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The Catoctin Area FFA Alumni & Supporters Livestock Show & Sale for market goat, beef, sheep and swine will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at The Eyler Stables, located at 141 Emmitsburg Road in Thurmont, managed by Wolfe Agricultural Auctions. 

The Livestock Show will be held at 9:00 a.m., with awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. and the livestock sale beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please come out to the livestock show and sale and support our 4-H and FFA youth exhibitors.

On Sunday, September 12, the Dairy Goat & Dairy Cattle show will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the Decorated Animal Contest will be held at noon. 

The Log-Sawing Contest will also be held on Sunday, September 12, at 1:00 p.m., which will have women’s, men’s, and children’s divisions. There will be various food vendors available to purchase food on Saturday and Sunday.

Next year’s Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 9-11, 2022. Exhibits can include any item that has been made since the 2019 Community Show, except for baked products and any perishable items. 

“The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show has been bringing our Thurmont & Emmitsburg communities together since 1957. Please continue to support our local agriculture and area businesses who have advertised in our past Community Show booklets. We thank these organizations who sponsor our annual Community Show: Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin Area FFA Alumni & Supporters, Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board. Next year, we look forward to bringing back the largest Community Show in the State of Maryland.”

The annual Mount Tabor Church Big Picnic and Baby Show was held on Saturday, August 14, at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge, after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. A total of 27 babies—18 girls and 9 boys—participated in the show. The youngest baby was nine-day-old Elijah Pescatore, son of Bryan and Brittany Pescatore of Keymar. Tylee and Leighton Kolb, twin daughters of Krista Kolb, traveled the farthest distance from Leesport, Pennsylvania.  Babies placed in three categories: prettiest girl, cutest boy, and chubbiest baby, in five age categories from 1 day to 24 months old.

There were five babies in the 1-day-to-3-month-old category. The prettiest girl was Saylor Gregory, six-week-old daughter of Danielle and Collin Gregory of Rocky Ridge. The cutest boy was Declan Green, one-month-old son of Travis and Elizabeth Green of Emmitsburg. The chubbiest baby was Kora Potts, three-month-old daughter of Kortney and Robert Potts of Fairfield, Pennsylvania. There was only one baby registered in the 4-to-6-month-old category. The cutest boy was Eli Myers, five-month-old son of Steve and Heidi Myers of Emmitsburg.

Of the six babies in the 7-to-12-month-old category, Addison Staub, 10-month-old daughter of Ashlea and Justin Staub of Thurmont, was judged the prettiest girl. The cutest boy was Michael Patterson, 11-month-old son of Sandy and Michael Patterson from Sykesville. Jolene Brewster, 8-month-old daughter of Charlotte and Peter Brewster of Keymar, was named the chubbiest baby. In the 13-to-18-month-old category, there were 10 babies. June Muse, 16-month-old daughter of Reanna and Hunter Muse of Middletown, was judged the prettiest girl. The cutest boy was Jaxton Hanson of Keymar, 16-month-old son of Emily and Nick Hanson. The chubbiest baby was Grayce Stitely, 14-month-old daughter of Hannah and Cody Stitely of Thurmont.

In the 19-to-24-month-old category, there were five babies. Hailey Wagner, 19-month-old daughter of Tammy Stone and David Wagner of Hagerstown, was named the prettiest girl. Mason Robert Lee Baugher, 19-month-old son of Brandy Garner and Curtis Baugher of Frederick, was named the cutest boy. The chubbiest baby was Coleson Mortorff, 23-month-old son of Deana and George Mortorff of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.

Please come out again next year on the second Saturday of August to Mt. Tabor Park. You may register your baby (or babies) who range in age from 1 day up to 24 months, 0 days.  Watch your local newspaper for more details, including registration time.

The Town of Emmitsburg held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each of four new wayside exhibits on Thursday, July 1, 2021. These new signs comprise phase three of the future historic walking tour for the town: the Armstrong Long Riffle exhibit (121 East Main Street), Emmitsburg Railroad exhibit (300B S. Seton Avenue), Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum’s Volunteers Glass Etching exhibit (300B S. Seton Avenue), and St. Joseph’s House exhibit on the grounds of Seton Shrine (339 S. Seton Avenue).

The Maryland Heritage Area Authorities are partially sponsoring the project through grant funding.

Pictured from left are Mayor Briggs, Liz Shatto (Executive Director, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area), Claire Bodine (The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton), and Frank Schmersal (Fire Museum Curator).

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The Thurmont Lions Club welcomed District Governor Barbara Brimigion to officiate the installation of officers for the year 2021-2022.

District Governor Brimigion expressed to the members that in order to have a successful year it depends upon what individual members are doing to make a difference in  the community and worldwide.  The success of the club depends on its officers.

Pictured from left are: (front row) Lisa Riffle, 1-Year Director; Jan Ely, Dues Treasurer; Julie El-Taher, 2nd Vice President; Dianne McLean, President; Maxine Troxell, Assistant Secretary; (back row) Marci Veronie, 1st Vice President; Susan Smith, Assistant Treasurer; Don Ely, 2-Year Director; George Bolling, 2-Year Director; Doug Favorite, Treasurer; Joyce Anthony, Secretary and Membership Chair; Don Keeney, Jr., Tail Twister; Susan Favorite, LCIF Chair and Immediate Past President; Gayle DiSalvo, Lion Tamer; Bill Reckley, 1-Year Director.

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During the June 23, 2021, membership meeting, Thurmont Lions Club President Susan Favorite presented Lion Joyce Anthony, immediate past president and secretary, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. 

Lion Joyce has demonstrated her commitment to humanitarian service and has reaffirmed her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian objectives.

This is the second Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award that has been presented to such a dedicated Lion.

Pictured from left are Lion Joyce Anthony and President Susan Favorite.

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The Trolley Trail is hosted by the The Thurmont Lions Club. Each year, Scouts BSA Troop 270B and G and Venturing Crew 270 spend an evening cleaning it up, to include wading in the creek to fish out trash. Thank you to the Scouts for helping to keep our environment clean. Find out more about these units at www.thurmontscouting.org. Courtesy Photo

Lion Marci Veronie was recognized by President Susan Favorite as the recipient of the prestige “Lion of the Year” Award for the Thurmont Lions Club.

Lion Marci has been a Lion for only three years, but during this time, she has excelled above and beyond her duties and accomplishments. She is the 1st vice president for the club.

Lion Marci is organizing a “Wag and Wine” project to benefit the Leader Dog program to be held in April 2022. The program was canceled last year due to COVID-19. In addition, she has chaired and participated in many club projects and fundraisers, such as Easter Egg Fundraiser, Leadership Development, Main Street Cleanup, Lions Wear, Nominating Committee, Nursing Home Christmas, Veteran’s Wreath Laying, pit sandwich sales, and so many more. Lion Marci is responsible for the clubs social media accounts.  Congratulations, Lion Marci Veronie!

Pictured from left are President Lion Susan Favorite and Lion Marci Veronie.

Achieving the rank of Eagle is a proud moment for a Boy Scout. On Saturday, May 29, 2021, a celebration was held for two young men from Troop 18. Colin Donatto and Benjamin Geoffroy were honored for achieving this milestone.

The celebration took place at the Germantown Church of God in Cascade.  Colin Donatto is the son of Vino and Ann Donatto. Benjamin Geoffroy is the son of Michael and Lynda Geoffroy. Approximately 75 guests, along with their families, attended the celebration. In their scouting careers, Colin earned 18 Merit Badges, and Benjamin earned 19. As a requirement for being awarded the rank of Eagle, both Colin and Benjamin completed projects that will benefit their communities. Colin created a Prayer Garden on the property of the Germantown Church of God, where he is a member. Benjamin constructed a storage shed for use by Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, which hosts Troop 18. To complete these projects, Colin and Benjamin were required to submit a plan for their projects to the Boy Scout Council. Upon approval, they were responsible for raising funds to pay for the project, and recruiting and leading a crew of volunteers to assist in the completion of the project.

Their families and friends are proud of these young men for reaching this level in their scouting career. Congratulations to them both.

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The Town of Thurmont and the Town of Emmitsburg alternate years on hosting a flag retirement ceremony.

This year, the ceremony was held at Memorial Park in Thurmont, hosted by The American Legion Post 168. After folding hundreds of flags, to include a large Criswell flag (pictured), the Scouts lined up to properly retire our nations colors with honor.

Scouts BSA Troop 1011, 270B & G, Cub Scout Pack 270, Venturing Crew 270, and Girl Scout Troop 81178.

The Red Hat Mama’s enjoy their monthly outing for lunch at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Thurmont: (seating) Gladys Baker, Shirley Riffle, and Ruth Rinehart; (back row) Margaret Cornejo, Lynda Gainor, Marilyn Worsham, Pat Scott, Sandy Powell, and Dottie Bradshaw.

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Scouting is strong in Thurmont! Scouts BSA Troop 270B, Venturing Crew 270, and Cub Scout Pack 270 were awarded Unit of the Year awards in their perspective divisions for the FSK District, NCAC Council.

This is the first time all the 270 units have received this award together.  This award is based on several different categories and is an achievement to earn.

The 270 units work together as a team to ensure each Scout gets the best Scouting experience possible. This award would not be possible without the outstanding volunteer leadership.

Interested in being a member of one of these amazing units? Go to www.thurmontscouting.org to find out more information.

Scouts BSA Troop 270B is chartered by The Thurmont Lion’s Club, Cub Scout Pack 270 is chartered by The American Legion Post 168, and Venturing Crew 270 is chartered by The Thurmont Conservation & Sportsman Club.

BSA Troop 270B, Cub Scout Pack 270, and Venturing Crew 270 for the first time all receive Unit of the Year awards together.

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Cub Scout Pack 270 hosted its bridging ceremony at annual pack campout and Blue and Gold ceremony at the Thurmont American Legion Post 168, June 4-6, 2021. 

This campout is when the Cub Scouts move up/bridge to the next rank in their Cub Scouting program and earn any additional awards. 

Due to COVID restrictions, their annual Blue and Gold celebration (Cub Scout Birthday) usually held in February was postponed and also celebrated at this campout.

Congratulations Cub Scouts on your achievements and bridging to your next rank! Go to www.thurmontscouting.org to find out more.

Lewistown Daisy Girl Scout Troop 81224 had its end-of-year campout in June, learning the Leave No Trace rules on their nature hike, how to make a fire, cooking in the outdoors, safe handling of food, and how to clean up properly. They also learned the history behind our nation’s flag and participated in a flag retirement ceremony.

Special visitors included cicadas, bull frogs, and deer. Congratulations Daisy Scouts and moms for surviving your first campout!

Scouting troops in Thurmont honored our fallen military this past Memorial Day by placing flags on their gravesites and participating in The American Legion Post 168 annual wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day.

Thank you to Scouts BSA Troop 270B & G, Cub Scout Pack 270, Venturing Crew 270, and Girl Scout Troop 81178 for honoring our military so that they are not forgotten.

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Thurmont servicemen Charles Pittinger and Woodrow Carbaugh were remembered last month when the Moser Road bridge was dedicated in their honor. However, their families will soon receive another remembrance. Kellen “Buck” Musser will paint portraits of the two young men for their families.

Musser, 83, has been painting for 20 years. He often paints in watercolor or acrylics, using a palette knife.

“I use every edge of that knife when I paint,” he said.

His paintings are vivid and often look a lot like a photograph. He once spent two-and-a-half hours getting a shoe right in one painting.

Musser is also a 26-year Veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force, serving in Vietnam. He often paints portraits of fallen Veterans for their families and Veterans’ groups. For the many hours of loving work he puts into the portraits, he receives nothing more than a “thank you.”

“This comes from the heart,” he said.

Musser not only paints the portrait, he also has it framed for the family. Over the years, he has painted more than 100 of these portraits.

He remembers the first one he did of David Smith, a Frederick Marine reservist killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Musser spent about 50 hours on the painting. When it was complete, he called Smith’s mother and asked her to meet him.

“I told her I had something very valuable to her that she would want,” Musser said.

They met in a Denny’s parking lot, and Musser took the painting out of his truck to give her.

“Her smile when she saw it… she had tears running down her face looking at it. That made it worth it for me,” Musser said.

Musser grew up in Brunswick. He dropped out of high school and joined the Army. When he retired from the military the first time, he came to Frederick to work as a maintenance employee for the city. After two years, he realized he didn’t enjoy civilian life and rejoined the military.

“In all those places, all those people I met, I never told anyone I was an artist,” Musser said.

He always knew he had an attraction to making art, but he never indulged himself and took classes to refine his skills. That is, until he saw a painting of a vase of flowers with water drops on it. Those water drops intrigued him, and he decided he wanted to learn how to paint.

“It was a gift I was born with, but I had never used it,” Musser said.

He took a class with Diane Simmons at A. C. Moore. Then, he continued taking classes with her, learning all he could, trying different subjects, and challenging himself. He then found a way to combine his love of art and the military.

He does his paintings at his small kitchen table, working from pictures of the servicemen provided by their families.

“I don’t eat at the kitchen table anymore,” Musser said. “It has my work on it.”

His home is filled with his paintings—hung on the walls, in sketchbooks, in stacks around the living room. He also has a book filled with the letters he has received from the families to whom he has given his paintings.

His work has also allowed him to meet some notable Veterans, such as Frank Buckles, the last surviving Veteran of WWI who died in 2011, and Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient.

Buck Musser holds a painting he made for “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor winner. You can see on the wall a self-portrait he did of himself after he joined the Army.

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A wonderful SpringFest event was held over the Memorial Day weekend at the Catoctin View Church. The two-day event in memory of our fallen Heroes was attended by many Thurmont families. Mayor John Kinnaird gave the welcome.

The Catoctin View Church provided activities such as bounce houses, inflatables, foam machines, a 150-foot slip ‘n’ slide, snow cones, a reptile display, pony rides, a yard sale, an antique car display, and free food for guests. 

“This was an opportunity to come out of the house and enjoy the outdoors after a year of not being able to,” said Alvin Payne, Bible Worker for the church.

“It was the first large event post-pandemic in Thurmont that I enjoyed volunteering for,” said Children’s Ministry Director Tina Gagliardi.

The Catoctin View Church is committed to making the SpringFest a yearly event, and adding more activities to it, reminding others that the church is fully open to serve all families in the area.

“We are here to help in any way we can,” said, John Bennet, Vietnam Veteran and First Elder of the church.

Alvin Payne helps Jay T. navigate the largest slip-n-slide foam attraction in Thurmont.

Education Night was held at the Thurmont Lions Club meeting on May 12, 2021, and it was a very meaningful evening for the teachers, students, parents, and administrators from the Catoctin feeder area! Lion Bob Kells Jr., chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented scholarships to five very outstanding students: Isaac Dugan (Lynn Stuart Scholarship), Ethan Burdette, Ava Maze, Savannah Morris, and Dylan Click. Pablo Arriaga will receive his fourth year of the Vic Jagow Scholarship.

Three outstanding teachers were nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award. The teachers recognized were: Katherine Best from Thurmont Elementary, Kristianne Dove from Thurmont Primary, and Sarah Gue from Thurmont Middle School.  Kristianne Dove was presented with the well-deserved 2021 Teacher of the Year award. Thank you to all of the teachers who have worked so hard to continue to educate our youth.

Pictured from left are Jen Clements, principal at Catoctin High; Ethan Burdette; Savannah Morris; Ava Maze; and Isaac Dugan. Absent from picture: Dylan Click and Pablo Arriaga.

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Woodsboro Bank congratulates Steve Ott on his retirement in June 2021.

Ott has been in the banking industry for over 46 years, with 23 at various Farmer’s & Mechanics Bank branches in Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and Frederick Towne Mall, as well as 23 years with Woodsboro Bank. At retirement, Ott had worked 33 total years in Thurmont.

Since joining Woodsboro Bank, he has been the Branch Manager of the Thurmont Branch for many years and oversaw all branch operations.

“I liked working with the people and the community,” Ott said, especially, “being involved with the community activities like the Community Show, the Thurmont Police Shred Events, Thurmont Economic Development meetings, and the Thurmont Business Expos.”

Ott plans on, “relaxing, relaxing, and relaxing,” in retirement. In that order.

“We are very thankful for Steve’s years of service to the Bank and will miss him greatly. We wish him the best in this next chapter of his life,” said Woodsboro Bank President & CEO Steve Heine.

Former Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach and athletic director Jim Phelan passed away in the overnight hours of Wednesday morning, June 16, at his home in Emmitsburg.

Phelan arrived at the Mount in 1954, accepting a one-year contract to lead the team as the youngest coach in college basketball. Forty-nine years later, using fierceness, fearlessness, and humor, he had guided the efforts of the Mountaineers’ men’s basketball program to 830 career victories and 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, he led the Mount to the 1962 College Division National Championship and Final Four appearances in 1957, 1961, 1981, and 1985.

His all-time win total stands 13th all-time in NCAA men’s basketball history, and he was the winningest active coach in the sport from 1997 to 2003, following the retirement of Dean Smith at North Carolina. Beginning his career as the youngest coach in 1954, Phelan ended as the oldest active coach, retiring at the age of 73. His 49 seasons at the helm in Emmitsburg are the third-most for any coach in one single location.

“For 49 seasons, Coach Phelan formed student-athletes who embodied the Mount’s mission statement by having a passion for learning, being ethical leaders, and serving God and others,” Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy Trainor said in a statement. “Everyone who met Jim loved him, especially his student-athletes and his family. He touched the lives of thousands of Mounties and summer basketball camp attendees.”

His coaching had a direct impact on hundreds of student-athletes, both on the court and in the classroom, over the years. Notable success stories include the school’s all-time leading scorer Jack Sullivan ’57, two-time All-American and 1962 national champion John O’Reilly ’63, and 2,000-plus point scorer Chris McGuthrie ’96. All three players have had their jerseys retired at the Mount, along with a symbolic “830” for Phelan. Fred Carter ’69 also has a jersey that hangs from the rafters at Knott Arena. A future NBA standout and coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phelan’s recruitment of Carter to Mount St. Mary’s was instrumental in integrating the college.

Along with his duties as head men’s basketball coach, Phelan took on administrative duties as athletic director. He served in that post from 1967 until 1989, when the Mount moved to Division I, and coached the baseball team from 1955-1965.

A member of 13 Halls of Fame, Phelan has received induction in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame, La Salle University Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, and the Mount St. Mary’s Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Two awards for excellence in coaching are named in his honor: the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award, presented by CollegeInsider.com, and the Northeast Conference’s Jim Phelan Coach of the Year. His home court of Knott Arena, where he monitored from the sidelines for 16 years following the opening of the facility in 1987 to his retirement, is named in his honor, immortalized by a logo bearing his signature bow tie, which Phelan wore for almost every game he coached.

Following his final game on the bench, he remained in the Emmitsburg area for the rest of his life and was a regular attendee at Mount St. Mary’s games and events.

Originally from Philadelphia and a 1951 graduate of La Salle, Phelan served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and was drafted into the NBA in 1953. Following a brief career with the Philadelphia Warriors and an assistantship at his alma mater, he assumed coaching duties in Emmitsburg.

Phelan is survived by his wife, Dottie; four children: Jim, ’78, Lynne, ’79, Carol, ’81, and Bob, ’90; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry, ’87.

Officer First Class Nicole Fair was honored as Thurmont Lions Club “Police Officer of the Year” at the town meeting held on April 20, 2021. OFC Fair joined the Thurmont Police Department in July 2016. She is  a graduate of the Western Maryland Police Academy. She is currently serving as a Patrol Officer and has accepted extra assignments.

OFC Fair took an interest in Juvenile Delinquency and assisted the agency with the adoption of the Juvenile Diversion Program and serves as the agency’s liaison with the State Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Services. She is also the agency’s Gang Coordinator. Among many other duties, she tracks gang activity locally and monitors regional gang intelligence networks. OFC Nicole Fair was presented a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift certificate to a restaurant, and $400 to be donated to a charity of her choice.

Pictured from left are Lion Jonathan Hamrick and OFC Nicole Fair.

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In Thurmont, the idea of a skatepark has been brewing for a while. Recently, the dream for many has become a reality, as the project has been accepted. The community can help support the skatepark by making donations, big or small, to the Town of Thurmont. The donations can be dropped off at the town office or mailed to P.O. Box 17, Thurmont, MD 21788, and should be labeled as “Thurmont Skatepark Construction.” They can also be sent online to the Skatepark’s GoFundMe page.

Not only will this be beneficial for the attractions, but also for all the teens and kids of the community. This skatepark will provide an outlet for young people like myself. This outlet will allow them to express themselves, hang out, socialize, and more. It also allows them to be more involved with the community by making them a part of the project!

This skatepark also adds another activity that provides exercise for the youth and adults. According to Skateboard For Kids, pain tolerance, reflexes, patience, precision, coordination, and stress relief are some of the health benefits that come from skateboarding. So, not only will this benefit their physical health but their mental health as well.

This will also provide a safe environment for those who have built makeshift skateparks at their home and other skaters as well. Although they can still get hurt, the skatepark would provide them with a safer environment compared to the streets, roads, and makeshift parks people use. It would lower the risk of skaters getting hit by cars, running into pedestrians, and any property damage. It not only provides safety for the skaters, but pedestrians will be safer as well.

With this being said, the skatepark cannot be accomplished without the support of the community. If you can donate or help contribute to this project in any way, please consider doing so. The Thurmont Skate Park Committee has bi/weekly meetings on Thursdays in the pavilion behind the Senior Center in Thurmont. For more information, join the Thurmont Skatepark’s Facebook page.

New skatepark logo—congratulations, Jacob Williams, on creating the winning logo.

The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock fishing organization hosted a Wounded Veterans fishing event on May 22, 2021, at the Camp Airy ponds in Thurmont. Total attendance was around 75 with participants noted from La Plata; Washington, D.C.; Quantico; Fort Belvoir; and Walter Reed. Almost everyone caught fish!

Along with the BOJC membership volunteers, special thanks is extended to the volunteers from the Thurmont American Legion Post #168, Rod Gross from the Taneytown Country Kitchen Restaurant, Roy Rogers Restaurant (Thurmont), and contributing families.

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