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One of the greatest supporters of the annual baked goods auctions at area community shows, Mearl McCleaf of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, passed away in October 2021. For many years, Mearl McCleaf purchased Champion and Reserve Champion cakes and baked goods at Community Shows in Frederick County. 

At this year’s Frederick County Community Show’s Baked Goods Auctions in September and October, every Youth Department’s Champion Cake will benefit its community show’s area youth with the proceeds equally allocated to these three funds: FFA Chapter’s National FFA Convention Trip, and their Grange & FFA Alumni & Supporters Scholarships.

Rodman Myers, president of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, recently presented a plaque in honor and memory of Mearl McCleaf to his wife, Dolores, and sons (left to right) Craig, Dean, and Keith, of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont.

Photo by Deb Abraham Spalding

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Seton Center in Emmitsburg hosted its annual appreciation event at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont. With sixty volunteers and staff in attendance, they celebrated how their volunteers’ “super powers” help to change lives every day.

From April of 2017 through March of 2018, Seton Center volunteers donated over 5,719 hours of service, valued at $97,329.68. While Seton Center approximates the monetary value of their hours, what these volunteers give is priceless. The diversity of their skills and the generosity of their spirits inspire and embolden those blessed to serve beside them.

Seton Center also welcomed its new volunteer partner, Veronica Poole, project director of RSVP (the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program), hosted by the Asian American Center in Frederick. Together, they look forward to a long and fruitful partnership in helping volunteers find service opportunities that are fulfilling and life-changing. If you’re fifty-five or older and are interested in becoming an RSVP member, either through service at Seton Center or another site, contact Veronica at 301-600-7900 or about the perks and opportunities.

Dennis, Marta, Debbie, Tracy, Angela, and Iva (pictured left) and Sisters Barbara, Nancy, and Dorothy, and Robert Riley, all enjoy the food and the company at the Seton Center’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event in April.

Theresa Dardanell

Food, families, friendship, fun…and all for free! That’s what brought more than two hundred people together on December 4, 2017, at Catoctin High School. Everyone in the community was invited to enjoy a free meal, donated by Mountain Gate Family Restaurant. They were treated to fried chicken, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw, and dinner rolls. The cake for dessert was donated by the Thurmont Trinity United Church of Christ.  Members of the indoor track team said that they especially liked the fried chicken, and, of course, the cake.

Families, school staff, students, and friends enjoyed spending time together.  There were tables set up for children. The “smaller kiddos” table had holiday coloring pictures, games, and craft supplies. The “bigger kiddos” table had puzzles and games. Four-year-old Kash Brashear had fun playing the Paw Patrol Race to the Rescue game.

Everyone had a chance to win one of the holiday door prizes. Walkersville E&E Trees donated a pre-cut Christmas tree, and Mountains Edge Tree Farm in Smithsburg donated four certificates for a cut-your-own tree. Other prizes were $20.00 gift cards from Weis, poinsettias from “Flowers by Anne” in Hagerstown, and other holiday gifts from staff member Dev Wivell. There was also a table with “take what you want” free items, including school supplies and other donated items.

Guidance Counselor Shannon Stone and former counselor Sue Weaver coordinated the event this year. They were joined by staff members Robert Nutter, Amy Bellarmino, Mindy Day, Lacee Andrew, and Deb Wivell. Mike Livergood and Robert Phelan gave a preview of the upcoming financial literacy class.

It was a wonderful event that demonstrated the generosity and friendship in the community.