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The 2nd Annual Gateway To The Cure Zumbathon was held on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Thurmont American Legion.

Zumba lovers of all ages came out to show their support for Gateway To The Cure, the Town of Thurmont’s annual fundraiser. Thurmont Zumba Instructor Kellie Bevard organized the entire event, with the assistance of four other Frederick County Zumba instructors.

The Zumbathon raised $900 in just two hours! Proceeds for Gateway To The Cure are donated to the FMH Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Thurmont’s 6th Annual Gateway To The Cure will be held the entire month of October. Proceeds from the Zumbathohn will be included in the October month-long fundraiser.

The 2nd Annual Gateway To The Cure Zumbathon fundraiser, held April 7, 2019, raises $900 in two hours.

James Rada, Jr.

October has become a month when the residents and businesses in Thurmont go all-out to fight breast cancer. This year was no different, with Thurmont raising $18,000 for its 5th Annual Gateway to the Cure. With this year’s donation to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund, Thurmont has raised $62,000 over five years.

With the Thurmont Mayor and Commissioners wearing their pink T-shirts, they held a meeting to present the town’s annual donation to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.

Thurmont Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder reminded the commissioners and mayor that when the town began its efforts in 2014, they were hoping to be able to sell a case (122) of pink light bulbs.

“Jim Humerick and I were afraid we wouldn’t sell them all,” Grinder said. “We sold 1,348 that year and had two dozen businesses on board with us.”

Jeff and Patty Hurwitz created The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital in 1999. Patty had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the couple believed that early diagnosis had helped improve her chances of beating cancer. The fund is used to help improve ways of diagnosing and fighting cancer in the county. The fund has raised $1.7 million to date. That money has gone to purchase things, such as a machine for biopsies and another for 3D mammography. Every dollar donated to the fund is used for direct patient benefit, and there are no administrative costs.

During October, the Town of Thurmont sold pink light bulbs, sold Gateway to the Cure merchandise, sponsored “Paint a Lighted Wine Bottle” afternoon, held a Zumbathon at the American Legion, held a 5K race, and planted a pinwheel garden in honor of loved ones and survivors of all types of cancer.

Nearly fifty businesses and groups also participated in the Gateway to the Cure by holding their own fundraisers to contribute to the town’s donation.

Catoctin High Football Team and Cheer Squad sold pink T-shirts to be worn during the pink-out games.

Thurmont Historical Society donated a portion of its new member and returning member membership fees.

Gateway Orthodontics donated money for each set of braces patients purchased and sold pink mouthguards.

Timeless Trends held a night of pampering for people with local wine, food, and services.

Roy Rogers donated a portion of the strawberry shortcake sales for the month.

Simply Asia donated a portion of its customers’ checks.

Woodsboro Bank held Pink Fridays where employees could pay to wear pink on Friday, sold merchandise, and paid for each Facebook like their page received.

Criswell Chevrolet donated a portion of the cost of each oil change performed in October.

The thing that many of these participating businesses had in common is that they had employees, members, family, or friends who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some had fought it and won. Others had died from the disease. These businesses and groups wanted to help find a cure or at least more-effective ways to treat breast cancer.

The $18,000 donation is not only Thurmont’s largest donation to date, but it is also 20 percent more than was donated in 2017.

“This town is just amazing, and you should be commended for that,” Jeff Hurwitz told the commissioners.

Thurmont’s involvement in the Gateway to the Cure started in 2014 with Commissioner Wayne Hooper, whose wife Jill is a breast cancer survivor. Since that time, Grinder has been coordinating the town’s efforts to help find a cure.

Thurmont raises $18,000 for its 5th Annual Gateway to the Cure and presents check to Patty Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at FMH.

 

As the leaves on Catoctin Mountain turned to yellow, red, and orange, Thurmont turned pink as the town supported activities to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

During October, Thurmont becomes the “Gateway to the Cure,” as the town sells pink light bulbs, pink t-shirts, pink shopping bags, and more. In addition, various groups hold events and fundraisers and donate the income to the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Jeff and Patty Hurwitz created The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital in 1999. Patty had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the couple believed that early diagnosis had helped improve her chances of beating cancer. The fund is used to improve ways of diagnosing and fighting cancer in the county. The fund has raised $1.7 million to date. That money has gone to purchase things, such as a machine for biopsies and another for 3D mammography. Every dollar donated to the fund is used for direct patient benefit, and there are no administrative costs.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of great things with this fund,” said Sadie Wolf, development officer for the fund.

She told the Thurmont Commissioners that because of the hospital’s focus on fighting breast cancer, and with the help of the fund, the time between a patient’s cancer diagnosis and surgery has shrunk from fifty-nine days to twelve days. This means that cancers are treated earlier, which improves a patient’s chances of survival.

Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder told the commissioners that 2017 had been the best year so far for the town’s campaign. Thurmont donated $15,000 to the fund. This brought the town’s four-year total donations to $43,648.

Grinder is hoping that the town does even better this year. She said things had gotten off to a good start with a two-hour Zumbathon at the American Legion that raised $700. The annual 5K run/walk also had forty runners and walkers raising money to find a cure.

Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird stated that he was challenging all of the other municipalities in the county to do something in their own communities to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

The town will make its donation later in the year, once all of the donations have come in and been tallied.

Thurmont’s involvement in the Gateway to the Cure started in 2014 by Commissioner Wayne Hooper, whose wife Jill is a breast cancer survivor. Since that time, Grinder has been coordinating the town’s efforts to help find a cure.

As the leaves on Catoctin Mountain turned to yellow, red, and orange, Thurmont turned pink as the town supported activities to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

During October, Thurmont becomes the “Gateway to the Cure,” as the town sells pink light bulbs, pink t-shirts, pink shopping bags, and more. In addition, various groups hold events and fundraisers and donate the income to the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Jeff and Patty Hurwitz created The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital in 1999. Patty had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the couple believed that early diagnosis had helped improve her chances of beating cancer. The fund is used to improve ways of diagnosing and fighting cancer in the county. The fund has raised $1.7 million to date. That money has gone to purchase things, such as a machine for biopsies and another for 3D mammography. Every dollar donated to the fund is used for direct patient benefit, and there are no administrative costs.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of great things with this fund,” said Sadie Wolf, development officer for the fund.

She told the Thurmont Commissioners that because of the hospital’s focus on fighting breast cancer, and with the help of the fund, the time between a patient’s cancer diagnosis and surgery has shrunk from fifty-nine days to twelve days. This means that cancers are treated earlier, which improves a patient’s chances of survival.

Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder told the commissioners that 2017 had been the best year so far for the town’s campaign. Thurmont donated $15,000 to the fund. This brought the town’s four-year total donations to $43,648.

Grinder is hoping that the town does even better this year. She said things had gotten off to a good start with a two-hour Zumbathon at the American Legion that raised $700. The annual 5K run/walk also had forty runners and walkers raising money to find a cure.

Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird stated that he was challenging all of the other municipalities in the county to do something in their own communities to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

The town will make its donation later in the year, once all of the donations have come in and been tallied.

Thurmont’s involvement in the Gateway to the Cure started in 2014 by Commissioner Wayne Hooper, whose wife Jill is a breast cancer survivor. Since that time, Grinder has been coordinating the town’s efforts to help find a cure.

Vickie Grinder

On November 14, 2017, the Town of Thurmont presented Patty Hurwitz a check in the amount of $15,000 from donations collected from local businesses, the Gateway to the Cure 5K, and the town selling Gateway to the Cure merchandise. No words can describe how awesome the Thurmont Business Community is, along with all those who supported them by making purchases and visiting these businesses or just purchasing a pink light bulb and turning it on every night in the month of October. Businesses were invited to talk about their Gateway to the Cure promotion during the presentation, and Gateway Candyland, Gateway Liquors, Gateway Orthodontics, and The Eyler Stables Flea Market spoke about their promotions. The Catoctin Football team also presented Patty with a check from money collected from their “Pink Out Night” in October for $1,447. This marks the close of the 4th Annual Gateway to the Cure, and what a wonderful journey for Thurmont, as this marks a total of $43,648 donated to the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital over the past four years. Thanks to each and everyone of you who helped us once again exceed some pretty lofty goals! For more information on the Patty Hurwitz Fund, go to: www.pinkribbonfrederick.org.

Participating Businesses: Anytime Fitness;, Amber Hill; Bollinger’s Restaurant; Catoctin Breeze Vineyard; Catoctin Vet Clinic; Cindy Grimes-J&B Real Estate; Criswell Chevrolet; Center of Life massage therapists; Center of Life Holistic Health Center massage therapists; Complete Auto Diagnostics; Cousins Ace Hardware; Gateway Orthodontics; Gateway Candyland; Gateway Liquors; Gateway Flowers; Gnarly Artly; Here’s Clydes; Hobbs Hardware; Hillside Turkey Farms; J. Rothrock Outfitters; Main Street Groomers; Med One Pharmacy; Mountain Gate Family Restaurant; Peak Benefits Group; Playground Specialists; R.S. Kinnaird Memorials; Rebecca Pearl Gallery; Red Canary Tattoo; Seven Dragonflies Studio; Shamrock Restaurant; Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery, & Distillery; Stauffer Funeral Homes P.A.; Thurmont Bar & Grill; The Eyler Stables Flea Market; Thurmont Kountry Kitchen; Thurmont Child Care Center, Inc.; Thurmont Regional Library; Thurmont Senior Center; Timeless Trends Boutique; Town of Thurmont; Young Living Essential Oils; Twice Is Nice; Wait, What? Sauce Co. LLC.

Jehu B. Shown

Members of the AMVETS Post 7 in Thurmont, Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, and the AMVETS Riders offered their service to others during the holiday season.

Members provided camaraderie to senior residents at Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick and at St. Joseph’s Ministries in Emmitsburg.

Residents at North Point Homeless Veterans Program in Hagerstown were treated to holiday cookies, and members visited with patients at the Martinsburg Veterans Hospital Center and distributed “We Care” kits, Beanie Babies, and Bobble Heads.

A Giving Tree to help less fortunate families, a Toy Drive to benefit pediatric patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital, and Care packages for active military personnel helped the jolly man in red to provide a memorable holiday to others.

A Children’s Christmas Party was held for the children and grandchildren of members, as well as for children of local military units. The children were delighted when Santa Claus appeared to hear each child’s wish list. The children received treats as well as small gifts during the party.

Contributions were also made to the Wreaths Across America program to help remember and honor deceased Veterans during the holiday season.

More than $6,690 was donated to include the activities above, as well as to support homeless Veterans, children’s hospitals, a local food bank, and families in need.

Susan Shown, Pat Superczynski, Donnie McKinnon, Mary Forrest, Jehu Shown, Mary McKinnon, James Payne, and Richard Fleagle are shown at Homeland at Crumland Farms.

North Point Homeless Veterans Program: Sandi Reed-Burns presents holiday cookies to Program Supervisor Jennifer Drake for program clients.

Drumroll, please…. Thanks to all of the generous Thurmont Think Pink Business Contributors, and all who patronized these businesses, as well as to all who purchased Thurmont Think Pink “Gateway To The Cure” merchandise, and all those who participated in the Thurmont Think Pink 5K! On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Thurmont Think Pink Third Annual check total was $13,675! Add to that the proceeds from the Catoctin High School Football, Cheerleading, and Crazies’ Pink Out Night, which totaled $750, and the result is a whopping $14,425, all donated to the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The Patty Hurwitz Fund at FMH brings a brighter tomorrow for all of those diagnosed with breast cancer or are currently undergoing treatment at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

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Pictured from left are Bill Buehrer, Thurmont Commissioner; Vickie Grinder, Thurmont Main Street Manager; Jonathan A. Moles, Gateway Orthodontics; Jim Humerick, Thurmont Chief Administrative Officer; Wayne Hooper, Thurmont Commissioner; Patty Hurwitz; Marty Burns; Thurmont Commissioner, Wes Hamrick; Thurmont Commissioners, John and Maggy Doll, Gateway Candyland and Liquors; Niki Eyler, Eyler’s Stables and Flea Market; and Jonathan Bramson, Catoctin Veterinary Clinic.

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Representatives of Catoctin High School Football Team (from left) Owen Brown, Eli Frei, Shane Biser, Tristan Rice, and Chase Wilhelm, are pictured with Patty Hurwitz of the Patty Hurwitz Fund at FMH.

James Rada, Jr.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Ruopoli is used to seeing accidents after the damage is done, and then reconstructing what happened. However, that all changed in August, when Ruopoli was driving home to Emmitsburg with his family and he witnessed a van and car collide on U.S. 15 North.

“The car cut across the road, hit the embankment, and went up in the air and came down on its roof,” Ruopoli said.

Ruopoli stopped his car and rushed over to the accident scene, while his wife dialed 911. The female passenger had her legs wedged between the seat and door. He managed to open the door and free her legs. He said that she was mumbling, but alive.

Then he saw the driver. The man was hanging upside down in his seat belt; his head was against the roof of the car in such a way that his weight was on his neck.

“He was blue,” Ruopoli said. “His hands, his face, his feet were blue. He wasn’t breathing.”

Ruopoli rushed around to the driver’s door and opened it. A woman who had gotten out of her car to help told Ruopoli that she had emergency dispatch on the line, and they were telling her to leave the man alone in case moving him made his injuries worse.

Ruopoli told her, “He’s not breathing. If I don’t do something, he’s going to be dead.”

Ruopoli’s son began to tell the gathering crowd that Ruopoli was a deputy, which is something that Ruopoli realized that he hadn’t done.

He reached into the car and felt for the man’s pulse. It was there, but something needed to be done to get the man breathing again.

Ruopoli freed the man’s trapped legs and then was able to roll him around gently, relieving the pressure on his neck and lay him out in the car. He then cleared the man’s airway and began chest compressions.

After a while, the injured man spit up a little and began breathing. The color came back into his body, and his eyes began moving.

Trooper 3 landed in the southbound lanes of U.S. 15, and the paramedics placed the man on a back board to transport him to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The woman passenger and woman van driver were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ruopoli later contacted the female passenger and found out that the man had been released from Shock Trauma and was in a rehabilitation hospital. He had to have neck surgery, but he is expected to recover.

If not for Ruopoli’s actions, the man might have died before emergency services personnel could have reached him.

 

Deb Spalding

Thurmont will again host and expand a Think Pink campaign during the month of October, in support of the Patty Hurwitz Cancer Research Fund. This year will see the first-ever Thurmont Think Pink 5K Run/Walk, taking place on October 24, 2015, at 15 Eyler Road in Thurmont. Registration and check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., with the race starting at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $25.00, if registered by October 10 (guaranteed a t-shirt), and $35.00 on race day. Register online at www.thinkpink5k.com, at the Thurmont Town Office, or at Thurmont’s Anytime Fitness.

Pink light bulbs were a hit last year and can be purchased this year at Hobb’s Hardware or Ace Hardware in Thurmont.

Don’t miss the Think Pink Paint Night with Laura on Friday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Street Center, located at 11 Water Street in Thurmont. Wear pink clothing or feel free to wear your pink pajamas. The cost is $40.00 per person, which includes all supplies and one free glass of wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Thurmont Think Pink. Get your tickets at the Thurmont Town Office or contact vgrinder@thurmontstaff.com.

For a list of business sponsors and for more information, see the Town of Thurmont’s Think Pink advertisement on page 9.

The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) was established in 1999 by Jeff and Patty Hurwitz, after Patty’s diagnosis of breast cancer. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund is a fund of FMH, a private, not-for-profit, community hospital with a 501 (c)(3) tax status. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Visit www.pinkribbonfrederick.org/about/.

 

BUSINESS -Renovations -photo 3BUSINESS -Renovations -photo 1Georgine Rabenold

Renovations Salon and Day Spa got a makeover. The transformation began over Labor Day weekend 2014, and when the doors reopened that following Thursday, the salon had a fresh, updated new look. The Salon and Spa has been open for nine years.

“It was time for a new look. We want to keep the spa in style, just like our customers,” said owner Claire Bennett.

Renovations Salon and Day Spa offers a complete package of services, from facials to hair coloring to pedicures. In addition, they also offer special occasion services for weddings, homecoming, prom, or any big day in your life. They have a full staff of ten experienced stylists, nail technicians, and even a makeup artist!

Renovations participated in Thurmont Thinks Pink in October. Claire and her staff challenged customers to “think pink” by offering them the choice of a pink glitter nail for $5.00, to get a pink hair flair, or to make a small donation. All proceeds went to The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

If you haven’t already, come see the new look at Renovations Salon and Day Spa, located at 120 Frederick Road in Thurmont. 

think pink donationFor the month of October, the Town of Thurmont sponsored a “Think Pink” fundraising campaign, during which many businesses and residents contributed to the Patty Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital. “Think Pink” resulted in an impressive response. Through the cooperation of residents and businesses in Thurmont, the Town of Thurmont presented the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital with a check for $5,287.10 at the town’s November 18, 2014, meeting.

Thurmont’s Chief Administrative Officer, Jim Humerick, stated, “To have this type of participation and support from businesses and residents for the first year of our program is phenomenal. This speaks volumes about our community.”

“Thanks to all the ‘Think Pink’ Business participants, the residents, and the Town of Thurmont. Thurmont rocks!” added Thurmont’s Main Street Manager, Vickie Grinder.