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On January 17, 2023, Doug Favorite received a prestigious award. A representative from ESGR, Department of Defense, presented the award to Doug Favorite for supporting his staff while serving in the military. 

It was noted that less than five percent of all employers nominated for this award actually receive the award.

This year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded 100 high school seniors with their prestigious college scholarship. These scholarship recipients will receive up to $55,000 toward the cost of their undergraduate education at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Along with the financial support, the recipients are provided with ongoing academic and career advising and networking opportunities. Applicants this year were from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program aims to assist high-achieving students with financial need to obtain a college degree.

Only one student from Frederick County and only six in all of Maryland were awarded this scholarship. The scholarship winner of this prestigious award from Frederick County is Nicholas “Nick” Miller (pictured above).

Nick is a resident of Thurmont. He graduated from Catoctin High with his classmates on May 25. In the fall, Nick will be attending Hamilton College, located in upstate New York, to study microbiology. Nick has been an exceptional student during high school and is planning to be a scientific researcher, hoping to make an impact on the field of medical research in the future. A full list of all the scholarship winners can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website at

On October 27, 2021, during the Thurmont Lions Club 92nd Charter Night Anniversary celebration, the Extension Award was presented by District Governor Charlie Croft to Lions Bob and Cartha Johnson for their dedicated support in the organization of a new Lions Club that remained active and in good standing for at least one year: the Frederick Fusion Club. 

With heartfelt sorrow, Lion Cartha Johnson passed on August 23, 2021.  Lion Bob Johnson accepted the award on behalf of Lion Cartha and himself, along with the support of his daughter, Lion Liz Long, and members of the Frederick Fusion Club. Congratulations!

Also during the celebration, DG Charlie Croft inducted four new members into the Thurmont Lions Club: William (Bill) Heaney, Ruth Heaney, Eric Dutrow, and Angie Simmons. 

Lions Bill and Ruth have lived in Thurmont for one year. They want to give back to the community as a thank you for what the community has given them. Lion Eric Dutrow has lived in Thurmont for 23 years. He has two grown children, and a son that is a very active Scout. Lion Angie Simmons lived in Thurmont for ten years, but presently lives in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. She is manager at the Thurmont Woodsboro Bank. By joining the club, she would like to get to know the community. 

The Thurmont Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at St. John Lutheran Church, located on Church Street in Thurmont.

For more information, visit or contact Lion Joyce Anthony at or 240-288-8748.

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the Town of Thurmont was one of 17 Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference in October in Cambridge, Maryland.

“The Town of Thurmont is extremely proud to once again obtain this touted recognition and certification,” said Mayor John Kinnaird. “Our staff and our Green Team have worked tirelessly to educate our citizens about sustainability, and the results are very indicative of how important these efforts are to our community. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication.”

For detailed information about Thurmont’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Chief Administrative Officer Jim Humerick at 301-271-7313 or

(from left) Mayor John Kinnaird and Chief Administrative Officer Jim Humerick are shown with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference.