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Blair Garrett

Rain or shine, the Thurmont carnivals are always a good time. June is an exciting month. You lose the brisk mornings, the temperature cranks up, and school is out for all of the kids.

June is especially exciting in Thurmont, with not one, but two, carnivals coming to town, giving people a much-needed injection of fun and excitement to start off their summer.

The Thurmont Community Ambulance Company’s annual carnival kicked off at the beginning of June without a hitch. With four days of beautiful weather and tons of great games, sunshine, rides, and bingo, it was almost impossible not to have a great time.

And, who can forget the fireworks! An event more than a millennium old, fireworks are still as captivating today as they were in ancient times. Thurmont Ambulance’s fireworks kicked off just as the light in the sky dimmed, and the finale was a sight to behold. Thurmont Ambulance Company’s Lowman Keeney said, “Our carnival was very successful this year with a gorgeous week and fireworks.”

The Annual Thurmont Firemen’s Carnival at the Guardian Hose Company Carnival grounds powered its way through some stormy weather, but that didn’t dampen the moods of excited families.

Despite some rain delays, the food was coming out hot, spirits were high, and the kids swarmed to the carnival attractions like bees to honey as soon as the clouds parted.

The Firemen’s Carnival is always highlighted by one of the most anticipated parades in Frederick County. And, for the first time since 2019, fire trucks, ambulances, and community members took to the streets to celebrate.

There was loud music, cheering, banners, and a whole lot of fun getting to see all the different people stroll through the main drag in Thurmont.

Good food and good music make for good times, and there’s been no better place to find it throughout the years than the Thurmont carnivals.  

Cover Photo: Patty Phillips’ granddaughter, Lydia, holds up her winnings from the goldfish game at the Thurmont Carnival!

A brave rider takes on the infamous mechanical bull at the Thurmont Community Ambulance Company Carnival.

The kids coaster is one of the most popular rides for kids attending their first carnival or their tenth carnival.

A family takes a fun spin on the Merry-Go-Round.

A duo of carnival-goers race to blast a target with water with the hopes to win a stuffed animal.

Kids take a fun spin on the Scrambler.

Two boys shoot for a chance to win hermit crabs.

Guests flock to food stands as the carnival grounds open.

People line the streets to see the much-anticipated Guardian Hose Company Fireman’s Parade.

A group of kids are midair in one of the most adrenaline-pumping rides at the carnival.

The spinning swings are packed with kids looking for some high-flying fun.

Photos by Blair Garrett

The Guardian Hose Company, Inc. has decided to cancel the James H. Mackley Golf Day that was scheduled for September 26, 2020, at the Maple Run Golf Course. The event is held to raise funds for graduating seniors from Catoctin High School who plan to continue their education in the emergency services field. This would have been the 10th year for this event. But, with COVID-19 and cases beginning to rise again, it was decided not to hold the event this year for the safety of our first responders and also the public.

The Guardian Hose Company is pleased to announce that the scholarship was awarded to Emma Ford this past year, and they were also able to renew scholarships for Lauren Ames and Caitlyn Naff again this year.

The Guardian Hose Company thanks all the businesses that supported this fundraising event, and all of the golfers that always came out to make this a fun-filled day. They are looking forward to holding the James H. Mackley Golf Day next September 2021 and hope to see everyone then.

During the annual Catoctin Colorfest, Inc. banquet at Simply Asia in Thurmont on November 18, 2019, Carol Robertson, president of Catoctin Colorfest, Inc., reported that the weather during the annual Colorfest event, held in October, was the “best ever!” The sunny, calm, temperate weekend resulted in record numbers in attendance, sales, smooth operations, and favorable public opinion.

Statistics to note include that The Thurmont Ambulance Company sold almost 11,000 apple dumplings, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church sold 490 crab cake sandwiches. Catoctin Colorfest, Inc. had 237 food and craft vendors that produced $14,290 in permit revenue for the town.

It was with happiness that Carol presented $20,308.17 to various community organizations who support the event. The Guardian Hose Company: $1,500; Thurmont Ambulance Company: $1,500 and two vendor spaces; Thurmont Police Department: $1,500; Catoctin High FFA Scholarship Hog: $1,650; Catoctin High School Student Scholarships: $4,500; Town of Thurmont garden supplies: $168.17; Commissioners of Thurmont: $5,000; Gift Cards $100; Thurmont Food Bank: 220 meal baskets worth $3,500; a bereavement basket: $150; Christmas decorations for Mechanic’s Town Park: $100; and family Christmas meals: $150.

Recognition was observed in the memory of John Brown, a founder of Catoctin Colorfest and past president, who passed this past July. Carol recalled that he would tumble gems for sale during the early events before opening his jewelry business in Thurmont.

The 57th Catoctin Colorfest, Inc. event will be held October 10-11, 2020.Members of the Colorfest, Inc. Board of Directors and representatives of recipient agencies (from left): Jeff Wood (Catoctin Colorfest), Jim Humerick (Town of Thurmont and Thurmont Ambulance Co.), Mary Edwards, Frank Taylor, Mike Ancarrow, Carol Robertson, Nancy Mooney, Ted Zimmerman, and Cathy Maverick (Catoctin Colorfest), Harold Bollinger and Sally Joyner-Giffin (Thurmont Food Bank), Wayne Stackhouse (Guardian Hose Company), and John Kinnaird (Town of Thurmont).

The Guardian Hose Company, Inc. (GHC) hosted its annual awards banquet at their Activities Building on East Main Street in Thurmont on Saturday, March 4, 2017. GHC President Wayne Stackhouse welcomed attendees and thanked GT’s Catering for catering the evening’s meal. GHC Vice President Terry Frushour introduced several special guests.

GHC’s Chaplain, Reverend James Hamrick, gave the invocation and memorial service. GHC lost two members in 2016: Roy Clabaugh and Frank Shriner. Roy Clabaugh died Monday, January 25, 2016, at the age of ninety-three. He was the loving husband of Gloria Weddle Clabaugh; they were married sixty-eight years. He joined GHC on May 2, 1945. Frank Shriner died on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the age of seventy-one, husband of Alice Shriner for nearly fifty-three years. He joined GHC on October 7, 1964.

Chief Tom Owens with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services said, “This is a company that still does it the old-fashioned way. One hundred percent volunteer, they work hard for the community and have great support by the community. This is the formula it takes to be successful.”

Wayne Stackhouse thanked William “Bill” Sanders for doing the accounting work for the GHC. “It’s good to see all of the old-timers. For the young people, my goodness gracious, I challenge all of the young people to lean forward because volunteerism in America has to go forward. Without you young people, volunteerism will not be present tomorrow,” expressed Bill.

GHC’s Chief Chris Kinnaird gave the 2016 Chief’s Report, reviewing that the company had a busy year, with 551 alarms. Fire loss was pretty low, considering that there were four fires. GHC saw an increase in vehicle entrapment, vehicle fatalities, and high-angle mountain rescues in 2016. At the end of the year, weather played a role in two mountain fires that consumed 21 acres in a two-day period. The GHC is raising funds to replace engine tanker 104 with a $650,000 tanker.

Chief Kinnaird extended praise to the company’s volunteers. Kinnaird expressed that he knows the impact the company has on the community. He receives compliments often, and said, “Everyone should be proud of that; I know I am.”

The Top Ten Responders were: Terry Frushour (370 alarms), Brad Weddle (316), Brian Donovan (285), Chad Brown (250), Jared Snyder (216), Steve Strickhouser (196), Mike Double (179), Christopher Kinnaird (154), Larry Double (144), and Brandon Boyle (139).

Chief Kinnaird closed out his report by talking about the historic Hoke Furniture Fire on October 18, 1986. In doing some research on that fire, he found a letter from Lloyd Hoke to then GHC Chief Mackley, dated December 1986, in which the company was commended. Chief Mackley made reference in other logs about making sure all of the fire equipment was put away after the fire before going out to get pizza. Chief Kinnaird said that things were totally different thirty years ago in how fires were fought, and that manpower (the number of volunteer firefighters) was four times greater. There were sometimes thirty-nine or forty volunteers going out on a call.

President Wayne Stackhouse followed Chief Kinnaird and recalled “rackin’ them and packin’ them,” referencing the great number of volunteer firefighters who rode on the firetrucks to a call.

Stackhouse presented Service Awards: (5 Years) Tina Yingling; (15 Years) Linda Davis, Pam Fraley, Trina Wiltrout, Joseph Wehage, Stacie Stackhouse; (20 Years) Dana Due, Charles “Brad” Weddle, Robert Myers; (35 Years—some were founders of the Ladies Auxillary in 1981) Michelle Wivell, Glenna Wilhide, Anna Mae Valentine, Georgette Stitely, Beatrice Bentz, Gloria Clabaugh, Irene Matthews, Priscilla Portner, Darlene Rickard, Candy Zentz, Bev Frushour; and (70 Years) M. William “Bill” Rice. Life Membership Awards were presented to Keith Donnelly, Joseph F. Moser, and Tina M. Ohler.

President Stackhouse expressed special thanks to neighboring fire departments; the Town of Thurmont staff members for their timely support; Wachter Enterprises for ongoing support; Terry Frushour for spearheading the golf tournament, scholarship, and sponsorship letters; Mike Duble for maintenance on vehicles and fleet support; administrative officers for keeping him going; Chief Kinnaird and his operating officers for all they do; Tisha Miller for taking on the detailed and time-consuming job of LOSAP Chairman; the activities committee for helping not only the fire company, but for executing their own fundraising activities; and Chad Brown for setting up GHC’s website.

GHC thanked Mountain Gate Restaurant, Rocky’s Pizza, Keilholtz Trucking, Pennwood Shows, Hillside Turkey Farm, Wachter Enterprises, Gateway Farm Market, Catoctin Mountain Orchard, The Town of Thurmont and entire staff, and Catoctin Colorfest for their annual support of the company.

GHC events include sportsman drawings, annual carnival, flower sale/chicken BBQ, fall festival, James Mackley Golf Tournament, Holiday Bazaar, and new Fall Cash Bash. Terry Frushour, coordinator of the golf tournament, thanked neighboring fire departments, Criswell Chevrolet, Mountain View Lawn Service, Tom’s Creek Incorporated, and Wolfsville Fire Department for their sponsorship of the tournament. Two thousand dollars in scholarships are awarded each year.

Stackhouse recognized Russell Schantz for serving as the GHC treasurer for the past twenty-eight years. Schantz has decided to step down. Being a multi-million dollar organization, the job of treasurer is a large responsibility. Schantz was presented with a plaque in recognition of his excellence in performing the office of treasurer.

Robert Jacobs, with the Maryland State Fireman’s Association, installed 2017 GHC officers. Administrative Officers include: Wayne Stackhouse—President; Don Stitely—President Emeritus; Terry Frushour—Vice President; Lori Brown—Secretary; Tisha Miller—Assistant Secretary; Bev Frushour—Treasurer; Russ Schantz—Assistant Treasurer; and Brian Donovan, Jody Miller, Steve Yingling, Chad Brown, Joe Ohler—Trustees. Operational Officers include: Chris Kinnaird—Chief; Carroll Brown—Assistant Chief; Blaine Schildt—Captain; Sean Donovan and Will Due—Lieutenants.

For more information about The Guardian Hose Company, visit their website at

2017 Administrative Officers

2017 Operational Officers

by Theresa Dardanell

The Guardian Hose Company, Inc.

Frederick County Company 10

Hopefully, you will never need to be rescued due to an accident at Catoctin Mountain National Park or Cunningham Falls State Park; but if you do, the Guardian Hose Company provides fire and rescue services to an 84-square mile area that includes the parks.  I recently met with Company President Wayne Stackhouse and Fire Chief Chris Kinnaird and watched a training session at the Guardian Hose Company, during which several members practiced setting up a Z Rig, an arrangement of ropes and pulleys used for a rescue.  The rigging gets its name because, when completed, it looks like the letter Z.  Monthly trainings help members keep their skills up-to-date so that they are prepared for any emergency. One previous training provided a refresher on the self-contained breathing apparatus that is needed for firefighters to enter smoke-filled buildings.

The Guardian Hose Company was organized in 1887, and started with hand-drawn fire apparatus and a bell on top of the town hall that was rung to alert the firefighters.  The first fire hall, built in 1890, was located in a garage under the town hall. It was replaced in 1950 and then again in 2007. Currently, the company has two engines, an engine tanker to carry additional water, a rescue squad vehicle, two  brush trucks, a quick response vehicle, and a special air unit, which is a trailer where the self-contained breathing apparatus can be refilled so that firefighters don’t have to leave the scene to refill their air tanks.

The one hundred percent volunteer organization has 225 members who serve in one or more of the membership categories:  active administration, active emergency operations, social, or junior membership. Current officers are Wayne Stackhouse—President; Terry Frushour—Vice President; Lori Brown—Secretary; Tisha Miller—Assistant Secretary; Beverly Frushour—Treasurer; Russell Schantz—Assistant Treasurer; Chris Kinnaird—Fire Chief; Carroll Brown—Assistant Chief; Blaine Schildt—Captain; Will Gue and Sean Donovan—Lieutenants; Chad Brown and Brian Donovan—Sergeants. Trustees are Chad Brown, Brian Donovan, Jody Miller, Joseph Ohler, and Steven Yingling.

The company has lots of family ties; there are members who are brothers, mothers and sons, fathers and sons, or husbands and wives. According to Wayne Stackhouse, many began as junior members and almost forty percent of the members also belong to the ambulance company. They all have different jobs, but they all work together, not only during an emergency, but also during the fundraisers. The biggest events are, of course, Colorfest, the carnival, and the fall festival.

Fire Chief Kinnaird said that Fire Safety Education is an important part of the job. School groups and scout troops learn about emergency situations and when to call 911, as well as escape plans and first aid.  When the children go to the fire station, they get to see the fire trucks and the firefighter’s gear close up.  They can even try on the gear. Promoting fire safety in the home is also encouraged. Contact your local fire department to request a home inspection of your smoke detectors.

The dedicated members of the Guardian Hose Company work hard to fulfill their mission, “to assist in protecting the lives and property of the people of Thurmont and vicinity, and to assist in rescuing persons and conveying them to a place of safety; to extinguish fire and prevent its spreading to adjacent property; in case of collapsed buildings, to rescue all persons and bodies; to clear debris and to remove all weak or dangerous parts of the building.”

Brian Donovan, Chad Brown, Daniel Myers, Brandon Boyle, and Ray Snyder practice setting up a Z Rig during a training session at the Guardian Hose Fire Station.

One weekend, every year, Thurmont is taken over by crafters, vendors, visitors, and shoppers during the Catoctin Colorfest. The show promotes “artisans and craftsman who are hard-working individuals putting their hearts and souls into their craft.” While it seems like a temporary small-town take-over, it is nice to know that the show generates a significant financial benefit to our community.

Catoctin Colorfest’s president, Carol Robertson, and Colorfest Committee members hosted a banquet on November 14, 2016 to thank event volunteers and distribute donations. A total of $18,044.08 was distributed to various organizations of Thurmont. Highlights included that the Guardian Hose Company, Thurmont Ambulance Company, and Thurmont Police Department were each given $1,500, Catoctin High School Scholarships totalled $3,500, $2,500 was given to the Town of Thurmont towards the reforestation of the Community Park, and the Thurmont Food Bank received $3,000. The Town of Thurmont issued 694 permits for the weekend, with 34 being food vendors, and Catoctin Colorfest paid the town $14,420 for official Colorfest vendors. Robertson extended sincere thanks to event volunteers, town staff, and the Thurmont community.


Some of those who attended the 2016 Colorfest Banquest are shown.

Allison Rostad

A vision and hope for the next generation was prominent at the Guardian Hose Company’s annual banquet, held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Guardian Hose Company’s Activities Building in Thurmont.

Emcee of the night, President Wayne Stackhouse, welcomed guests to a dinner (catered by GT’s Catering of Cascade), with an invocation from Chaplin Reverend James Hamrick. Guests from surrounding fire companies, volunteer ambulance companies, and local businesses attended the banquet in support of the company.

Reverend James Hamrick held a memorial service and asked for a moment of silence for the one deceased member, Donald Weddle, before beginning the presentation of the 2015 report, awards, and installation of officers.

Chief Chris Kinnaird presented the 2015 report, mentioning several new equipment upgrades, including 5.5 Scott CVA Packs, a compressor and fill station, and computers. The total call volume was down from 2014 to 469 calls, with 373 of them being first-due calls. The total fire loss was only $25,500, which was a good low number for the year.

Several new members joined in 2015. After announcing that Daniel Myers, a member’s son, had joined the company this past year, Kinnaird stated, “We need outsiders to come in, and we also need our families to continue this tradition of firefighting that we’ve started and that continues in this department for so many years.” The next generation of Frushour and Duble families are expected to become active within the next year, continuing the generation tradition within the fire company.

Certificates of appreciation were presented by Chief Kinnaird and Assistant Chief Carroll Brown to the Top 5 Drivers: Steve Yingling (59 alarms), Mike Duble (143 alarms), Wayne Stackhouse (161 alarms), Larry Duble (169 alarms), and Terry Frushour (299 alarms); and for Top Firefighter Responders: Stacey Stackhouse (59 alarms), Mike Beard (75 alarms), Bobby Black (115 alarms), Steve Strickhouser (125 alarms), David Sanders (137 alarms), Brad Weddle (169 alarms), Christopher Kinnaird (173 alarms), David Easterday (183 alarms), Brian Donovan (240 alarms), and Chad Brown (256 alarms).

Two additional Chief Awards were presented to Chad Brown and Brian Donovan, who “showed commitment, passion for their duties, and furthermore, a willingness to help out anywhere they could.” Both men continued their education; were top responders; helped at all, if not most, company functions; and planned and organized a new fundraiser for the company. They both responded to the Emmitsburg house fire on December 7, 2015, and assisted with the interior search and rescue of a downed subject. Brown and Donovan did what they were trained to do and, although the outcome did not go as expected, they were recognized for their courage and diligence in responding to the call and administering life-saving assistance where needed.

Chief Kinnaird closed out his presentation with remarks regarding the year to come, and the hope of its success. Chief Kinnaird then turned everyone’s attention over to President Stackhouse, who introduced Vice President Terry Frushour to present a certificate of appreciation to Bill and Howard (non-members) for their support and reconstruction help of building and projects throughout the past year. President Stackhouse then invited the chairman of the events committee, Bev Frushour to award a certificate of appreciation to AJ Hahn, who has always provided help and assistance during Guardian Hose Company events.

President Stackhouse then cut right to his presentation of awards for years of service: Brian Donovan (5 years), Joshua Bentz (15 years), James Demarais (15 years), Randy Demarais (20 years), Tisha Miller (20 years), Abby Valentine (20 years), Ross Smith III (30 years), Timothy Bentz (30 years), Carroll Brown II (35 years), Judith White (35 years), Steve Yingling (35 years), Terry Frushour (40 years), David Valentine (40 years), and Robert Wilhide (55 years).

Life Membership awards were also presented to Roxanne Angel and Jody Miller.

To conclude the evening, President Stackhouse thanked several businesses within the Thurmont community that stood behind the company and supported them with donations, along with anything that was asked of them throughout the 2015 year.

“The standards we set forth in our operations to serve the community when we’re called to duty would be difficult for us to maintain without their support for the fire company,” expressed Stackhouse.

Prior to the benediction, the 2016 Operational and Administrative Officers were installed.

Administrative Officers: President—Wayne Stackhouse; President Emeritus—Don Stitely; Vice President—Terry Frushour; Secretary—Lori Borwn; Assistant Secretary—Tisha Miller; Treasurer—Russ Shantz; Assistant Treasurer—Pam Fraley; Trustees—Brian Donovan, Jody Miller, Steve Strickhouser, Chad Brown, and Joe Ohler.

Operational Officers: Chief—Chris Kinnaird; Assistant Chief—Carroll Brown; Captain—Blaine Schildt; Sergeant—Chad Brown; Lieutenants—Sean Donovan and Will Gue.


Operational Officers


Administrative Officers

Planning Fireworks Show for Next Year’s Heritage Day Event

On the heels of a successful Emmitsburg Heritage Day event by the Emmitsburg Lions Club, and kudos for pulling off a fun and complete event a day later than planned due to heavy rain, planning is actually underway for next year’s event.

In cooperation with the Emmitsburg Lions Club, the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association (EBPA) raises funds for the annual fireworks show that caps off the Heritage Day event and celebrates our nation’s independence. EBPA is now gathering funds for a down payment on next year’s show. Please consider contributing. Your donation is tax deductible. Send to: EBPA, Fireworks Show, P.O. Box 633, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Thurmont Food Bank in Need of Donations

The Thurmont Food Bank is low on food and their funds are dwindling. About 310 households receive food each month, but some families may go hungry unless they get donations to purchase food.

If you are able, please help out by sending checks to The Thurmont Food Bank at P.O. Box 74, Thurmont, MD 21788, or you can place donations in the mail slot in the entry way to the Thurmont Food Bank, which is located at 10 Frederick Road in Thurmont.

Food donations such as garden produce, canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna, milk, and eggs are also greatly appreciated. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, donations can be dropped off inside the food bank, and non-perishable food can always be placed in the shopping cart in the entryway.

Mackenzie’s Light Meets at Thurmont Regional Library

Mackenzie’s Light, a bereavement and drug awareness support group, meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library, located on Moser Road in Thurmont. Anyone impacted by family drug abuse or the loss of a loved one is welcome. The next meeting is Monday, August 31, 2015, with the theme “Breaking through the sorrow for a brighter tomorrow.” For more information, call Becky at 301-524-8064 or go to Facebook.

Rocky Ridge Carnival

During the week of Monday, August 10 through Saturday, August 15, you won’t want to miss the Rocky Ridge Carnival, held at Mt. Tabor Park on Motter Station Road in Rocky Ridge. Live entertainment each night, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Guardian Hose Company Thanks Sponsors for Another Successful Event

The Thurmont Guardian Hose Company extends sincere appreciation to all of their sponsors who assist in making their annual carnival a huge success, which allows their department to remain volunteer.

Lewistown Fire Department’s Sportsmans Bingo

Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department’s Sportsman’s Bingo will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m.; buffet meal will start at 6:00 p.m.; and games will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $40.00 per person (includes dinner, ice tea, and beer). Advanced ticket sales only.

Back to School Party at Christ’s Community Church

Come out for Christ’s Community Church’s Back to School Party on Friday, August 14 at the Emmitsburg Community Park, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be free school supplies for kids, plus food, games, and a moon bounce.

Local Business Owners to Support Thurmont/Emmitsburg Area Students in Need of Book Bags

Local business owners would like to support Thurmont/Emmitsburg Area students in need of book bags and school supplies. Please nominate a family/student by August 8, 2015 (need children’s grades). The book bags will be distributed mid-August.

Please do not be shy to ask; they really want to help the students to start the school year off right and reduce stress for parents!

They will do their best to support all of the nominations with a minimum of twenty students. Gospel & Blue Grass Music Festival

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, a Gospel & Blue Grass Music Festival will be held at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but they welcome donations. The festival features local talents and blue grass music by the Carroll County Ramblers and Hanover Express.

Mt. Tabor Park’s Annual Big Picnic

Don’t miss the annual Big Picnic at Mt. Tabor Park, located at 13544 Motters Station Road in Rocky Ridge on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.-9 p.m. Event features a car show, a baby show, live music, great food, hayrides, and more!

The Ott House Pub Entertainment Events

The Ott House Pub in Emmitsburg will feature the following entertainment in August: J-Jam on August 1; Karma Sharkz on August 7 and 8; TBA on August 14, 15 and 21; Drone Pilots on August 22; and Redline on August 28 and 29.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association in Fairfield is hosting many upcoming events, including a Cash Bingo on August 2, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and bingo beginning at 1:00 p.m.; a Horseshoe Tournament on August 8 at 11:30 a.m.; a Mid Atlantic Qualifier Shoot; and a Wagner Shoot on September 11; and much more. Hall, barn, and pavilion rentals available.

James Rada, Jr.

It was touch and go some nights as to whether visitors would get rained on or not during this year’s Guardian Hose Company Carnival; but, by and large, anyone who wanted to enjoy fun rides and great carnival food could find a dry night to do it.

Of course, visitors still needed to tread carefully on the grassy areas, some of which had been turned into mud because of traffic and rain. The worst areas had been covered with mats and straw.

This year’s carnival ran from Monday, July 6 through Saturday, July 11 at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds. The crowds were steady and strong as people ventured out to ride the Ferris wheel, enjoyed a crab cake sandwich, or played bingo. On Thursday evening, they got an extra treat watching the annual Fireman’s Parade make their way through town (see pictures below).

Hannah Kaas, age fourteen, and Chelle Mills, age fifteen, both of Thurmont, came out to hang out with their friends and ride the rides.

“This carnival has a lot more rides and a lot more age-appropriate things,” said Kaas.

Penn Wood Amusements of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, provided the midway games and rides. An added bonus, families didn’t have to plan their week around heading to the carnival on the one night that “pay one price” wristbands were offered. The wristbands were offered every night, offering a great savings for people who enjoy riding the carnival rides.

Mike and Nikki Brown of Sabillasville came to the carnival with their daughter and her friend.

“I’ve been coming since I was a kid,” Mike said.

Hope Brown, age nine, and Skylar Smith, age ten, were anxious to ride all the fun rides while the Browns looked on.

“It’s a good family thing to do,” Nikki said.

“I’m just enjoying it now, because there will come a day when she (Hope) won’t want to walk around with us,” Mike said.

The live entertainment each night included Josh and Good Old Stuff, 5.5 Men, Lost Highway, Hard Swimmin’ Fish, The Cruisers, and Knight Brothers.

The annual carnival of the Guardian Hose Company is their largest fundraiser of the year.


Catoctin Mountain Adventures Magazine

If you own or operate a business in the Catoctin Region, from the Mason Dixon line to the Potomac River, you should advertise in the new Catoctin Mountain Adventures Magazine with Byway Guide (CMA). This is a project of E Plus Promotions, publishers of The Catoctin Banner, and operators at E Plus Copy Center in Emmitsburg.

The CMA will be free for readers to pick up in tourist centers, high-traffic areas, and business locations of those who advertise.

The content is appealing to residents and tourists, with rich history articles, fun lifestyle articles, leisure opportunities, a byway guide by town, an event calendar, and fun games all bundled into each vivid, slick issue.  Online, an interactive format will make it easy to learn more about advertisers and content. The first issue will be released at the end of May. Interested advertisers should call as soon as possible to reserve a space.

All are invited to place an event listing in the calendar, from big concerts to local church dinners. Event listings are $25.00 each. For more information, call  301-524-9275. Visit their website at

His Place Car Show

Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual His Place Car Show, being held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Mother Seton School, located at 100 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Event features three awards each, for five categories; raffle, food, door prizes, and more.

Vigilant Hose Company’s Seafood Bonanza

The Vigilant Hose Company is holding their annual Seafood Bonanza on April 2-3, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at the fire hall. Baked goods available, too.

FRCC 2015 Bass Fishing Series

Fort Ritchie Community Center (FRCC) is holding a 2015 Bass Fishing Series, sponsored by Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, on April 11 and May 24, with the championship on June 20 (event winners qualify for championship; must be 18 years of age or older). The cost per event is $15.00 for youth, and $35.00 for adults.

Cut and Dip Fundraiser

Come to the Cut and Dip Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3, 2015, at Gateway Candyland & Liquors in Thurmont. Cut a minimum of eight inches of your hair and donate to Children With Hair Loss (CWHL). Haircuts will be done from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Dipping ice cream proceeds will be donated to Frederick Dialysis Center. In memory of Sterling Bollinger and Bud Sweeney. Event being held from noon until closing.

Guardian Hose Company Yard Sale

The Guardian Hose Company is sponsoring a yard sale on May 30, 2015, at the Thurmont carnival grounds on 123 East Main Street in Thurmont. Spaces are $5.00 each.

Emmitsburg Masons Tyrian Lodge’s Open House

Masons Tyrian Lodge, located at 303 East Main Street in Emmitsburg, is holding an Open House on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Thurmont Business Expo Rescheduled

The Thurmont Business Expo that was originally scheduled in March had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date is Thursday, April 2, 2015. Admission is free for visitors. Stop by the Catoctin High School Gymnasium from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Call 301-471-7313 with questions.

St. John’s UCC Spaghetti Dinner

Mark you calendar for a Spaghetti Dinner, being held at St. John’s United Church of Christ (UCC) Parish Hall in Sabillasville on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The church is located at 16923 Sabillasville Road in Sabillasville. The cost is $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children, ages 5-12; free for children, ages 5 and under.

Safe Disposal of Medication

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Maryland.

Annual Ladies Day

Join Catoctin Church of Christ for their Annual Ladies Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Janet Dill. Registration and light breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m.

Baltimore Work Camp Bingo

Bingo will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with games starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. Ticket price includes an all inclusive 9 pack and a free spaghetti dinner. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help support high school youth from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Anthony Shrine, and St. Joseph parishes to attend the camp, a weeklong service trip where they repair the homes of those in need.

Cash Bingo at Lewistown Fire Hall

The Thurmont Middle School PTA is holding a Cash Bingo on April 26, 2015, at the Lewistown Fire Hall. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with games beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30 at the door. Come out to support Thurmont Middle School students!

Guardian Hose Company’s Flower Sale & Chicken BBQ

Don’t miss the Guardian Hose Company’s Flower Sale and Chicken BBQ event on May 8, from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and May 9, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Emmitsburg Lions Club Chicken BBQ and Yard Sale

The Emmitsburg Lions Club is holding a Chicken BBQ and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Chicken BBQ sale will begin at 11:00 a.m., and run until they are sold out. The yard sale will start at 6:00 a.m.; yard sale spaces are available.

Fun Festival

Don’t miss the Fun Festival at Victory Tabernacle, located at 6710 Kelly Store Road in Thurmont, on May 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Event features games, crafts, face painting, live music, clowns, and much more!

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association in Fairfield is hosting many events in April, including a breakfast with the Easter bunny, a meat shoot, cash bingo, and much more!

Turkey & Oyster Supper at Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church

Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church (UMC) will hold a Turkey & Oyster Supper on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 12:00-6:00 p.m. A bake and craft table will also be available to purchase baked goods and craft items. The church is located at 10926 Simmons Road in Emmitsburg.

Acacia Masonic Lodge Open House

Acacia Lodge No. 155 A.F.& A.M., located at 12 East Main Street in Thurmont, will host an Open House on Saturday April 11, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to discover the history of Freemasonry and tour the 100-plus year old Lodge building. Stop by and find out more about their Lodge and Freemasonry, and what they do for our community. Thurmont Masonic Lodge is also announcing their annual Mary & Robert Remsberg Memorial Scholarship Award for all graduating high school seniors within the Catoctin High School district.

Thurmont Lions Club Sandwich Sales

Thurmont Lions Club has five upcoming Sandwich Sale events, the first being held on April 25, 2015, featuring pit beef, pit pork, pit turkey, and pit ham sandwiches. All events are held from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or until they are sold out.

Rocky Ridge Fire Company’s Cash Bingo

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company will hold a Cash Bingo, featuring regular games, special games, door prizes, and more.

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On March 7, 2015, members of Guardian Hose Company joined together to celebrate their accomplishments of 2014 during their annual banquet. Invocation was provided by Chaplin Rev. James Hamrick, followed by a home-cooked meal served by GT’s catering. Family and friends mingled until Wayne Stackhouse drew all attention to the podium, where he introduced special guests from other organizations who aided the company throughout the year.

Floral tributes were presented during the memorial service, in memory of Linda Duble, Franklin Keeney, and James Spalding, who all passed in 2014. The entire room bowed their heads while the Chaplin said a pray for the families who lost a loved one.

After the memorial service took place, Chief Chris Kinnaird shared the chief’s report with the audience. Kinnaird started off thanking everyone for their attendance, and for all of their support throughout the year.

“Our company volunteers 364 days of the year; this is our only night off. A huge thanks to Smithsburg and Walkersville Fire Companies for filling in.”

Kinnaird explained that it had been a very busy year. Guardian Hose Company ran 544 more calls than in 2013. Members partook in 528 hours of training, including Fire 1 and 2 classes. It was estimated that Guardian saved an approximate 1.8 million dollars in damage. On the average, eight volunteers respond to a call.

Kinnaird was proud to announce that this year every firefighter will be provided with a “Bail Out Kit,” which includes a 30-foot rope, carabineer, and escape hook. This will enable the firefighter to safely exit from a second-story window. Other expenses incurred included new tools, upgrades, and maintenance to the company’s apparatuses.

“It is better to be over prepared then under,” stated Kinnaird. “That’s a part of our job. We ride around in big tool boxes!” joked Kinnaird.

Guardian runs on three well-prepared engines, but could soon drop down to two apparatuses. The next big expense they foresee will be replacing one of the apparatuses, in roughly two to three years, which will cost approximately $500,000. Another change the fire company foresees will be overnight crews who will stay at the fire house, awaiting any calls that may come in during late hours. This will quicken response time to a call.

Top responders were recognized by Assistant Chief Carroll Brown. This year’s top responders were: Dave Sanders—145 calls; Steve Strickhouser—184 calls; Christopher Kinnaird II-202 calls; Chad Brown—246 calls; and Brian Donovan—278 calls. Top five drivers included Steve Yingling Larry Duble, Mike Duble, Wayne Stackhouse, and Terry Frushour.

Service Awards were presented to Charity Wivell; Cody Wivell; Christopher Kinnaird, II and Chad Brown for five years of service. Ten years of service awards were presented to Matthew Black and James Kilby. Twenty years of service awards were presented to Robert Dailey, Jr.; Blaine Schidlt, Sr.; and Christopher Kinnaird. Thirty five years of service awards were presented to Ray Brown; Donald Doughtery, Jr.; and Larry Duble. Life membership awards were given to Troy Angell and Lori Brown.

Wayne turned the microphone over to Robert Jacobs to swear in the 2015 Administrative and Operational Officers: President—Wayne Stackhouse; President Emeritus—Donald Stitely; Vice President—Terry Frushour; Secretary—Lori Brown; Assistant Secretary—Tisha Miller; Treasurer—Russell Shantz,  Assistant Treasurer—Pam Fraley; Trustees: Brian Donavan, Jody Miller, Steve Yingling, Joe Ohler and Steve Strickhouser. Operational officers include: Chief—Chris Kinnaird; Assistant Chief—Carroll Brown; Captian—Blaine Schildt; Lieutenants—Sean Donovan, Will Gue, and Chaplin Rev. James Hamrick.

Wayne Stackhouse closed the evening with, “May you take a part of your company’s operation, big or small—it takes us all. Our company’s success will be measured by your efforts. All of your efforts are always appreciated.”

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Wayne Stackhouse presents Lori Brown with Life Membership Award.


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Operational Officers

Pictured from left are: (back) Blaine Schildt and Will Gue; (front) Chris Kinnaird and Charlie Brown.

Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association 2014 Events

The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Association is holding a Cash Bingo on December 7. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. Games will begin at 12:45 p.m. Their Breakfast with Santa will be on December 13, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. On December 14, they will hold their Sunday Funday at 2:00 p.m.

Ladies Night & Style Swap

Susan Torborg will host a Ladies Night & Style Swap at Fort Ritchie Community Center, located at 14421 Lake Royer Drive in Cascade, on Friday, December 12, 2014. Get ready for beauty and style makeovers. Bring up to ten fun accessories for a styling swap. A $10.00 admission guarantees a fun afternoon where makeup, jewelry, friendship, and YOU are the focus for a whole evening, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Learn about an entire line of chemical free skin care and cosmetic products.  Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Call 717-642-5977.

Save the Date — 6th Annual EBPA Rock n’ Roll Relics Dance

The 6th Annual Dance fundraiser will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., at the Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company building, located at 17701 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Enjoy rock and roll sounds from the 50s and 60s. Tickets are $15.00 in advance; $20.00 at the door the night of the event. Sponsored by Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association (EBPA)

Dinner With Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Kountry Kitchen

You can have dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Kountry Kitchen on December 10, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. All kids meals are $3.99 with the purchase of an adult meal (Dine in only).

The Christmas Story

The Creagerstown Community Chorus will be presenting The Christmas Story, a Classical Carol Celebration, preceded by invitational harpist, Elisabeth Allen, on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.

Gateway Candyland Open House

Gateway Candyland will be holding an Open House on December 6 and 7, 2014.

Christmas Bazaar and Yard Sale

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is holding a Christmas Bazaar and Large Yard Sale on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Find gifts and goodies and their indoor yard sale, as well as soups and sandwiches.

Come See Santa

Don’t miss seeing Santa Claus at the Guardian Hose Company, located at 21 N. Church Street in Thurmont, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.