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Congrats To My Son

I want to recognize and congratulate my son, Chad Thompson, for winning the scratch singles bowling in Pennsylvania, with a scratch set of 793 for three games.

There were approximately 3,200 bowlers to compete from the whole state of Pennsylvania.

Chad has been bowling for 20 years and has approximately eleven 300 and ten 800 sets. When he was a youth bowler until the age of 20, he bowled in PJBT, which is Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tour. He has bowled in three junior gold tournaments in Indiana and Las Vegas, with the best 2,000 youth bowlers in the country competing. He has been on people-to-people bowling in Australia, New Zealand, and Austria as a youth bowler.

Now, he is a active member of the PBA and bowled in a few regionals tournaments. The cost and lack of sponsorship has kept him from bowling in them anymore. He bowled in college at Shippensburg University and Robert Morris University in Peoria, Illinois. This is a big achievement in his bowling career. He averages a 230 in league bowling. He did win two PBA sports shot leagues at Turner’s Dual Lanes in Hagerstown a few years ago.

Chad bowls at Sunshine Lanes. Sunshine Lanes owners, Shawn and Robin Reed, are his bowling ball drillers, and John Carter of CBI Pro Shop, provides his bowling ball repairs and service.

~ Richard Thompson

Thank You For Being So Kind

My name is Linda Meadows, and I am new to Emmitsburg. My daughter Sarah and I entered the Six of Hearts raffle at the Vigilant Hose Company station on July 2. My soon-to-be-three-year-old grandson, Max, was with us. A couple of the firemen asked if Max would like to sit in the trucks! They also gave him a volunteer fire Jr. hat and let him ring the bell!

They were so kind. Max was all smiles. I wanted to thank the Vigilant Hose Fire Company for being so kind.

~ Linda Meadows

Thank You For Your Support

The 7th Annual Catoctin High School Baseball Alumni Vinny Healy Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Carroll Valley Golf Course on Saturday, October 17, 2020, and was a sold-out event! Thanks to our 144 golfers, many sponsors, volunteers, and the Carroll Valley staff for helping with our safe, fun, and successful event!

We would like to thank our tournament sponsors: The Gereny Family, Lamberts Cable, LG Assurance, Miss Utility, Norris Auto Group, One Call Concepts Inc, Subsurface Technologies and Utiliquest. We would also like to thank the following sponsors and volunteers: ABC Brewing Company Gettysburg; Baltimore Ravens; Colt Builders; Dave and Janes Crab House; Farm House Exchange; Garfield UMC; John Valentee George Mason Mortgage LLC NMLS191708; Jubilee; Liberty Mountain Resort; Links of Gettysburg Golf Course; Maple Run Golf Course; Mountainview Golf Course; Ott House; Pryors Orchard; Quail Valley Golf Course; Steves Plumbing; Walkersville Railroad; Westminster National Golf Couse; the Seidel family/1st Lieutenant Rob Seidel Memorial; the Burd, Hare, Harley, Medairy, Schildwachter, Szabados, and Taffe Families.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Vinny Healy Memorial Christian Outreach Fund to be used to help many organizations and families in our community and beyond!

Save the date for next year’s event on October 16, 2021—same time, same place!

Take the pledge for Vinny: Do Not Drink & Drive!

Thanks to all for your support. May God bless you and your families.

~ Our Sincere Gratitude, from Vince, Dixie, all Vinny’s family and

        friends, and the Catoctin High School Baseball Alumni

Cuddles Cat Rescue Needs Your Help

Our rescue is facing difficult challenges. We’ve been at our location for six years due to the generosity of the owner in allowing us to utilize our space rent-free while paying only utilities.

Earlier this year, we had exciting plans to expand into a space within the building, where we could offer an adoption center open to the public. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic devastated our fundraising efforts, making our plans to expand no longer possible. The building we occupy has now been listed for sale.

We’re unsure of our future and how soon we will be required to move. We desperately need a new location for our rescue so that we can continue our life-saving work for cats. So many residents in our community are aware of the wonderful services we offer for stray and feral cats/kittens that may have never had a chance for survival without our dedicated volunteers.

If anyone knows of or has a space in Thurmont (even a room in a building) that is available for little or no rent where we could relocate our rescue, please let us know. We’d greatly appreciate it if you could help us save Cuddles Cat Rescue of Thurmont by asking around and sharing this news with everyone you know.

Contact us by email at

~ Thank You, from all of us at Cuddles Cat Rescue

Thank You

The sponsoring organizations, consisting of the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA, and Catoctin FFA Alumni, would like to thank those individuals who helped with the 61st Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show. We sincerely thank the community businesses and individuals for advertising and sponsoring our show booklet, as we had excellent attendance and great community support during the entire event.

During the opening ceremonies, approximately thirty-five community organizations participated in the opening flag ceremony on Friday evening, led in a bagpipe processional by Bill and Andrew Douwes. Addison Eyler, Rocky Ridge 4H Club and Thurmont Grange member, sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” during the program. Along with many county and local officials, we were honored to have Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools Dr. Theresa Alban give remarks. Stacey Brown Hobbs, president of St. John’s Christian Preschool of Thurmont, announced the 2017-2018 Catoctin FFA Ambassador, Stephanie Moreland. We honored the 50th anniversaries of WTHU Radio Station of Thurmont and the St. John’s Christian Preschool of Thurmont.  Special thanks extended to the many exhibitors who entered items at the show, and to the over 150 new exhibitors this year, which is a reflection of how our show has grown over the years.

We had approximately 280 baked products entered and sold at our baked products sale. The grand champion cake (a chiffon cake), made by Dawn Hobbs of Rocky Ridge, was purchased by Mountaingate Restaurant for $1,050. Monies received from the silver offering, and the Junior and Youth Department Champion Cakes, totaling $1,100, was donated equally to the Thurmont Food Bank and the Emmitsburg Food Bank.

Bob Valentine, livestock chairman of the Community Show, was pleased with the results of John Nichols of Pennsylvania, who judged the Beef, Sheep, Swine & Goat Show. The livestock sale on Saturday evening was well attended and the sale averages were: beef ($2.32 lb.); sheep ($3.50 lb.); swine ($2.54 lb.); and goats ($262.00/head).

The dairy and goat show was also held on Sunday and was judged by Katie Albaugh of Walkersville. Our show is viewed as a learning experience for many 4-H and FFA youth, who later exhibit at the Frederick Fair, Maryland State Fair, and other shows and sales.

Many individuals helped with the pony rides, petting zoo, alpaca display (by Lynn Cherish of Baggy Britches Farm), litter of pigs (by Chip and Logan Long), horseshoe pitching, log sawing, and martial arts programs; the Thurmont Grange Turkey & Ham Dinner; the Catoctin FFA Alumni Bar-B-Que; and the Beef, Sheep and Swine Show and sale.

We would also like to thank all of the department superintendents and the many volunteers who helped to take entries, hauled tables, and helped in any way to make our show excellent, and also to the many commercial exhibitors, including the Thurmont History display by John Kinnaird and the Thurmont Library for sponsoring its annual book sale, as well as to the many other commercial and animal displays that make our event community oriented.

We would also like to thank the Taylor Brown – Elvis Tribute Artist and “Catoctin the Band” for their performances to a large crowds on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Many families who attended the show were able to enjoy participation in the pony rides, the kiddie pedal pull, the cross cut sawing, the pet show, the decorated animal contest, and the horseshoe pitching contest.

Special thanks to Bollinger’s Restaurant for sponsoring a free meal ticket to all department champions and our food stand vendors; the Catoctin High School Junior Class and Thurmont Lions Club were busy all weekend with sales. We would also like to thank all of the individuals, businesses, and families for sponsoring show awards, for purchasing baked goods at our cake sale, and for supporting our livestock show and sale.

In addition, we would also like to thank CHS Principal Bernie Quesada and the entire faculty, cafeteria, and custodial staff for their professionalism, cooperation, and understanding during the show.

The Community Show is an agricultural educational event and is a total community effort.  Many community citizens volunteer many hours to make the show one that our area can be very proud of, and visitors comment on the large amount and quality of entries. These efforts are appreciated by the show sponsors: Thurmont Grange; Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, The Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board.

The 2018 Community Show dates are September 7-9, 2018, at Catoctin High School in Thurmont.

President C. Rodman Myers, Vice President Robert N. Valentine, Secretary Jennifer Martin, Catoctin FFA

    Chapter Advisor Amy Poffenberger