Theresa Dardanell

The floor of the Sabillasville Elementary gym became the Atlantic Ocean—gymnastic mats were transformed into the Titanic, and ordinary physical education equipment turned into icebergs, lifeboats, and gear to get the students (passengers) to safety. That was only one of the exciting activities during STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Night on May 5, 2017.

Twenty-five families attended the event, which began with a welcome by teacher Melinda Bentz and a pizza dinner served by Principal Kate Krietz and other staff members. Students had the opportunity to visit two of the five stations set up throughout the school. Physical Education teacher Michael Pritt said that the Titanic Challenge gave the students the opportunity to create an engineering strategy and work as a team.
In the Imagination challenge, students used Legos to build a car powered by a balloon. Teachers Tonya Wantz and Shari Austin worked with students to design their cars. One outstanding car traveled 101 inches!

Art teacher Heidi Hench said that the Transportation Creation challenge combined art and math; students used geometric shapes to create and draw different means of transportation.

The computer lab was the location of the Information Station, where Media Specialist Renee Bennett showed students, and their parents, how to use a database to learn more about the Titanic and then use that information to create a fun bookmark.

Thurmont Library staff members Jeannie Read and Shelba Bollinger set up the Engineering Challenge station, where students could design and build structures using everyday items like clothespins, blocks, plastic cups, rulers, and paint sticks. Educational door prizes like Lego, art, and building sets were given out during the evening. One excited student jumped up and cheered as soon as his name was called as a prize winner.

Students were challenged to build the tallest structure during STEAM Night at Sabillasville Elementary School, while parent Kellie Bytella (far right) cheered them on: (back row) Cale Tyeryar and Blair Carpenter; (front row) Brynn Eyler and Giana Bytella.

The 2016-17 wrestling season was a difficult one for the Cougars.  Coach Green, now 144 wins and 99 losses in his ten-year career at Catoctin High School, compiled a 4 and 10 regular dual meet record and an overall season total of 6 and 23, not exactly the stellar returns that Catoctin wrestling fans have grown accustomed to.  For a team that has shared so much success in recent years, these uncharacteristic numbers are both disheartening and deceiving, but do nothing to take away the heart and steadfastness that Catoctin wrestlers possess. Disheartening, because Green and his long-time assistants, Coach Gialanella and Garrett Baer, were permanently hobbled by fielding an ultra-thin line-up, and the shrinking number of participants resulted in forfeiting 36 points per match, making winning as a team next to impossible. Deceiving, because six of eight squad members would win 65 percent or more of their individual bouts, a remarkable statistic considering had Catoctin engaged a complete line up, even with wrestlers losing without giving up pins, the team scores would have been  tighter and, in all probability, more than a few of the losses suffered could have been victories. As a result, the Cougars fell from the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s  overall and dual meet rankings, but did manage to hold onto an honorable mention spot as a tournament team—again, due to the fortitude of the young men representing the team. In head-to-head matches, however, the tough and competent squad fared remarkably well and 14 of the 23 losses suffered this year fell within the 36-point deficit, an attribute to the resolve of the individuals that took to the mat in this year of rebuilding. Of the eight wrestlers on the team, only one failed to advance to the regional tournament, and five qualified for the state championships.

At the Bauerlein duals, the Cougars were victorious in only one match as a team, but individual results were much more positive. Zachary Bryant, the 113-pound junior, swept the competition to remain unbeaten in seven matches. Jacob Baker suffered only a single loss during the tournament, and Wyatt Payne and Josh Small registered only two losses. At the Hub Cup—still regarded as one of the toughest tournaments around—a notable six of eight Cougar wrestlers advanced to the medal rounds, including RJ Monaghan and Jacob Baker, taking 5th place; Ethan Fuss and Wyatt Payne each securing 4th; Joshua Small settling for 3rd place after a loss in semi’s; and Zachary Bryant taking 2nd  place with a loss in finals. Catoctin still placed 8th as a team in a field of twenty-two squads, a testament to the quality and grit of  the Cougar wrestlers. Although the team would win only a single match at the Catoctin duals, the team’s home tournament, the individual wrestlers would continue to perform above expectations. RJ Monaghan would remain undefeated in all eight matches; Ethan Fuss, Zachary Bryant, Jake Baker, and Josh Small would lose only one match apiece.

Frederick County has witnessed  the unprecedented perennial success of its high school wrestling programs in recent years, achievements that are simply unequaled anywhere else in the state. The ten public high schools in Frederick County are continually setting new standards for wrestling excellence throughout the state. This year, eight of the twenty-eight state champions represented Frederick County—that’s almost one quarter of  all the champions. Montgomery County, which has the largest number of public high schools in the state with twenty-five, produced  only three state champions, and all came from the same school. Last season, Frederick County sent thirty-four wrestlers to the state tournament and twenty-two of them placed. The year prior to that, Frederick County boasted ten finalists and five state champions. It is no wonder then, why the Frederick County wrestling tournament is often more competitive than the ensuing regional and state tourneys. Catoctin took 4th place as a team, and all but one of the Cougars made the medal rounds. Zach Bryant and Travis Fields each remained unbeaten en route to their county titles. Fields, a freshman and a fifth-seed underdog, was also honored with the Fred Burgee Award, presented to the tournaments most outstanding wrestler, marking the third time in six years that a Catoctin wrestler was honored with that award (Charlie Perella 2012, 2015). RJ Monaghan, Ethan Fuss, and Wyatt Payne each suffered only one loss early in the competition, to secure 3rd place. Jake Baker and Josh Small both placed 4th. Matt Linker, the 220-pound freshman, failed to advance, but saw plenty of varsity action during his opening year. He finished with a 9-18 record in a very unforgiving weight class for a freshman.

The Cougars secured a 7th place team finish at the 1A-2A West Regional Tournament out of seventeen clubs, not a daunting result considering the teams’ lack of entries. The 1A-2A West is—and statistics back it up—considered to be the best region for wrestling in the entire state. In the past three years, almost half (41 percent) of all place-winners at the state championships represented one of the seventeen schools in this region, 103 of 252. In addition, 62 percent of all state champions (26 of 42) represented the region. Furthermore, there were thirteen 1A-2A West regional final rematches in the state finals, including one particular rematch this year at 113 pounds, a testament to the consistent high level of toughness of the wrestlers that this region continues to produce. Zachary Bryant claimed his first regional crown, along with the number one seed for states, after a first round bye, a first period pin in quarter’s, a 9 to 5 decision in semi’s, and a 10 to 1 major in finals. Ethan Fuss and Josh Small both wrestled back to 3rd place after losing one match a piece. Fuss would drop his quarterfinal match in a close 4 to 2 decision, but win two in a row by decision to advance to states. Small lost his first bout by fall, but qualified for states by winning his next three, two by decision and one by pin. Jake Baker and RJ Monaghan each took 4th place, punching their tickets to be included in the sixteen-man bracket for the state tournament. Baker would lose his first match, win two more by decision, only to face the same opponent he lost to earlier with the same result. Monaghan’s fate would mirror that of Baker. Dropping his first match by fall, Monaghan would win his next two bouts with a pin and a 7 to 1 decision, and  lose a second time to his opening opponent, but this time by a very close 5 to 4 decision.

Wyatt Payne, the 145-pound sophomore, was only a point away from qualifying for states. He lost his opening bout by two points, won by seven in his next match, and lost a close 2 to 1 decision in consolation quarter-finals. Payne continues to improve as he won eight regular season dual matches this season. He went 4 and 2, winning some notable match-ups and taking 4th place at the Hub Cup, finished 5 and 2 at the Bauerlien Duals, and placed 3rd in the county tournament. Selected as an honorable mention to the Frederick News Post All-Area team, he concluded his season with a 21 and 12 total, winning 69 percent of his matches, and bumping his career record to 42 wins and 28 losses.

Like Payne, Travis Fields came up short at the regional tournament, suffering a 9 to 2 loss in the preliminary round. The 132-pound freshman showed promise by winning 56 percent of his matches, including eight regular season duals. He was victorious in three bouts at the Hub Cup, three at the Bauerlien Duals, and five at the Catoctin Duals. He stunned the crowd by sweeping the bracket at the Frederick County tournament, winning not only a county title, but the outstanding wrestler award as well. He posted a  22 and 16 record on the season, and secured an honorable mention bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area team.

Catoctin was able to achieve a 7th place team finish among some ninety-nine public high school wrestling programs, and advanced two of the five state qualifiers to the medal rounds during the state wrestling championships, held for the second year at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. One wrestler would lose a single match in semi-finals, but fight back to take 3rd place. The other would pin his way to finals and become Catoctin’s 8th individual state wrestling champion.(Shane Tiffany 1995, Seth Chilson 2010, Tim Nordan and Charlie Perella 2013, Wayne Wivell and Charlie Perella 2014, and Perella again in 2015).

Placing 4th last year as a sophomore, Ethan Fuss, the 126-pound junior, made his second appearance at the state tournament. Fuss lost his preliminary match, but showed composure by pinning his next two opponents, knowing that his next loss would eliminate him from the contest. He slipped from the medal rounds after a 9 to 3 loss in the following session. Fuss, whose wrestling style is both fearless and exciting, won five regular season dual matches this season, placed 4th at the Hub Cup, went 4 and 3 at Bauerlien, and finished 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals. He placed 3rd in both the county and regional tournaments, earning him a  bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team. He achieved a record of 28 wins and 15 losses on the year and is creeping toward the 100 win mark, with a career total of 89 victories and 31 defeats. He concludes the year with a ranking of #21 in the State by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Jacob Baker, the 160-pound freshman, was 1 and 2 in his first appearance at the state tournament. He was defeated in his first match by the eventual state champion, won a 10 to 2 decision in the consolation bracket, but was defeated in his next bout and bumped from the competition. The Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team nominee  had a stellar debut to his high school wrestling career, winning 11 of 14 regular season dual matches, placing 5th at the Hub Cup, and registering only one loss at both the Bauerlien Duals and the Catoctin Duals. He placed 4th in the Frederick County Championships, 4th in the regional championships, won 68 percent of his matches, and finishes his freshman season with a 32 and 13 record.

RJ Monaghan made his first appearance to the state tournament as a junior, representing the 170-pound weight class. He was defeated in his first bout by a one-point, 3 to 2 decision to the eventual 4th place finisher. He scored 18 points to overwhelm his next opponent with a third period technical fall, but failed to advance to the medal rounds, with another close 3 to 2 loss. The exceptionally strong Monaghan, who is ranked at #25 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association and recognized as a Frederick News Post All-Area 2nd team member,  posted a regular dual meet record of nine victories and five defeats. He placed 5th in the Hub Cup, went 4 and 3 at the Bauerlien Duals, and was a perfect 8 and 0 at the Catoctin Duals. He placed 3rd in the county, qualified for states by placing 4th at regionals, finished the season with a 29 and 16 tally, and now has a career total of 60 wins and 43 losses.

Joshua Small, the 152-pound junior, is no stranger to the state tournament. His name has appeared in the state bracket three times. As a freshman, he came away empty handed, but last season, he was able to earn a hard-fought 5th place medal. This year, he would build on that success with two straight wins out of the gate, both by pin, in prelim’s and in quarter’s, guaranteeing himself a spot on the podium. After a 5 to 1 decision loss to the state runner-up, Small would put together two more consecutive wins, a 13 to 3 decision and a 6 to 4 final, to secure a 3rd place finish in a field where the top three medalists all hailed from the 1A-2A West.  Executing a basic, no-nonsense style of wrestling, Small won 9 of 14 regular season dual matches, suffered only one loss for a 3rd place finish at the Hub Cup, sported a 5 and 2 record at the Bauerlien Duals, and went 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals. In championship events, he placed 4th in the county, 3rd in the region, and took 3rd at states, resulting in a 1st team nomination to the Frederick News Post All-Area team. Ranked at #17 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Small wraps up his junior year with 33 wins versus 13 losses, bringing his career total ever closer to the 100 win mark, with 93 victories and 36 losses.

Zachary Bryant is the lone member of the current Catoctin squad that sports a state championship medal for each of his high school wrestling seasons. The deceivingly strong and exciting risk-taker would settle for a 4th place finish during both his freshman and sophomore years, but this year he would realize his potential. Wrestling as the number-one seed in the 113-pound weight class, he would simply dominate his first three opponents in true Bryant fashion, with an aggression that could not be matched, claiming victory by fall in each contest. In finals, Bryant would face an opponent that he had derailed just a week earlier. He prevailed with a 6-3 decision, a score that seems much closer than the action actually showed; when his hand was raised, Bryant officially became Catoctin’s 8th Maryland state champion wrestler. Bryant’s remarkable statistics include a perfect 11 and 0 undefeated regular dual meet total, as well as a flawless 7 and 0 showing at the Bauerlien Duals. He would lose a close finals match at the Hub Cup, settling for 2nd place and finish with one loss, going 7 and 1 at the Catoctin Duals, his only loss of the year to a fellow Maryland high school wrestler. Winning 95 percent of his bouts, the Frederick County champion, 1A-2A West regional champion, and Maryland state champion, Bryant would post a 37 and 2 season record, bringing his career totals to 105 wins and 17 losses. He was honored with a 1st team bid to the Frederick News Post All-Area team and is currently ranked #2 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.


 Zachary Bryant, 113-pound Maryland State Wrestling Champion

   Josh Small takes 3rd place at Maryland State Wrestling Championships.

Zachary Bryant, 113-pound Maryland State Wrestling Champion.

Charmane Nesbitt

The Catoctin High School Cougars placed second in the State during the Interscholastic Unified Track and Field State High School Invitational in May.  All season, they worked hard preparing for this day.

Heat results for the 100-meter run include: 1st place—Destiny Knestout, Max Bingman, Nathan Schwartzbeck; 2nd place—Savannah Smith-Sanchez; 3rd place—David Toddes.

Placing first in the 200-meter run were Kaleb Welch and Jordan Kaas.

Kimberly Shields placed second in the 400-meter run.

The shot put division winners are as follows: 1st place—Kaleb Welch; 2nd place—Max Bingman, Cecelia Bosche, and Nathan Schwartzbeck; 3rd place—Caleigh Laprad.

The javelin flight winners include: 1st place—Savannah Gillis, Riley Flick, and Kimberly Shields; 2nd place—David Toddes; 3rd place—Jordan Kaas, Destiny Knestout, and Savannah Smith-Sanchez.

In the running long jump event, Tierney Monaghan placed second.

The 4 x 400 relay team: Caleigh Laprad, Jordan Kaas, Kimberly Shields, and David Toddes placed second.

The 4 x 100 relay team:  Savannah Smith-Sanchez, Nathan Schwartzbeck, Cecelia Bosche, and Kaleb Welch placed first.

The Cougars were awesome, giving their personal best and showing good sportsmanship! Great job, Team. We celebrate your second place finish in the state!

CHS Unified Track and Field team with coaches Charmane Nesbitt and Guy Nesbitt.

by Anita DiGregory

In Honor of Fathers

On June 18, America will celebrate Father’s Day, a day devoted to our dedicated dads.  Although widely celebrated today, surprisingly, Father’s Day was not always embraced by society. In fact, it did not receive its designation as an official holiday until the early 20th century, when it was established as a complement to Mother’s Day.

According to, the first organized day of recognition for fathers was celebrated in the state of Washington on June 19, 1910, when Sonora Smart Dodd, a Spokane woman, went to local community leaders in an attempt to establish a day of celebration for fathers in honor of her father, a single parent of six. However, it took sixty-two years for it to become an official holiday, and even then faced some controversy. President Woodrow Wilson had already approved in 1914 a resolution to establish Mother’s Day. This day, set in honor of “that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America,” was enthusiastically embraced, having already been celebrated in forty-five states since 1909.

After Dodd’s 1910 celebration, the idea of Father’s Day slowly increased in popularity, despite thoughts that some dads lacked the sentimentality or interest in a day of honor for them.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge advised local governments to institute this day of honor for dads.

During the Great Depression, U.S. retailers struggling to make ends meet launched campaigns in support of Father’s Day and promoted the necessary card and gift purchases to go along with it. With World War II, Father’s Day took on another meaning, becoming synonymous not just with the support of our fathers, but also with the American soldier, many of whom were honored dads. Finally, in 1972, Father’s Day became a national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed the federal proclamation.

In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to give a shout-out to all dads out there. Your role as father is sacred, special, and super important.  It is not easy and certainly not glamorous, but it is monumental; in choosing to get up each day and face your struggles and be there and provide, you shape lives. Your silent sacrifices, devotion to your family, and commitment to being the man you are called to be, is what shapes communities and motivates today’s youth to be equally as inspiring.

So, in honor of my dad (a perpetual list maker), my husband (an amazing and inspiring father and also a list maker) and all dads out there, I have included some Happy Father’s Day Lists, featuring quotes, favorite Dad movies, and things you can do in honor of Father’s Day.

Fun and Inspiring Quotes about Dads

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”  —Billy Graham

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.”  —Ephesians 6:4

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  —Mark Twain

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”  —Charles Wadsworth

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”  —Sigmund Freud

“Having children is like living in a frat house—nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”  —Ray Romano

“When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.”  —Chris Rock

 “Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth. It is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one’s family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters.”  —Ezra Taft Benson

“It’s like you have a child and you think, ‘Everything that I’ve done up until this point is insignificant in comparison to being a father.’ It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.”  —Vin Diesel

“Every night before I get my one hour of sleep, I have the same thought: ‘Well, that’s a wrap on another day of acting like I know what I’m doing.’ I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not. Most of the time, I feel entirely unqualified to be a parent. I call these times being awake.”  —Jim Gaffigan


Favorite Movies About Dads

Here are some great movies to watch with Dad: Father of the Bride; Three Men and A Baby; The Goofy Movie; Hotel Transylvania; Meet the Robinsons; Finding Nemo; Mrs. Doubtfire; RV; We Bought a Zoo; and Dan in Real Life.


Things You Can Do for Dad in Honor of Father’s Day

Clean the car inside and out (yes, that includes getting all of the old French fries and Cheerios out from under the seats), do the yardwork, clean out the garage, clean out the clutter and have a yard sale, surrender the remote, serve him breakfast in bed, go to church with him, take him fishing, go hiking together, plan a family day trip or getaway, work on a household project together, run a 5K with him, go biking, or attend a sporting event together. Listen to him and have fun together. But above all, spend time with him!

by Lisa C. Cantwell

Dear Reader: This is a column to help you determine the history and value of your heirlooms, attic finds, flea market purchases, or antique items. Please send a picture and description of your piece, such as how you acquired it and any details about its history, to I’ll research any item, whether it’s a piece of furniture, a painting, a tool, a doll, a figurine, or an article of clothing.  An approximate value will be determined to inform you if it’s a “Trinket or Treasure.” Please submit all pictures and questions by the preceding 15th of the month for possible publication in the next monthly issue of The Catoctin Banner. All inquiries will be answered; however, only those selected for publication will include approximate value assessments. Furthermore, not all submissions may be published in the Banner due to space considerations.  Please include your name or initials and where you reside. Thank you and happy treasure hunting!

“My mother-in-law gave me this hitching post that she found in an antique mall. It’s 42 inches high and has some rust. Is it old and does it have value? Should I display it outside?”

— Leigh L., Waynesboro, PA

Hitching posts date from very early days of iron-making to the early 1900s, before the automobile really took off.

It appears that your post does have some rust on the base, but the head has been replaced, as it’s different in tone and doesn’t match the base in the quality of iron. In other words, it was likely added later and spray-painted. The base is very smooth, lacking the granular pock marks found on reproduction casts, so that is a sign that it’s older. Also, check the screw mountings; if they jut out, have Phillips head screws, and are not concealed, it’s likely a reproduction. I love horse hitch posts and recall seeing them as a child during the 1960s on the grounds of antebellum homes in southern Kentucky. One home in Todd Country, known as “The Pepper Place,” had as many as six hitching posts directly in front of the cast iron fence that encased its grounds. The house still stands, but the hitching posts are long gone. If you intend to keep your treasure, do display it outside and paint it with a protective coating suitable for cast iron. If you wish to sell it, don’t paint or remove any rust. Consider keeping it under a patio awning or covered area outside. Taking into consideration that the horse head is not original, your hitching post is worth about $125 to $150 on the current market. Its value would be much higher if it had the authentic head.


“I bought these glass pictures at an antique mall. They are framed in wood. The back label reads: Sungott Art Studios, New York. How old are they? Are they worth anything?”

— Clara Gray, Frederick County, MD

This pair dates to the early 1950s and features prints of Victorian ladies surrounded by intricately hand-painted borders of flowers, birds, ribbons, and foliage on glass.

Your pair is a fine example of a technique known as “gravure,” featuring subtle, sepia tones of rose, brown, gold, green, and blue. The marbled gold glass trim and gilded octagon-shaped frame further enhance the illusion of great art value, but the truth is, Sungott was not an art “studio,” but a distributor of affordable art. These paintings and prints were found in department and furniture stores, gift, and decorative outlets for about two decades. They aren’t exactly treasures, but neither are they trinkets. Consider them a charming vintage pair, with a value of $19.99 to $25.00 each.

“I inherited this vase. What can you tell  me about it?”

— Beth Helmick, Thurmont

It’s a two-handled small vase with a beautiful floral scene reminiscent of the hand-painted Nippon (Japan) style seen on porcelains from the last century.

The gilded birds are a Victorian touch, helping date your little piece an approximate timeframe of either late 19th or early 20th century. Much of the gold is missing on this vase, and the medallion at the base is very worn. The “F” mark is etched, not painted or printed, making it difficult to identify. This vase was likely half of a pair that probably looked very regal perched at either end of a mantel or piano. A similarly-shaped, taller vase on eBay sold for $39.99. Given the lapse in interest of antique or vintage porcelain vases of a non-specific maker, value your treasure at approximately $20.00 to $30.00. In terms of heirloom value, which includes the associated memories and stories, it’s priceless!


by Theresa Dardanell

Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company

One of the questions I asked the administrative members of the Emmitsburg Ambulance Company was, “Why do you volunteer?”

Some of the responses were, “It lets me help other people,” “It gives me a great feeling,” and “Volunteering is in our blood.”

There are currently sixty-two members that serve in an operational, social, or administrative capacity. Operational members run the ambulance calls, while the social and administrative members take care of the fundraising and the business aspects of the organization.

Because there is always a need for more Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), and ambulance drivers, the company plans a mentoring program for new recruits. Free training is provided right here in Frederick County for anyone who is at least sixteen years old. The process begins with the application that is available on the Company website at, or you can stop by the station and complete an application.  After the application is accepted, training begins with the Frederick County “Gear Up” class, in which trainees learn CPR and how to put on the gear and also visit the 911 center. The final steps to become certified are a hazmat class, along with other EMT or EMR classes.

Currently, Bingo is the only fundraiser that supports the Company, evidence of extraordinary community support.  Large crowds join in the fun on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings. Because payouts are based on the number of people who attend, the jackpot can be as large as $750 on Wednesdays and up to $5,000 for the progressive jackpot, along with a guaranteed jackpot of $1,000 on Fridays. Company President Mary Lou Little said that money from additional 50/50 drawings is donated to local non-profit  organizations “…as a way to give back to the community for all of the support they give us.”

The Emmitsburg Ambulance Company has been in operation since 1946. They were a part of the Fire Department until 1986, when they became a separate company and moved to South Seton Avenue.

In 2007, they moved to 17701 Creamery Road, their current location. They are equipped with two ambulances and a utility vehicle. Their mission statement is: “The Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company is dedicated to providing the Emmitsburg community and surrounding areas with professional pre-hospital and medical services.  The Company is committed to providing quality care in a timely manner with a highly trained and certified staff.”

Their record of safety is impressive: Serving the Emmitsburg and surrounding community since 1946 with a 97.7 percent success rate, a two minute average career response time (four minute volunteer response), 100 percent EMT BLS certified operational members with an estimated 1,100 calls per year.

Operation Officers are: Acting Chief Lisa Eichelberger and Sergeants, Beth Ruppel, John Ruppel, and Brandon Murdorf.

Administrative Officers are: President Mary Lou Little; Vice President Eric Stackhouse; Secretary Vicki Long; Assistant Secretary Linda Miller; Treasurer Pam Bolin; Assistant Treasurer Beth Ruppel; and Directors, Bob Dinterman, Pam Ellison, Ed Little, and Donna Miller.

The website provides additional contact information for membership inquiries, social hall reservations, and Bingo.

Members of the Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company.

Human Nature

by Valerie Nusbaum

As a writer and an artist, I’m fascinated by humans. I tend to sit quietly and observe how people move and interact with each other.  I notice their bone structures and coloring, and I spend a lot of time pondering their actions. Why do people do and say the things they do? What are their motivations? The psychology of it is quite interesting to me, and I’m constantly amazed by our differences and similarities.

I love conducting impromptu surveys and asking many individuals the same question. It’s both amusing and informative to learn about how we’re different and, yet, so alike. I’ve included some of my recent findings.

I posed the question “What is your favorite breakfast cereal?” and thirty-five people weighed in.  As you can imagine, their answers were all over the place, but the common thread was that most people try to make a healthy choice.  Oatmeal was the big winner, but only homemade oatmeal, not the stuff in the packets; although, one or two people did admit to eating the packaged stuff. Cheerios and bran were popular, as most of my social circle is people of a certain age and fiber is our friend. I learned that one person has a gluten allergy. A few very honest people copped to eating the sugary kids’ cereals—face it, folks, those are the only ones that really taste good. I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and I’m not afraid to say it. Interestingly, no one asked me why I wanted to know.

A magazine article that I read suggested that women should be drinking 91 ounces of water each day. I asked a group of people to tell me how much water each of them consumes on a daily basis.  Responses from fifty people varied greatly, with some folks drinking as little as 24 ounces, and one person chugging a whopping 144 ounces each day. One person postulated that drinking any liquid counts because everything contains water, which led to a discussion about whether wine consumption should be included.  The person who brought up the other beverage issue is the same person who eats dinosaur eggs oatmeal. Another person sent us all an article about the perils of drinking too much water. Again, no one wanted to know why I asked the question in the first place. In fairness, a lot of people know that I collect data for stories and articles. Some people just think I’m odd.

I asked the question, “In the movie of your life, which actor would play you?” and the responses I got were everything from Herve Villechaize and Don Knotts to Judy Densch and Sandra Bullock (me).  Melissa McCarthy was the big winner, with her name appearing three times. I asked Randy this question and he replied, “That guy who played Earl’s brother on that show.” I knew exactly who he meant.

A lot of people weighed in on the question of whether they install their toilet tissue roll over or under.  The vast majority of responders use the “over” method. Only three out of the seventy who answered the question pull their paper from under.  Those rebels! Two people cited the toilet tissue patent, where it is clearly stated that the tissue roll is to be placed in the “over” position.  One person stores her tissue in a wicker basket, and another has an up and down holder. Several people have absolutely no idea and a few don’t care as long as the roll isn’t empty. No one wondered why I was asking.

“Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?” prompted a lot of discussion. Most people prefer to read. Only three would rather watch the movie. Some said that reading the book first and then watching the movie aggravates them. On the other hand, watching the movie first and then reading the book doesn’t bother anyone. I generally can’t see the movie if I’ve already read the book. I spend too much time looking for the differences. Randy referenced The Girl on the Train, and said that he’d have preferred more information on the train in both the book and the movie. I didn’t point out that we haven’t seen the film.

What did I learn from my polling? Nothing really, except that bit about the toilet tissue patent.  I’ve always known that people like to take part in things. We’re curious about each other, and we try to help when we can. We like to share information, and, frankly, we like talking about ourselves and expressing our thoughts. If we see a big group of people clustered around something, we want to know what’s going on. We’re curious and we like to belong. We have markedly different opinions, likes and dislikes, but we share a lot of thoughts and feelings, too. Heck, maybe we’re all a little odd. Or maybe I’m not as bad as you think. Most importantly, no one cares why I ask the questions.

by Christine Maccabee

What is Delawnification?

First of all, delawnification is not a word. However, its meaning should be pretty clear. At the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., this April, one of the speakers talked about the importance of creating and allowing more habitat for native plants and reducing the size of our lawns.

Considering that land as habitat for wildlife is being swiftly devoured by development around the world—turning forests into expansive grassy areas, or into plantations for palm oil, or into parking lots, or you name it—the idea of delawnification is a good idea.

Now, before I offend lawn lovers of the world, I want to say I am not anti-lawn. I understand the need for lawn areas for children to play and adults to play golf or croquet and other polite games of society. Lawns do have a place in our lives. The problem with huge expansive lawns of extravagant size, acre upon acre of lawn, where no one walks or plays, is that those lawns gobble up millions of gallons of gasoline, polluting the air as well as the peace and quiet we all need. Noise pollution is a very real thing in the suburbs, and even the countryside where I live.

When I first moved to my country home twenty-eight years ago, I went crazy with grass seed in order to control erosion of the soil around our home. Being on a slope, it seemed essential. I remember being horrified by the interminable rain that threatened to wash away all of our topsoil, so I was out in the rain throwing grass seeds like a maniac.

However, after stabilizing the slopes, I began to see possibilities of creating large areas of wildflowers, and so began my personal process of delawnification. I killed off grass by putting down black plastic on those same slopes I had sown in grass years before. Leaving the plastic on for one year, I was amazed how wonderfully rich the soil had become underneath it. This actually is a great time for one to put plastic down. By the autumn, you can lift it and find nothing but friable, rich soil. Then, throw a nice mix of wildflower seeds in the soil, and voila! The following spring, there will be flowers galore as habitat for bees and butterflies. There will always be volunteer plants as well, such as daisy fleabane and golden rods, perhaps queen ann’s lace (a non-native, but then, so am I) and maybe even wild wine berries (yum!).

In my meadows, I learned to identify and make teas using medicinals like yarrow, vervain, purple clover, and St. John’s Wort. On one bank, I began growing cucumbers and squash, mulching them with straw and manure from the goat pen and, yes, grass clippings! Grass clippings make a wonderful natural mulch. Also, planting trees on large parcels of land creates shade, as well as multiple advantages for birds and insects, even hummingbirds. I have many gorgeous mimosa trees now, which are a magnet for swallowtail butterflies and hummingbirds. If one allows wild plants to grow between the trees, mowing but once a year in the fall, amazing plants may emerge. Flowers such as black-eyed susans, phlox, even fern in wet areas, may come forth without trying. I have not mowed my old four-acre hay field for two years now due to the small dogwood trees coming up. Once I identify any small trees and protect them from deer, then I will mow in between all trees in the autumn.

The mowing of old fields once a year is especially important to keep the invasives controlled. I learned the hard way why that is important (no details here).

Enough advice as to how you can delawnify your lawn. It does take effort, and, yes, it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one definite way to contribute to the health of our precious planet. Some people dedicate a small portion of their yards to flowering plants—native and non-native—and the result can be lovely. Indeed, I have seen some amazing yards around town this year. Yes, you have something very valuable (not in dollars and cents) if you own land, so have fun making a plan to expand your botanical haven.

As I always say, every little bit helps…and Mother Earth thanks you!

Well-thrown Lasso Saves Boy from Icy Death

by James Rada, Jr.

Charlie Jones, a twelve-year-old Thurmont youth, spent one December afternoon in 1915 walking through the forests around Thurmont, gathering pine boughs and other greens to use to make Christmas decorations. With his bag full of greenery, he headed home.

Though young, Charles was the man of the family. His father had died in 1911, leaving Mary Ann Jones a widow to support four children. She taught high school, and Charles helped in the care of his two younger brothers and younger sister. He had wanted to do something special for his family and decorate their home.

It had been cold out; ice had formed on most of the creeks in the area, and it appeared thick. Charles decided that he would take a shortcut across the pond formed by the Thurmont Electric Light Dam. He started out onto the ice, carefully easing his weight onto it to make sure it would hold. It did, and he grew more confident and walked further out.

Suddenly, the ice cracked and disappeared beneath his feet. “As the youth shot toward the bottom of the dam, he flung his hands outward, grasping the jagged edge of the broken ice,” the Gettysburg Times reported.

Luckily, the ice held. Charles screamed, but he was alone, and the nearest house was half a mile away. He tried to pull himself up, but his clothes were sodden with water, and his legs were starting to go numb in the freezing water.

He couldn’t swim in that condition, and if he let go, he would sink into the pond that was thirteen feet deep at that point.

His only option was to scream and hope that someone heard him before he lost his grip on the ice.

Charles had been in the water around fifteen minutes when Frank and Albert Harne of Foxville came riding along in their buggy. They heard Charles’ screams and saw the boy struggling to stay out of the water.

Frank jumped out of the buggy and unclipped the harness from the horse; he quickly fashioned a lasso. Then he edged himself out onto the ice, knowing that if it couldn’t hold the weight of the boy, it would give way under his weight at some point.

“Cautiously, but quickly, the man walked over the ice toward the youth, who gave indications of exhaustion and of relinquishing his grasp on the ice,” the Gettysburg Times reported.

Eventually, he was close enough to throw the lasso. It landed around Charles’s neck on the first throw. The boy grabbed hold of the leather. Frank began backing up, pulling Charles out of the water.

The Harne Brothers bundled Charles up and took him to his grandmother’s house, who lived a mile away. He was so cold that his clothing was sticking to his body and couldn’t be removed. He was placed in a warm bed and kept warm to help bring up his body temperature.

Charles recovered from his ordeal and was soon as good as new.

He grew up to become a salesman who lived in different towns around the state. When he retired, he returned with his family to Thurmont. He died in 1977 at age seventy-four and is buried in Wellers Cemetery.

by Jim Houck, Jr.

Richard (Dick) Fleagle

Sons of AMVETS

Richard (Dick) Fleagle is AMVETS Post 7 Thurmont’s AMVETS Son of the YEAR 2013. Neighbors, I am honored to have him as a friend and comrade, and one of the most respected men I have had the privilege of knowing.

Dick Fleagle—known by many in our Veterans organizations as Uncle Dick—takes pride in serving all Veterans and is an asset to the many Veteran organizations in which he is a member. Dick is the heart of Thurmont AMVETS Post 7, and if anyone at the Post needs something done, Dick is the “go to man.” Dick is 1st Vice Commander of The Sons of AMVETS Squadron 7 Thurmont, and part of his job is taking care of membership. This is a job that he does not take lightly, as he pours his heart and soul into making sure everything is done right in aiding our membership. Dick can probably tell you the names of all of our members and, unless they have recently moved, their addresses, also. Dick puts hours and hours into keeping the membership straight. When he knows he is right about something, and someone tries to change his mind, the five-foot-four-and-a half-inch dynamo cannot be budged. Dick has great integrity and will follow the rules set by our parent organizations to the letter.

The functions given by our family of Veterans, Auxiliary, and Sons, knows that Dick will be there helping in any way that he can, if possible. Dick will only miss being at any of the events if he had already committed to another event before that one was scheduled, or if he or one of his family becomes ill.

AMVETS Post 7 held their 1st Annual “Member of the Year” awards in 2013, and Dick was the Sons of the AMVETS recipient of the award. Dick was very deserving of the award and was very proud to accept it.

Dick is a member of our Post 7 Honor Guard and doesn’t miss many functions that the Honor Guard participates in. He also belongs to the musical group “The Catoctin Hollow Boys,” and, folks, you will just have to go see them when Doctor Mudcat does karaoke and DJs at various functions at the Post. The group is well worth coming to see. The members at Post 7 are all so proud of Dick, and it doesn’t take much to get them talking about what a great person he is and how much he has helped AMVETS Post 7.

Dick is a member of the Department of Maryland Sons of AMVETS and is their Chaplain. He belongs to VFW Auxiliary 6658 in Emmitsburg. Dick also helps with many functions that the Auxiliary sponsors. He also belongs to Sons of the American Legion Squadron 121 Emmitsburg, where he is Chaplain and aides in SAL functions. Dick is a man of many talents and wears a lot of different hats at different places. He is a man of integrity and energy that never seems to fade.

I am proud to call this man my good buddy, and hope we can remain friends for a long time. The next time you see Dick, shake his hand and tell him you are proud of the things he has been doing for our Veterans. You will find out how humble this man is, someone who just wants to do things the right way.                                                                                                                   Thank you, Dick!

God Bless the United States of America, God Bless the U.S. Veteran, and God Bless You.

Richard (Dick) Fleagle

Food Pro

Buck Reed

Urban legend tells a story of a young woman in the late 60s and early 70s, who upon graduating college, decided to hit the farmers market scene. Her booth in New Jersey had a single apple pie that she had placed at the audacious price of $100 (that’s $12.50 per slice). It took her most of the day, but she finally sold it. No word on whether the purchaser felt it was worth it or not, but she went on to build an empire of magazines; to appear on television shows; and to sell her goods in K-mart, Target, and Macy’s. But no matter how easy her success seems today, Martha Stewart is the story of what an amateur “foodie” can obtain if they work hard, appreciate the business, and get unbelievably lucky to become a successful culinary pro.

In my career in the food service industry, I have met a fair number of people who have never marketed, prepared, plated, and served a single meal for profit in their lives. But if Chef Boy-R-Dee, the McDonald Brothers, and even Paula Deen all did it, these same people think: why can’t I? If passion is a key ingredient in these pursuits, then one can acquire the rest of the qualities needed to become successful. Obviously, they are the grill master of their backyard or the neighborhood cookie queen, but following through can get a bit dicey. Getting your ducks in row can be a daunting task.

Case in point: Dave Peters. Peters, the co-founder of a small family software business, clearly has the first element: a great love for producing great food. “I just love cooking in general, but the most rewarding is producing something that is of high quality,” Peters said. Making cured and smoked meats for his family and friends has given him a deep understanding of the process needed to make and produce these products.

The next element is acquiring the equipment needed to create his masterpieces. Although he has the equipment needed to produce his products as a hobby, he may need to upgrade to equipment that is geared more for professional use and approved by the health department.

So far, he is planning to start his venture by selling sausages and Canadian and American bacon under his company’s name, Peters’ Gourmet & Artisanal Meats. These are all considered cooked items and will be easier to get a license for producing. “The government regulations can be pretty strict; once you mention curing, you tend to get a lot of attention.”

Although it will take time to get his full project up and running, Peters is hoping to get all of his products in a farmer’s market soon. Getting the overwhelming paperwork needed to get a charcuterie license is almost a hobby of its own. And maybe someday his hard work will build a business that will inspire the next group of culinary hobbyists to take the plunge into the deep end in which food pros thrive.

David Peters with some of his masterpieces.

Catoctin Mountain rose from a primordial lake to heights taller than Mount Everest. As time wore it away, many of its secrets were lost with its dwindling peaks. In the era of man, though, its history has been better preserved, although it still holds onto its secrets.

In his new book, Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Frederick & Loudoun Counties, James Rada, Jr. (Catoctin Banner contributor/editor) tells the stories of Catoctin Mountain, its people, and places.

Residents of Northern Frederick County treasure their association with the mountain, but it actually runs south from Thurmont until nearly reaching Leesburg, Virginia. The more than two dozen stories in the book take place all along Catoctin Mountain.

You can hunt for the snallygaster and dwayyo, legendary monsters that roam the mountain ridges.

Discover what it took to become a spy at the secret OSS training camp on the mountain.

Search for a forgotten gold mine in the foothills of Catoctin Mountain.

These are just a few of the stories included in Secrets of Catoctin Mountain, telling the tales of ordinary people living their lives under unusual conditions at times. Taken together, they paint a picture of the character of the people who live on and around Catoctin Mountain, whether they are from Maryland or Virginia.

“These are stories that caught my attention in one way or another,” Rada said. “They aren’t the types of stories you find in history books about the county, but they are part of the area’s past.”

Rada considers “secrets” in this book as stories that aren’t widely known. He gave as an example a presentation he recently did at the Garrett County Historical Society about his book Secrets of Garrett County. He told the audience about a half a dozen of the “secrets” from the book.

“Before each one, I would ask, ‘Who has heard of…’ and say the secret. I thought that I would be preaching to the choir, and the group would know even more about the stories I was telling than I did. Most of the group had only heard about two of them,” Rada explained. “They’re the type of stories I look for, interesting, but not well-known.”

Secrets of Catoctin Mountain contains sixty-four black and white photographs and illustrations that help bring the stories to life.

“I love writing about history,” Rada said. “I love finding interesting and unusual stories about people and places, and I haven’t come across an area that doesn’t have plenty of these stories.”

Secrets of Catoctin Mountain is the second in a new series of books that Rada is writing about regional topics. The first, Secrets of Garrett County, was released earlier this year.

James Rada, Jr. is an award-winning writer whom the Midwest Book Review called “a writer of considerable and deftly expressed storytelling talent.” Small Press Bookwatch said that Rada’s coal-mining book, Saving Shallmar: Christmas Spirit in a Coal Town, was “highly recommended.” He has two dozen writing awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Maryland State Teachers Association, and Utah Ad Federation.

Rada has been writing about history for nearly twenty years and still finds it fascinating and new.

“History is not boring. It’s full of love, adventure, comedy, and mysteries that still aren’t solved to this day. It’s those types of stories I like to write, and I believe I’ve pulled together a great collection of them for this book,” Rada said.

Rada is the author of twenty books, most history and historical fiction. His articles have been published in magazines like The History Channel Magazine, Boy’s Life, and Frederick Magazine. He also writes five local history columns for The Republican, the Cumberland Times-News, the Gettysburg Times, The York Dispatch, as well as The Catoctin Banner.

Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Frederick & Loudoun Counties retails for $19.95 and is available at the E Plus Graphics, Printing, & Promotions store in Emmitsburg, at online retailers, or on his website at



1………………… Memory Café, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. Noon-2 p.m. Lunch & activity for those with memory loss and/or Alzheimer’s and their caretakers. Sponsored by Somerford  of Frederick.  Call Teresa at 301-271-7911 at least 24 hrs. in advance to RSVP.

2………………… First Friday Fun, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ages 2-4. Story, activities & craft. $5. Pre-registration recommended: 301-600-2963 or

2………………… Fort Ritchie Community Center Speaker Series Event: Canine Warrior Connection, 14421 Lake Royer Dr., Highfield-Cascade, MD. Pioneering organization that helps wounded Warriors reconnect w/life, their families, their communities & each other. Presented by Rick Yount, Executive Director. 6:30 p.m. $15/person; $25/couple. Register: or 301-241-5085.

2………………… Thurmont American Legion Post 168 Entertainment: Jimmy Jones, 8 Park Ln., Thurmont.

3………………… Art on the Deck (hands-on abstract drawing instruction with artist Mark Hatfield), Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

3………………… Grace Rocky Hill Church Strawberry Festival, 10825 Coppermine Rd., Woodsboro, MD. 4 p.m. Music by Rivers Bend Band.

3………………… The Frederick County Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Meeting, Edenton Retirement Community, Manor House, 5800 Genesis Ln., Frederick, MD. 10 a.m., followed by social time. Everyone welcome. Janice 301-988-3838.

3………………… Summer Reading Program: “Glamping Palooza,” Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Set up your glamping site (glamorous camping) on the green. Story hour 11 a.m. Prizes for best glamping site. Register by May 31: 717-794-2240.

3………………… Bus Casino Trip for the Gregory Brashears Memorial Fund. $45/person.  Lori Long 301-748-6007.

3………………… Cornhole 4 A Cause Tournament Fundraiser, Hosted by Barkers 4 Blood Cancer benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Legion Post 168, 8 Park Ln., Thurmont. $20 donation per team. Teams of two; three-game guarantee; double-elimination format. Doors open 10 a.m. Cash prizes, raffles, 50/50, tip jars, silent auction. Open to public. Registration info.:

3………………… Bags For Ben’s Bunch Cornhole Tourmanent to Benefit six-year-old Ben Myers, 13702 Graceham Road, Thurmont. 11 a.m. $40/team. All proceeds go to Ben and his family to pay for therapy, equipment & other medical expenses not covered by insurance. Food, raffles & prizes. Register: call or text Renee Lawyer 301-639-4585.

3………………… Step Back in Time with Author Terry Miller, Main Street Center, 11 Water St., Thurmont. 2 p.m. Admission is FREE. A $5 donation will be made to “Save the Creeger House Fund” for each book sold.

3………………… Thurmont Main Street Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot, South Center St. (behind PNC Bank), Thurmont. 9 a.m.-noon. Every Sat. thru Sept. 23.

3………………… Civil War Tour at The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, at 339 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 1:30 p.m. Offered every Sat. thru Sept. 2. $10/person. Free parking. Sign up (not required ahead of time): email

4………………… Celebration of Pentecost with Holy Communion, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 9:15 a.m. Open to all.

5………………… Served with Grace Free Community Meal, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 5:30-7 p.m. Open to all.

5………………… Lego and Wee Build Creation Night, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. All ages welcome. 3-5:30 p.m. 717-794-2240. Also held: June 12, 19, 26.

5………………… Clothes Closet, Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 6-7:30 p.m.  Church Secretary 301-271-4511.

5………………… Zumba Gold for Seniors, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10:15-11 a.m. $24/8 sessions or $5 each. 301-271-7911. Also held: June 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

6………………… Line Dancing at the Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10-11 a.m. Free. 301-271-7911. Also held: June 13, 20, 27.

6………………… Nighttime on the Deck is all about Rabbits, Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 6:30 p.m. Courtesy Thurmont Lion’s Club.

6………………… Presentation of New Book: Heaven Our Eternal Home by Rev. Wesley Glass & John Sipes, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m. Limited number of free books will be given.

6………………… Every Tuesday is Coloring Club, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 3-5 p.m. All ages welcome. 717-794-2240. Also held: June 13, 20, 27.

6………………… Scherenschnitte (German papercutting), Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 6 p.m. New members welcome; great family activity. 717-794-2240.

7………………… 50/50 Bingo, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1-3 p.m. Open to  public. Must be 18 to play. $5 to play, specials, pickle jar; $1 coverall last game. Free snacks. 301-271-7911. Overflow parking behind police station. Also held: June 21.

7………………… Coffee Club, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 3-5:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, puzzles, board games, coloring books, etc.   Food donations appreciated. 717-794-2240. Also held: June 14, 21, 28.

7………………… VITT (very important teens and ‘tweens) Night, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 6-7:30 p.m. Hang out, play WII, board games, eat snacks, watch movies, etc. 717-794-2240. Also held: June 14, 21, 28.

8………………… Free Performance by Taylor Brown as Elvis w/Monthly Birthday Party Cake & Ice Cream at intermission, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1-3 p.m. 50’s & 70’s show with photo opps afterward. 301-271-7911. Overflow parking behind police station.

9………………… School’s Out Party on the Deck (grades 6-12), Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

9………………… Farm to Table Displays and Free Outdoor Movie on the Green, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. Bring chairs or pillows. 6 p.m. Movie at dark. 717-794-2240.

9,10………. Annual Yard Sale, St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (corner of DePaul St. & N. Seton Ave.), Emmitsburg. June 9—9 a.m.-3 p.m. (reg. sales); June 10—8 a.m.-1 p.m. (all items half-price or fill bag for $1). Free parking/handicap accessible. Breakfast/lunch sandwiches. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Sodality. 301-447-6343.

10……………. Mt. Tabor Church Festival, Mt. Tabor Park, Rocky Ridge (home of the BIG SLIDE). Home-cooked food 4-9 p.m. Music by “River Bend Band” 6-9 p.m.

10……………. Mother’s & Father’s Day Dinner, Keysville Grace United Church of Christ, 2060 Keysville Bruceville Rd., Keymar, MD. 4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. Ham Steak $15/Steamed Shrimp $15. Reservations required (deadline June 3): Mike Duble 410-984-3237; Khalie Smith 301-401-1027.

10……………. Story & Craft Hour, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 11 a.m. 717-794-2240. Also held: June 17, 24.

10……………. Benefit Dinner, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8619 Blacks Mill Rd., Creagerstown, MD. Noon-5 p.m. $16/adult; $8/ages under 12; Free/ages under 5. Carryout: $17. Benefits Cindy Hellman. 301-304-2507.

10……………. Vigilant Hose Company’s Annual Spring Fling, Mount St. Mary’s University East Campus (behind ARCC), Emmitsburg. $30/ticket. Features $30,000 given in prizes; horseshoes; food; 50/50 tip jars; live music; beverages & more. Gabe Baker 301-447-2212; Bill Boyd 717-642-9717.

10……………. Bingo Bash to Benefit Ed Little’s Van Fund, Mother Seton School, 100 Creamery Rd. Emmitsburg. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo will be pay for what you play. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. 240-285-3184.

10……………. Thurmont Main Street Matinee: Manchester by The Sea, 11 Water St., Thurmont. 2-4 p.m. Free matinee & popcorn.

10……………. Thurmont Main Street Clean Up, Meet at J. Rothrock Outfitters, 3 East Main St., Thurmont. 9:15-11:30 a.m. After clean-up, enjoy complimentary pizza & drinks. Thomas

10……………. 4th Annual Giveaway Day, MorningStar Family Church, 14698 Albert Staub Rd., Thurmont. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Just like a yard sale, except every item is FREE! Items range from furniture to books. No clothing. Open to general public. No dealers, retailers, or wholesalers. Nothing is for resale. Event & items are for those who have a need. Questions: email

11……………. Chicken Bar-B-Q, Lewistown Ruritan, US 15 North and Fish Hatchery Road, Lewistown.

11……………. Music on the Deck (featuring The Southern Valley Gospel Singers), Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 2 p.m.

11……………. Children’s Lovefeast Service, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 9:15 a.m. Open to all.

11-15… Hero Central Vacation Bible School, Weller United Methodist Church, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. Grades pre-K thru grade 5. 6-8 p.m. Music, dance, interactive Bible fun, crafts, games & more. Meal served 6 p.m. 301-271-2802,

12……………. America’s Road: A History of the National Road, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Rd., Thurmont. 7 p.m. 301-600-7212.

12……………. Stitch & Chat, Emmitsburg Library Activity Room, Emmitsburg. 2-4 p.m. Bring your current work in progress or a new project. All experience levels welcome.

12……………. Mackenzie’s Light Bereavement & Drug Awareness Groups Invite Public to FREE Picnic, Thurmont Community Park Large Pavilion, Thurmont. 6:30 p.m. Event is instead of regular monthly meetings of each group. Food, activities & displays planned for evening. Anyone impacted by family loss or drug abuse is welcome. Info.: Becky 301-524-8064 or Colt 240-288-1300 or go to Facebook.

13……………. Free Community Workshop: Vacationing On a Budget, Seton Center, Inc., 16840 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 5:30 p.m. 301-447-6102, ext. 17 or visit

14……………. American Legion Post 168 Hosts Flag Retirement Ceremony, 8 Park Ln., Thurmont. Refreshments.

14-17… Friends of Adams County Library’s Summer Book Sale, the Hauser Field House, Jaeger Athletic Center, 265 W. Lincoln Ave., Gettysburg, PA. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.: 9 a.m.-noon). Free admission & parking. Over 40,000 books available. 717-334-5716.

15……………. Free Community Workshop: Positive Money Mindset, Seton Center, Inc., 16840 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 2-3 p.m. 301-447-6102, ext. 17 or visit

15……………. “Making Happy Karaoke Singers” Sing-a-long, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 12:30 p.m. Good-will offering will be available.  Call 24 hrs. prior if  you want to order lunch ($6): 301-271-7911.

15-17… Vacation Bible School, Monocacy Church of the Brethren, 13517 Motters Station Road, Rocky Ridge. June 15-16—6-8:30 p.m.; June 17—9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch served on June 17. Register: or Deb Eyler 301-271-7396.

16……………. Marie Free Doing Seated Massage, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $1/minute. 301-271-7911.

16……………. Catoctin Voices Evening of Poetry, The Creeger House, 11 N. Church St., Thurmont, 7-9 p.m. Bring original poetry to share. 301-418-3375.

16……………. 6th Annual Emergency Services Golf Tournament, Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain. Shot gun 9:15 a.m. w/4-person scramble format. $70/player (includes cart, green fees, refreshments, catered lunch after tournament). Benefits Fairfield and Fountaindale Volunteer Fire Departments. Numerous team & individual prizes. Registration deadline June 12: Sarah Ginn 717-729-1998.

16……………. Thurmont American Legion Post 168 Entertainment: Big Al, 8 Park Ln., Thurmont.

16……………. Fort Ritchie Community Center Speaker Series Event: Steven Pearlstein, 14421 Lake Royer Dr., Highfield-Cascade, MD. Meet Pulitzer Prize winner & Washington Post columnist, Steven Pearlstein. 6:30 p.m. $15/person; $25/couple. Register: or 301-241-5085.

17……………. Grace Rocky Hill Church Strawberry Festival, 10825 Coppermine Rd., Woodsboro, MD. 4 p.m. Music by LODI (previously J.R. Country).

17……………. Emmitsburg Trails Workday, Rainbow Lake, Hampton Valley Road, Emmitsburg. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Refreshments, giveaways, BBQ after work in town.

17……………. Ribbon Cutting Ceremon, East End Park Inclusive Playground, E. Main Street, Thurmont. The Town of Thurmont and the Catoctin Area Civitan Club have rescheduled this event to this date. 10 a.m. Celebrate  completion of Phase 1 of this wonderful project w/special guests, refreshments & fun. RSVP Melody Dix at 301-271-7313, ext. 212 or

18……………. Celebration of Outdoor Ministries; Father’s Day; Graduate Recognition; Mission Team Commissioning; Summerfest for Children; Special Music, Buckingham Choice Ringers, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 9:15 a.m. Open to all.

18……………. Thurmont Regional Library’s Music on the Deck Concert: Southern Valley Gospel Singers, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 2 p.m. Free admission.

19……………. Let There Be Rock acoustic performance by the Frederick Rock School, Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 2 p.m.

19-21… Lady Cougar Volleyball Clinic, Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Rd., Thurmont. 9 a.m.-noon. For students entering grades 6-9. $25/day or $65/all three days. Make checks payable to and mail to: Catoctin H.S. Athletic Boosters c/o Lady Cougar Volleyball Camp, 14745 Sabillasville Rd. Thurmont MD 21788. You may also register the day of the camp. Sherry Levering

20……………. Clothes Closet, Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 10-11:30 a.m.  Church Secretary 301-271-4511.

20……………. Fred Balius, Mental Health Dept. Talk on Aging in Place, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont.  Noon.  301-271-7911.

20……………. Summit Stitchers Quilting Club, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 5:30 p.m. New projects & people always welcome! 717-794-2240.

21……………. Community Showcase, Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 5-7 p.m. Free & open to public. Connect w/businesses & community organizations for info. about internships, classes, volunteer opportunities, etc. 301-600-7200.

21……………. Blue Ridge Garden Club Presents Made In the Shade, Otterbein Church Ministry Center, 912 S., S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, PA. Speaker: George Weigel, Pennsylvania Garden Writer & Horticulturist. 1 p.m. (tea/coffee w/cake bar). Lecture 1:45 p.m. $12/person. Reservations: 717-765-4774.

22……………. Thurmont Police Dept. Talk on Theft from Vehicles & Safeguarding your Home from Theft, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 11:30 a.m. 301-271-7911.

22……………. Big Book Sale, Emmitsburg Library, 300A South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hardcover books $2, paperbacks 50¢. Free Admission.

22……………. Free Adults-only Movie: La La Land (Rated PG-13), Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. Call or stop in to reserve your place: 717-794-2240.

23……………. Free Friday Family Fun Nights, Movie: Sing, Carroll Valley Common Pavilion (rain or shine). Parent must accompany children. Children’s Grocery Store open 6:30-9:00 p.m. (no cost, no income questions asked). Pizza, popcorn & movie. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Wesley Chapel UMC in Fairfield. 717-321-0169.

24……………. Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day Festival, Emmitsburg Community Park, Emmitsburg. Walking path workouts, bike rides & bike rodeo; car, truck & motorcycle show; horseshoe contest; games; live music; craft & vendor show; fireworks & more!

24……………. Big Book Sale, Emmitsburg Library, 300A South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3 bag sale. Admission Free.

24……………. All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, Emmitsburg Fire Hall, 25 W. Main St., Emmitsburg. 6-10 a.m. Benefits Vigilant Hose Company Auxiliary. $8/adult; $4/ages 6-10; Free/ages 5 & under. Dot Davis 301-447-2403.

24……………. Saturday Storytime – Thomas Jefferson, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ages 2 – 4. $5. Pre-registration recommended: 301-600-2936 or

24……………. Civil War Living History – 24th North Carolina, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Kari Saavedra 301-600-2743 or

24……………. Thurmont Main Street Matinee: A Dog’s Purpose, 11 Water St., Thurmont. 2-4 p.m. Free matinee & popcorn.

24……………. Home Run Car Show, presented by Golden Gears Car Club of Frederick, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick, MD. Vehicle registration (all cars, trucks, motorcycles & military vehicles welcome): 9 a.m.-noon (by donation). Raffles, food, prizes, auction, exhibits, music & more. Free parking & admission to public. Proceeds go to three Veterans groups in Frederick Co. Jay 301-831-0154.

26……………. Curious Minds: Strawberries on the Deck, Thurmont Regional Library, Moser Rd., Thurmont. 2 p.m.

26……………. Clothes Closet, Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 6-7:30 p.m. Church Secretary 301-271-4511.

26……………. Meet at Thurmont Sr. Ctr. & Carpool to Lunch at the Parlor House in Waynesboro (order off menu), followed by Farm Tour by Wagon & Ice Cream at Misty Meadow Farm Creamery. $7 ea.  Meet at 10:50 a.m.; leave at 11 a.m. Trip rescheduled if it rains. Sign up & pay by June 20: 301-271-7911.

28……………. Special Bingo to Benefit “Save the Creeger House Fund,” Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1-3 p.m. Must be 18 to play. $5 to play, specials, pickle jar; $1 coverall last game. 301-271-7911. Overflow parking behind police station.

30……………. Elly Jenkins Dept. of Aging, Thurmont Sr. Ctr., 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up for half-hour appt. to discuss Dept. of Aging Programs for seniors and/or Medicare: 301-271-7911.


Last chance to get your tickets for the Vigilant Hose Company’s Annual Spring Fling on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Mount St. Mary’s University’s East Campus (behind the ARCC). There will be $30,000 given in prizes, along with live music, games, and much more! View the advertisement on page 3 for how to get your tickets today!