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by James Rada, Jr.


May 2015

Emmitsburg 2016 Budget will be Mostly Unchanged

The Emmitsburg town accountant Cole Tabler told the Emmitsburg mayor and commissioners that the fiscal year 2016 budget “is really only slightly different from this year.”

The difference, he said, comes primarily from a reduction in some state funding. The general fund for the current year was $1,702,792, and the projected general fund budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, is $1,627,709. The commissioners are reviewing the budget and can still make changes before they approve it.

Free Pool Time

The commissioners approved allowing free access to the Emmitsburg pool on Heritage Day, June 27. In addition, the commissioners are working on a plan that will give a free one-day pool pass to students at Emmitsburg Elementary and Mother Seton School who sign a pledge to wear a helmet while riding a scooter, bicycle, or skateboard. The town will also be hosting community pool parties on July 10, July 24, and August 7.

Emmitsburg is Solar Powered

As of May 13, 2015, the Emmitsburg Twitter feed announced that the Emmitsburg Town Government is 94 percent reliant on renewable solar energy. The town has also started work on the $2.2 million dollar Phase II of its solar project.

On a related note, with the town’s switch to LED lights in the street lights, there has been a 40 percent decrease in energy costs for the lights.

For more information about the Town of Emmitsburg, log onto or call 301-600-6300.


May 2015

Thurmont Needs Ideas for Christmas Decorations

It may seem early to be thinking about it, but with the new streetlights that have been installed in downtown Thurmont, the town is going to have to purchase new Christmas decorations to fit them. During a recent meeting, Commissioner Wes Hamrick said the town could use ideas for what the new decorations should be.

Working on the Budget

The Thurmont mayor and commissioners have been working on how to best allocate next fiscal year’s revenues to create a town budget. The town is expecting roughly $3.5 million in revenue in the general operating fund. This does not include enterprise fund revenues (water and sewer, electric). Revenue to those funds are treated separately, because they must be used within the funds. The new budget, once approved by the commissioners, will take effect on July 1, 2015.

Business Expo Donates to Thurmont Food Bank

Heather Dewees and Rob Renner gave the final report on the 11th Annual Thurmont Business Expo, held at Catoctin High School on April 2, 2015. Dewees and Renner decided to continue the event after Thurmont Main Street—the usual organizers of the event—had decided not to hold the expo this year and cancelled it.

Renner told the commissioners that forty-two businesses and ten non-profit organizations participated in the event.

“Even holding it on Thursday, we felt we had a pretty good turnout,” said Renner.

After expenses, the Thurmont Business Expo was able to donate $1,145 to the Thurmont Food Bank. Pastor Sally Joyner Giffin accepted the check on behalf of the food bank.

“Thank you to all of the businesses,” she said.

View the Town of Thurmont’s website at or call the town office at 301-271-7313 for more information.

The Thurmont business community put its best foot forward for the 11th Annual Thurmont Business Expo, held on April 2, 2015. However, this was the Expo that almost didn’t happen. Thurmont Main Street, the usual organizers of the event, had decided not to hold the Expo this year and canceled it.

Heather Dewees and Rob Renner decided that the event provided too much value to Thurmont businesses and its residents and to cancel it would be a loss.

“I felt like if we lost it, it wasn’t ever coming back,” Dewees said.

The Expo allows residents to come out and discover many of the 260 businesses that are in the town. Business owners can meet potential customers and show off their goods and services.

Dewees and Renner approached the Thurmont Special Events Committee to provide things like liability insurance and to handle money from vendors. Dewees and Renner lowered the cost of sponsorship and didn’t charge extra to businesses that wanted to sell products.

“It involves a lot of coordination, but it was fun,” said Renner.

However, just when things came together and the Expo was ready to go, a late snowstorm closed schools on March 20, which meant that the Expo had to be postponed.

Nearly four dozen of the town’s businesses participated in the Expo, which was rescheduled for a Thursday evening.

“We lost a few vendors because we rescheduled, but this was the only other night available,” Dewees said.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event at Catoctin High School.

John Nickerson is a familiar face at the Expo, with his original Gnarly Artly t-shirts. “Most of my business is done on the internet, so this gives me the chance to meet a lot of people,” Nickerson said.

Stacie Zelenka, owner of Pondscapes, agreed. “We’re a home-based business, so this gives us the opportunity to have a storefront for an evening and meet customers.”

She said the Expo has proven its worth to her because she always gets referrals from it. She also gets the opportunity to meet customers who say that they didn’t know her business existed, so the Expo exposes her business to new customers.

Heather Lawyer with Gateway Automotive said that Gateway doesn’t really advertise so the Expo allows Gateway Automotive to put itself out in front of the community.

“It’s also nice to have customers stop by and talk to us and say, ‘Thank you,’” said Lawyer.

A nice new feature of this year’s Expo was that each visitor was given a vendor map that also included addresses, phone numbers, and websites for each Expo vendor.

Proceeds from the Thurmont Business Expo are donated to the Thurmont Food Bank.

Candy and Heather Lawyer

Candy and Heather Lawyer of Gateway Automotive behind their booth at the Thurmont Business Expo.


Niki Eyler, owner of The Eyler Stables Flea Market in Thurmont, at the Thurmont Business Expo.


Folks from the Thurmont Veterinary Clinic are shown at their booth.


Thurmont’s Mayor, John Kinnaird poses next to a drawing of himself done by John Nickerson of Gnarly Artly.



Doris Roman and Antonio C. from the Thurmont Senior Center are shown behind their booth at the Thurmont Business Expo.

Photos by Grace Eyler

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.