklin’s pocket,” and the middle/high school essay theme was, “How I keep service alive in my community.” Both winners were presented with a certificate and a cash award!

The 66th annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 9-11, 2022, at Catoctin High School, located at 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont.  

 Entry of exhibits is on the evening of Thursday, September 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on the morning of Friday, September 9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.   

On Friday evening, September 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, the Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador Program, Community Organizations Flag Ceremony, and Baked Goods Auction will be held.   

The Catoctin FFA Alumni & Supporters’ Market Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine Show will be held in the school’s Agriculture Area on Saturday, September 10, starting at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday evening in the Agriculture Area, the Market Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine Sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. for the awards ceremony; the sale will begin at 6:45 p.m. Buyers are welcome!

Further information regarding activities and times will be forthcoming, once finalized. Some activities planned include pony rides, log sawing, pedal tractor pull, petting zoo, pet show, decorated animal contest, and horseshoe pitching contests.

Letters regarding advertisements to area businesses will be mailed out shortly for inclusion in the 2022 Community Show book. If you are a new business or would like to advertise this year and have not received a letter, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104 for further information. 

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni & Supporters, Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board.

James Rada, Jr.

As we move into spring and the trees on Catoctin Mountain and around Northern Frederick County turn green, Thurmont is not overly worried about the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer is a beetle that is native to eastern and southeast Asia. It was first discovered in the United States in 2002 in Michigan, and it quickly spread from there, appearing in Maryland the following year. The Emerald ash borer is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 30 states.

“It has about a 98.8 percent mortality rate for ash trees, so you are not going to have any survivability,” Lou Meyer with Davey Tree Experts told the Thurmont Mayor and Commissioners during a town meeting.

When it first appeared in Thurmont, town staff worried that Community Park would be hard hit because it has around 170 ash trees.

“We wanted to avoid losing all the trees, if we could,” said Thurmont Chief Administrative Officer Jim Humerick.

Davey Tree Expert Company was hired in 2016 to start treating the ash trees. It was done with a select group at first, but as the treatment proved effective, more ash trees were treated.

The treatment is a two-step process, with trees being given a pesticide injection one year and a soil booster of pesticides the following year. The two treatments work together to repel the beetle. It continues back and forth until it is determined not to be needed.

“We are seeing a very high success rate with those treatments,” Meyer said.

They have also seen an unexpected benefit.

“Interestingly, some of the trees that aren’t being treated are showing some response as well,” Meyer said.

Since the trees’ root systems connect beneath the ground, apparently, nutrients are getting transferred between trees and providing some residual protection to ash trees that haven’t been treated yet.

While this treatment has been used in different areas, Thurmont is where it has had the greatest success, cutting the mortality rate from 98.8 percent to around 7 percent.

If Thurmont hadn’t started treating its ash trees, Community Park would be looking like a soccer field, according to Meyer, rather than a healthy woodland.

“Until we confirm that there is not a large infestation around us, we are going to keep doing the treatments,” Humerick said. This could be some years yet since Catoctin Mountain is full of untreated ash trees that will feed the beetles and keep them in the area.

The treatments cost Thurmont around $20,000 a year. While replacing dead trees would be cheaper, they would not be fully mature, tall trees like the ones in Community Park. It would take years, if not decades, for replacement trees to truly replace the ones that might be lost.

Luckily, it doesn’t seem residents will have to wait. Community Park is still providing plenty of shade.

Pastor Mark Hosler recently retired from the Germantown Church of God, where he had served as pastor for 15 years. A celebration of his ministry was held on January 9, when the church presented him and his wife, Sue, with a monetary gift and an etched glass desk plaque.

After his retirement at the end of January, Pastor Mark and Sue moved to northwest Pennsylvania to be closer to their two sons and their families.

Since Pastor Mark’s retirement, the church, located at 16924 Raven Rock Road in Cascade, has called Pastor Linda Rosenberry as their interim pastor.

Pastor Linda is serving part-time until the next full-time pastor is identified. She brings with her almost 50 years of experience, serving alongside her husband, both in the local church and at an administrative level in the Churches of God General Conference. She also worked for 17 years for the Cumberland County CASA Program in Pennsylvania, retiring as the Outreach Coordinator in charge of recruiting and training volunteers to advocate for abused and/or neglected children. She still serves as a volunteer for that organization. She and her husband, Ed, have five adult children and two grandchildren.

While the Germantown Church has closed twice due to COVID-19 restrictions, they have held in-person services for most of the past year. With the lessening of COVID-19, the church is anxious to reactivate many of its activities.

During Holy Week, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m., with feet-washing and communion. On Easter, the church will hold a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in the cemetery and a Celebration Service at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. More information is available by calling 301-241-3050

The officers for the Lewistown Ruritan Club were installed at the March meeting by Trevella Foster, Ruritan Zone 3 Governor.

The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Lewistown United Methodist Church in Lewistown.  The club is a service-oriented club that provides financial support for many local community functions, as well as the annual scholarship program for local students. New members are welcome.

If you are interested in membership with the Lewistown Ruritan Club, contact Frank Warner at 301-898-5650.

Pictured from left are Frank Warner, President; Jim Brown, Vice President; Trevella Foster, Zone 3 Governor; Loberta Staley, Secretary; Odale Martin, Treasurer; Richard Rippeon, Director; and Ron Gartrell, Director. Not pictured: Randy Green, Director.

Courtesy Photo

The American legion Post 168 and BSA Scout Matthew Place and prospective Eagle Scout of Troop 270B collaborated on a project that has been needed in the Thurmont community. Many people contact the American Legion to ask what they should do with their worn/damaged American flags. The answer is that they should be retired in a solemn, dignified way such as a ceremony. The American Legion Post 168 holds such a ceremony once a year, with the assistance of local Scout troops.

Where can you drop off your worn/damaged American Flag? This question now has an accessible answer. The Thurmont community can now drop off worn/damaged flags around town, thanks to Matthew Place. Matthew, a prospective Eagle Scout, took on the challenge of designing, obtaining materials, and leading the building, painting, and detailing of four American flag drop boxes that will be placed at Hobbs Hardware, ACE Hardware, Gateway Candyland, and the Thurmont Police Department for community members to drop off their worn/damaged flags.

On behalf of the American Legion Post 168, “Thank you to BSA Scout Matthew Place, BSA Scout Troop members 270B & G, the Best Family, the Young Family, the Resch Family, ACE Hardware, Hobbs Hardware, the Whetzel Family, and the Place Family for helping this desired project come to fruition.”

Pictured from left are Nicolas Middendorf, 1st Vice Commander;  Allen Middendorf, Sargent at Arms; Matthew Place, BSA Troop 270;  David Place, BSA Troop 270; Carie Stafford, BSA Troop 270 & 2nd Vice Commander; Gary Spegal, Treasure; Debra Middendorf, 3rd Vice Commander

Cub Scout Pack 270 held their annual Pinewood Derby on February 26 at the American Legion Post 168 in Thurmont. Cub Scouts are given a derby kit, and they are encouraged to build and design their own derby car any way they would like, within the established guidelines. Scouts raced and competed to be the winners in their prospective age brackets. The top three in each age bracket will move on to the Super Derby on April 9 in Frederick.

Windsor Racing participated this year, bringing one of their full-size race cars, which was parked out front of the legion during the Pinewood Derby.  Cub Scouts were able to ask questions and get pictures taken with a genuine 1999 Mazda MRX race car. It was one of the highlights of the day.

Congratulations and best of luck to the 18 boys and girls of Cub Scout Pack 270 who will move onto the Super Derby on April 9.  Thank you to Windsor Racing and all the adults who volunteered their time to ensure an exciting and safe Pinewood Derby.