Come out to the Thurmont Main Street Farmers Market, held every Saturday through September 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-noon, at the Municipal Parking Lot on South Center Street (behind the PNC Bank). Also, celebrate National Farmers Market Week with them on August 12, featuring Detour Winery, music, food, and much more. View the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

You won’t want to miss local talents and fine blue grass music by the Carroll County Ramblers and Hanover Express at the Gospel & Blue Grass Music Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 1:00-6:00 p.m., at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge. Admission is free. View the advertisement on page 18 for more information.

The Up & Out Foundation is holding its 4th Annual Run For Recovery 5K Run/Walk on August 19, 2017, from 8:00-11:00 a.m., at the Monocacy Village Park in Frederick. You also won’t want to miss Chris Herren, Hoop Dreams, at the JBK Theater Frederick Community College (FCC) on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., presented by the Up & Out Foundation and FCC. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

A Bingo to benefit Platoon 22 will be held on September 10, 2017, at the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department on Hessong Bridge Road in Lewistown. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. National Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. Come out for some fun while contributing to this worthy cause. For more information, view the advertisement on page 9 and visit

The annual Rocky Ridge Carnival will be held Monday, August 14 through Saturday August 19, 2017 at Mt. Tabor Park on Motter Station Road in Rocky Ridge. Entertainment includes Debbie Williams & Band on Monday evening, Opening by Faith Boyz at 6:00 p.m. followed by Carroll County Ramblers on Tuesday evening, annual parade followed by The Catoctin Mountain Boys on Wednesday evening, LODI on Thursday evening, The River Band on Friday evening, and The Hazards on Saturday evening. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. See their ad on page 14 for more information.

Come out to vote on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 22 East Main Street in Emmitsburg, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The mayoral seat and one commissioner seat are up for election. The last day to register to vote with Frederick County is August 28. View the advertisement on page 46 for more information and visit

Join the folks from Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home on August 9, 2017, at the Carriage House Inn, starting at 11:30 a.m. to learn about advance funeral planning. Call Michelle Reichart to reserve your free meal and a seat. Reservations are limited. View their advertisement on page 29 or call 410-848-3933.

St. John’s United Church of Christ will host its annual festival on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in the church pavilion, located off Harbaugh Valley Road (behind the church) in Sabillasville. This event features great food, raffles, a bake table, moon bounce, pony rides, live music, and more! View the advertisement on page 14 for more details.

The James H. Mackley Golf Day, sponsored by Thurmont’s Guardian Hose Company, will be held Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Maple Run Golf Course, located at 13610 Moser Road in Thurmont.

The event will be best ball played and will have a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. that morning. This event will take place rain or shine; if the golf course is closed, in that event it will be rescheduled for a later date.

Thank you to the supporters of this event. Because of you, the Guardian Hose Company, Inc., has awarded over $8,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Catoctin High School. The scholarship was awarded to Maybelin Cruz this past year. The Guardian Hose Company will be renewing scholarships for Stephanie Kennedy and Emily Little, again this year.

The Guardian Hose Company will be presenting a scholarship in honor of James H. Mackley’s name to a local graduating student that wants to continue with an education in the public safety field, including fire, EMS, police, and so on.

For more information or if you have any questions, please call 301-271-4289.

The Town of Emmitsburg and the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association present Emmitsburg Recovery Awareness Week, September 11-16, 2017.

The Emmitsburg Recovery Awareness Week is a week of events and activities that will bring awareness and education to the heroin and opioid problem in our community and will raise support for those in recovery.

Events include: kickoff dinner with VIP guest speaker (TBD); film screenings and panel discussion; Narcan training; T-shirt Day; Race Day fundraiser (September 16) for Up & Out Foundation. Proceeds from Race Day event fundraiser and t-shirt sales go to support the Up & Out Foundation. Join them on Facebook: EmmitsburgRAW.

Sponsorships are available for all of the events. Contact Conrad Weaver for more information and for sponsorship packets at 301-0606-7794 or email

The 61st annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School, located at 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont,  on September 8, 9, and 10, 2017. All activities and entertainment are free all weekend!

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 7, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 8, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 8, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m.

On Friday night, the 2017-2018 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. In addition, the 42nd annual community flag ceremony will be held and this year’s program will honor the 50th anniversary of St. John’s Christian Preschool and the 50th anniversary of WTHU Radio. The baked goods auction will begin immediately following the program at 8:15 p.m., and the grand champion cake, pie, and bread will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 9, the show is open from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.  Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing Contest from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the school’s Ag Center.

At 10:00 a.m., the Blue Ridge K-9 will present a dog obedience demonstration and Canine Citizen program on the front lawn of the high school, followed by the Pet Show at 10:30 a.m. Categories include: cat with prettiest eyes; cat with longest whiskers; cutest cat; best trained pet; dog with wiggliest tail; prettiest dog (25 pounds and under); prettiest dog (26 pounds and over); best costumed pet; pet with most spots; largest pet (by height); most unusual pet; smallest pet.

On both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., there will be a petting zoo, farm animals display, face painting by Kathy McBride, and pony rides, sponsored by the Thurmont Riding Club. The farm animals display will include “Abel” a Brown Swiss, who is fourteen years old and weighs approximately 2,600 pounds, owned by Joe and Ruth Biser; Alpacas owned by Lynn Cherish of Baggy Britches Farm, LLC; Emus owned by James and Peggy Royer of Old Orchard Emus; and a sow and litter of pigs owned by Chip Long. John Kinnaird of Thurmont will have many historical pictures from the Catoctin area displayed in the small gym.

At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Elower-Sicilia Productions will have a dance program in the auditorium, and at 4:00 p.m., Noble Path Martial Arts will have a program in the small gymnasium.

The Thurmont Grange will serve its Roasted Turkey and Country Ham Buffet in the school cafeteria on Saturday night from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.   Musical entertainment will be performed in the auditorium by the Catoctin Mountain Boys from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Taylor Brown’s Elvis Tribute Show from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The 43rd annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center.  There will be approximately 8 goats, 9 steers, 22 hogs and 10 lambs for sale by community 4-H and FFA members.  Buyers are welcome to come and support these individuals and their livestock projects.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. with the Dairy Goat Show, 10:00 a.m. is the Dairy Cattle Show and, at noon is the 20th annual Decorated Animal Contest.  All activities are located in the Agricultural Center area.

At noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria.  At 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., the Thurmont Academy of Self Defense will have a martial arts program in the small gymnasium. The 38th annual Robert Kaas horseshoe pitching contest will begin at 1 pm near the softball field behind the school, and the log sawing contest will be held at 1 pm in the Agricultural Center area tent.  Another new and fun feature is a kiddie pedal tractor pull for kids ages 5-10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ag Center area with prizes being awarded.

Musical entertainment in the auditorium will be The Catoctin Mountain Boys will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and Taylor Brown’s Elvis Tribute Show will be from 1:30-3 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the weekend by the Thurmont Lions Club and the Catoctin High School Cheerleaders, while the Catoctin High School Junior Class will be selling ice cream.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 10 between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and please note the new deadline of 6:00 p.m. to pick up items.  Any remaining entries must be picked up on Monday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Ag Department behind the school.

The community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg and surrounding area businesses in early August.  New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, which is the largest in the State of Maryland.   This year, there are changes to the photography department in the junior, youth and adult categories and other minor additions and deletions were made in some of the departments.  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.  There is no entry fee for exhibits.

For more information about this year’s classes to enter and the activities schedule, go to the Community Show’s website at, and click on “Exhibitor Entry List” and “Schedule of Activities,” or pick up a booklet when available in early August.  Entry tags will also be available for exhibitors to complete and bring with their entries at the Thurmont Library, Thurmont Feed Store, Thurmont Economic Development Office and Eyler’s Flea Market located in Thurmont and at E Plus, Jubilee Market and Zurgable’s Hardware in Emmitsburg.

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


James Rada, Jr.

Morris Blake spent decades working in security with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, Francis Scott Key Mall, Frederick County, and Mount St. Mary’s; but, last year, he turned in his badge to become a hair stylist and has never been happier.

Blake, who turns fifty-seven this year, has lived in Thurmont all of his life.

“I live in the same house they brought me home from the hospital to,” Blake said.

He started working for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a ranger at Cunningham Falls when he was twenty-two years old.

One incident he remembers from this time is when he and his training officers approached a man near the dam, who was sitting on the pipe hole. They saw that he had weapons in his vehicle, and they convinced the man to come up from where he was sitting to talk to them.

The man was depressed, but cooperative. When the training officer asked if it would be all right to check the man’s weapons, the man reached into the vehicle, pulled out his shotgun, and racked it.

“They didn’t give up bulletproof vests, but I tell you, every day after that, I wore one,” recalled Blake.

Although this man proved to be harmless, Blake realized that he could easily have been shot, so he went and bought his own bulletproof vest to wear from then on.

After seven years with the State of Maryland, he moved across the road to become a ranger with the Mounted Horse Patrol at Catoctin Mountain Park. He enjoyed working with the horses, in particular, giving rides to handicapped children who came to the park. However, tightening budgets cost the park its two horses, Jimmy and Commander, who were sent to work at the St. Louis Arch National Park.

So Blake moved on to mall security at Francis Scott Key Mall. He found himself moving up quickly in rank (although his duties and pay remained the same). When he asked Director of Security Gary Wood about it, he was told that it was because he was reliable and could be trusted.

When Wood retired, Blake became the director and realized why his work ethic had been rewarded. The younger officers couldn’t be trusted to keep working without supervision. They would goof off or flirt with girls. This meant that Blake wound up working long hours to supervise them. “I became director of security, but the work was sun up to sun down, and I couldn’t take it any longer.”

Blake then served one year in security at the Mount before landing a job with Frederick County at Winchester Hall. Not too surprisingly, the politics of the place seeped down, even to his department, until he could no longer tolerate it. He left after ten years. “I gave up the badge and came to the clippers.”

He decided to become a hair stylist because he wanted a job that would allow him to work with the public and give back to them. He attended school to earn his license and became a barber and stylist at Here’s Clyde’s in Thurmont in March 2016.

He explained that three of the women at Here’s Clyde’s he grew up with, and he looks at all of them as if they were his sisters. He also enjoys seeing people walk into the salon that he hasn’t seen for years.

Besides working in security, he was an organist at the Grotto in Emmitsburg for ten years before becoming the music director at the Fort Detrick Post Chapel, which he has done for the past four years. While the security jobs have been work, the music work has been a labor of love.

Blake doesn’t regret any of the jobs he has done because he learned from all of them. Even when the jobs were wearing him down, he stayed happy for the most part. He continues to be happy with a short walk to and from his job and being able to spend time with friends, new and old.

Morris Blake is shown at Here’s Clyde’s in Thurmont, where he works as a  barber and hair stylist.

Work is ongoing to try and save as many of the Community Park ash trees as possible. The trees were damaged by the emerald ash borer.

The town was able to get good pricing on the preservation of the trees, because the town piggybacked on other contracts for other municipalities.

Last year, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources identified 270 ash trees in the park. Of this amount 74 were determined to be “hazard trees” due to the damage that was caused to them by the emerald ash borer.

“It’s not the feeding on the leaves by the adults that damage and kill the trees, it’s the egg-laying process and then the nymphs when they hatch and they’re feeding under the bark and cambium tissue,” said Chris Klimas, with the Davy Tree Expert Company. The damaged trees can’t get enough water to replace what they lose due to evaporation, and so they die.

Not all of the hazard trees need to be removed. Forty-four trees were initially recommended for treatment, which involves injecting trees with Arbormectin. It takes about three days to disburse through the tree and will protect it for two years. Klimas said that the 44 trees that were treated are “looking very good.” They won’t need to be reinjected in 2018.

Some trees still need to be removed, but far fewer than originally expected. “A lot of the other trees are still hanging in there pretty good, which really amazed me because of the mortality on the other side of Route 15 on the mountains,” Klimas said.

However, he pointed out that the trees will soon start dying. The town has a six-month window once the trees start dying to remove the trees with climbers, rather than removing them with more-expensive means. So far, 48 trees have been removed.

Treatment will also be expanded to another 73 trees that can be treated and possibly saved. These trees will need to be retreated in 2019.

Some trees will eventually need to be removed, but treatment also helps with these trees by delaying their deaths. This will allow the town time to spread out the costs of removing the trees.

Klimas also recommended that the replanting of the lost trees start this fall. It was pointed out that the town has already replanted 75 trees in the park.

“I would definitely go with very diverse species,” Klimas suggested.

Some of the species he suggested include red oak, pin oak, maple, and tulip poplar. He said that two-inch to four-inch diameter trunks would probably be the best size, because these smaller trees survive transplant shock better.