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On June 6, 2019, Thurmont Grange #409 hosted it’s second annual Veterans Appreciation Program. 

The evening began with a welcome by Thurmont Grange Lecturer Niki Eyler. Grange members, Jim Moser and Addison Eyler, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Boy Scout Troop 270 presented the flag folding ceremony, while Granger Sandy Moser gave the meaning of each fold of the flag. Following was a special honor of veteran and Granger John Hart, who passed earlier this year. Members of Boy Scout Troop 270 presented his wife, Cindy Hart, and daughter, Carrie Shives, with the folded flag in memory of John and his service to our country. For all guests, it was very touching to watch the flag folding ceremony, learn its meaning, and be part of its presentation in honor of one of our local veterans.

One of Thurmont Grange’s 2018 community service projects was making a Quilt of Valor. This beautiful quilt was created by not only several Grange members, but also the Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H Sewing Club and Thurmont resident, Bev Eckenrode. The quilt was presented to Wacahu Grange member, Alton Hoopengardner, at the 2018 MD State Grange Conference. To make that presentation even more special, a second quilt was donated and presented to Linganore Grange member, Maurice Wiles. A PowerPoint presentation, narrated by Niki Eyler, was shared with Veterans Appreciation Program guests, which summarized the quilt from yards of material to the presentation of both quilts. To highlight this, the quilts were on display for everyone to admire.  

The evenings honorees were recommended by Thurmont Grangers and friends of Thurmont Grange. Those recognized were James Kilby (Navy 84-05), Valaria Kilby (Navy 88-92), Wayne Wireman (Army 70-72), Bryan Umberger (Marines 91-97 & Army 97-11), Raymond Long (Army 54-56), Maurice Wiles (Army 56-62), Larry Clabaugh (Navy 69-77), Alton Hoopengardner (Army 62-65), Ed Gravatt (Air Force 61-69) and Douglas Zimmerman (Air Force 78-95). It was definitely a privilege to say “Thank you for your service!” to these selfless men and women who chose to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

As June 6 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird said a few words, and respectfully asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of those who bravely fought that day and those who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy in the name of freedom. 

The evening’s program was ended with a prayer, read by Sandy Moser and the singing of “God Bless America.” Many guests and honorees remained to enjoy refreshments, fellowship, conversation about the importance of June 6, and reminisce about their years of service. 

If you are interested in learning more about Thurmont Grange, please call Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104 or Niki Eyler at 301-471-5158.

Honored veterans (from left): (back row) Doug Zimmerman, Larry Clabaugh, Maurice Wiles, Bryan Umberger; (front row) Niki Eyler (Granger), Linda Bernstein (accepting on behalf of Alton Hoopengardner), Ed Gravatt, Raymond Long, Valaria Kilby, Wayne Wireman, James Kilby, and Carol Long (Granger).

Scout Troop 270 flag folding ceremony participants (from left): Annalisa Russell, Adre Russell, Seth Young, and Tanner Seiss.

Addison, Jody and Niki Eyler admiring Maurice Wiles’ Quilt of Valor.

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show committee met recently to begin planning the 63rd Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.  The show will be held at Catoctin High School, located at 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont, on September 6-8, 2019. Officers elected at the meeting were: President—Rodman Myers; Vice President—Robert Valentine; Secretary—Jennifer Martin. Other committee members are Sue Keilholtz, Robert Wiles, David Harman, Niki Eyler, Cheryl Lenhart, Ray Martin, Carol Long, Chip Long, Sharon Graf, Denise Valentine, Amanda and Paul Dennis, Clifford Stewart, Helen Troxell, Cathy Little, Karen Myers, Nancy Wine, Patty Johnston, Jim Barth, Kay Barth, Thad Bittner, Amy Jo Poffenberger, Daniel Myers, Sierra Weatherly, Josie Kaas, Cheyenne Van Echo, Alexis Morgan, and Robert Hahn.

On Friday night, the 2019-2020 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. In addition, this year’s program will honor the 100th anniversary of the American Legion of Thurmont and Emmitsburg and the 50th anniversary of the Seton Center in Emmitsburg. The Linda Elower Studio of Dance will also be honored for its 50th anniversary during its program on Saturday afternoon. The baked goods auction will begin immediately following the program, and the grand champion cake, pie, and bread will be sold at 9:00 p.m. 

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 5, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 6, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 6, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. 

On Saturday, September 7, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing Contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Ag Center at the school. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m., outside the front of the school. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thurmont Grange will serve its turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria on Saturday night, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Entertainment for Saturday and Sunday will be announced at a later date. There will be no admission charged for the entertainment.

The 45th Annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. 

Activities begin on Sunday, September 8, at 9:00 a.m., with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show. At 12:00 p.m., the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. The decorated animal contest will begin at 12:00 noon. The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 12:30 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area, with categories consisting of women’s team, men’s team, men and women’s team, and a children’s division.

A peddle tractor contest for kids will be held on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in the Ag Center area, and the 40th Annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 8, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Please note the new deadline to pick up items.

Soon, the community show booklets may be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg and surrounding area businesses in late July or early August. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland.  

There will be changes to some departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department. There is no entry fee. Please visit the website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunity show.webs.com. 

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

The Thurmont Grange #409 hosted it’s annual “Antique Roadshow” fundraiser on Monday, March 25, 2019.  Many Grangers and community members brought their antiques, family heirlooms, and keepsakes to be evaluated by local experts, David Hunt, Denny Black, and Larry Hauver. Everything from clocks to baseballs and toy trains to silver tea sets were held up for everyone to see. This event is always enjoyable and interesting, as attendees hear the history behind cherished items, as well as their potential value. 

The funds raised from the Antique Roadshow are always donated to a local individual or family in need of community support. This year, the Grange was proud to make a $500 donation to Kinna Strong, through the Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc.  Kinna Strong is a fund which lends support to the Kinna family, a Thurmont family who has always been very active in the community, despite their own medical challenges. Melissa and her son, Nolan, are both battling life-threatening illnesses. It was such an honor to have the entire Kinna family join the Grange for the event. One can definitely gain a sense of strength from this family and their positive outlook. Kinna Strong is really the best way to describe them!

If you are interested in learning more about the Grange or about becoming a member, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-606-9221 or Niki Eyler at 301-471-5158. 

Pictured from left are Grange President Bob Wiles, Grange Lecturer Niki Eyler, Melissa Kinna, Wyatt Kinna, Nolan Kinna, and Nick Kinna  (back row).

McKenzi Forrest, Rocky Ridge 4-H Reporter

Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H Club is always extremely active, and March and April were no exception.

We had our annual Sandwich Sale fundraiser, where we made over 2,000 sandwiches. Even with so many sandwiches to make, our club showed awesome teamwork and really had a good time making them. Thank you to all of our continued supporters for making our fundraiser so successful.

Our Community Service projects consisted of making St. Patrick’s Day notes for all of the residents at St. Catherine’s in Emmitsburg, as well as collecting supplies for the Thurmont Grange. We had several club members challenge their knowledge by participating in a Skill-A-Thon; they did a great job and look forward to more opportunities to broaden their knowledge.  

Kudos to the Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H for serving our community so well—keep up all the hard work! Also, good luck to everyone participating in the Will’s Fair at Howard County Fairgrounds in May.

The Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H Club collects supplies for the Thurmont Grange.

John Dowling Receives Awards for his Volunteer Work

James Rada, Jr.

2018 was quite a year for John Dowling, age seventy-five, of Thurmont. The Thurmont Lions Club, Thurmont Grange, and Mother Seton School all recognized his abundant volunteer work in the area.

“I guess I’m involved just about everywhere,” Dowling said. “It’s in my blood.”

Last fall, Dowling’s work was recognized three times.

Mother Seton School recognized him for his thirty-six years of work at the Mother Seton School annual carnival. Dowling and his wife, Kathryn, got involved with the carnival when their children attended the school. Besides helping to start the carnival at the school, the Dowlings also launched the successful bingo and auction fundraisers for the school. The work started as a way to reduce the tuition at Mother Seton School for their children, but it turned into a labor of love, even after their kids graduated and moved onto Catoctin High School.

The Thurmont Lions Club recognized Dowling as the Thurmont Volunteer of the Year. He was nominated for his work at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the Thurmont Senior Center. He was awarded a certificate of recognition and gift certificate for dinner at the Shamrock Restaurant at a town meeting. He was also able to designate where a $400 donation from the Thurmont Lions Club would be donated in his name. Dowling chose to split the money between the Thurmont Senior Center and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

The Thurmont Grange also recognized Dowling with its Outstanding Community Citizen Award.

These aren’t the first awards that he has received for his community work. In the past few years, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and State of Maryland have recognized Dowling for his volunteerism.

Dowling said that he was “dumbfounded” with all of the awards last year. He considers helping his community almost an obligation.

Dowling may be retired from his appliance repair business, but he still puts in ten to twelve hours a week of volunteer work. He also continues to run a small woodworking business from his home.

“We’re here on this earth to benefit our fellow citizens,” he said.

Dowling grew up in a family of twelve children in Montgomery County, and his parents set the example for volunteerism. He remembers his mother organizing an annual dinner to benefit Montgomery General Hospital and helping his father plant grass when a new high school was built.

When he moved to the area in 1968 as a young man with a wife, he brought with him the values his parents had instilled in him. He began helping out whenever he could.

“I would help out with anything dealing with the community, because the community is an important part of the lives of everyone who lives in it,” expressed Dowling.

Of all the various places where he provides service, he considers his work with the Thurmont Senior Center the most important. He serves on the center’s board and knows how great the center’s need for help is. He picks up day-old bread from Weis that is used at the center, gives rides to and from the center to seniors in need, delivers hot meals from the Mountain Gate Restaurant to home-bound seniors, and helps with the general maintenance of equipment around the center.

The values of service to the community that Dowling’s parents taught him are something that he and Kathryn have also been able to instill in their own children.

“All of my kids do a lot of volunteer work, and they’re all successful,” Dowling said.

James Rada, Jr.

For 62 years, the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show has been highlighting the role of agriculture in northern Frederick County and spotlighting the talents of area residents. This year’s show was held at Catoctin High School on September 7-9. More than $13,000 in prizes were awarded to the hundreds of exhibitors.

On one end of the school, area residents spread out artwork, agricultural items and baked foods in the large gym. On the opposite end of the school, other students groomed animals preparing to show them. In between these two points, businesses and local civic organizations displayed their services and purposes.

The show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin High’s FFA Chapter, Catoctin Area FFA Alumni, the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board, and the Maryland State Grange. It comes together each year through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

The line for the Thurmont Regional Library’s annual used book sale began forming even before the community show’s 6:00 p.m. start time Friday evening.

The show opened with its traditional flag ceremony highlighting all of northern Frederick County’s civic and public service organizations. The evening honored the 50th anniversary of the opening of Catoctin High School.

Catoctin High’s current Principal Bernie Quesada and all of Catoctin’s former principals — with some of them in attendance — were recognized for their contribution to the Catoctin community. “They’ve all had distinguished careers and made a difference in thousands of lives of young people,” Quesada said.

Catoctin High was born in turmoil but has since become a binding force for northern Frederick County. It is due, in part, to the efforts of these men and women who led the school and fostered its growth with the community.

Dr. Harper Long, Catoctin’s first principal who currently resides in Iowa, wrote an e-mail to Principal Bernie Quesada, saying, “One of Mr. Goodrich’s and my highest priorities that first year was to bring together the communities of Emmitsburg and Thurmont. The Board of Education’s site selection for the new school did not sit well with either community. Both towns wanted the new school to be nearer their town. Since we could do nothing to alter the physical position of the school building, we tried to bring the two communities together. We all worked to develop respect for each others’ needs.” It is a mission that all of these principals have worked at accomplishing.

The professionals who served as Catoctin High School’s principals since its opening include Bernard Quesada (2010 – current), Jack Newkirk (2005 – 2010), Ann Bonitatibus (2001 – 2005), Marlene “Marty” Tarr (1996 – 2001), Earl Miller (1984 – 1996), Bruce Brown (1983 – 1984), James Fisher (1977 – 1983), Harper Long (1969 – 1977), and Howard Goodrich (1969).

During the opening ceremony, Catoctin High student Robert Hahn was chosen as the school’s FFA ambassador for the coming year.

National Grange Master Betsy Huber congratulated the community on putting together the show each year. She said, “Grangers everywhere are involved in fairs and shows like this one because we’re all doers.”

Frederick County Superintendent of Schools Theresa Alban said, “I sit here every year and find different inspiration.”

After the opening ceremony on Friday evening, the Community Show’s events continued through the weekend and featured a baked goods auction, a livestock auction, a petting zoo, music, pony rides, a pet show, a horseshoe pitching contest, log sawing contest and much more.

The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show is the largest in the State of Maryland. It is exemplary. The strength of the show and the strength of agriculture in northern Frederick County stands on the shoulders of the volunteers who proudly teach and carry that heritage forward from generation to generation.

 
 
  
  
  
 
 
Photos by Deb Abraham Spalding, Gracie Eyler, Blair Garrett, and Taylor Clarke

Front row left to right: Jan Gardner, Frederick County Executive; Betsy Huber, National Grange President; Jennifer Martin, Secretary of the Community Show Committee; Mary Fisher, widow of Dr. James Fisher former CHS Principal; Marty Tarr, former CHS Principal; Cathy Little, Asst. Treasurer of the Community Show Committee; Robert Hahn, Catoctin FFA Ambassador.

Back row left to right: Dave Harman, Community Show Committee member; Bob Valentine, Vice-President of the Community Show Committee; Daniel Myers, Community Show Committee member; Rodman Myers, President of the Community Show Committee; Earl Miller, former CHS Principal; Jack Newkirk, former CHS Principal; Bruce Brown, former CHS Principal; Bernie Quesada, current CHS Principal; Terry Alban, Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools; Amy Jo Poffenberger, CHS Agriculture Education Teacher.

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

comm-news-hendricksonPictured from left are Daivd Miller, Bob Valentine, Brian Hendrickson, Rodman Myers, and Amy Jo Poffenberger.

On November 28, 2016, Thurmont Grange #409 hosted its annual Community Citizen Award dinner, which recognizes a member of our community who strives to make a difference. This year, Brian Hendrickson, a teacher in the agricultural department at Catoctin High School and one of the Catoctin High School FFA Chapter advisors, was honored.

Mr. Hendrickson has been a teacher and FFA advisor at Catoctin High School for the past eight years, but his lengthy resume began before he came to Catoctin. He grew up with a father who was also an Ag teacher. Hendrickson attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls; after graduation, he became an Ag teacher and FFA advisor in Wisconsin for twenty-eight years. He has assisted many students in receiving their state FFA degrees and the American degree. He has excelled in advising students to become national FFA finalists and winners. Hendrickson has also offered professional development workshops, traveled nationally to conduct state workshops, filled in for national FFA staff, and served as a judge on the national level. He has even worked to gain approval for Ag education courses at the university level in Wisconsin.

Since Hendrickson has come to Catoctin High School, his past experience and his dedication to the students have helped many achieve goals and recognition, not only on a state level, but nationally as well.  Under Hendrickson’s guidance, many Catoctin students were able to receive grants and scholarships from the National FFA. Many Catoctin graduates have gone on to hold state FFA offices. He has also worked closely with the FFA alumni, hosted the MD Foundation Showcase at Catoctin, conducted a MD Alumni Computer Training Workshop, held a workshop for MD teachers, and assisted with Ag Mechanics events. In addition, Hendrickson has played a vital role in the planning and running of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show each year since his arrival at Catoctin.  Thanks to him, students at all Catoctin area feeder schools have the opportunity to enter and show their animals and Ag-related projects at this event.

Unfortunately, Hendrickson will be leaving Catoctin High School.  It became obvious how this change is affecting members of our community, as guests stood to say a few words about the evening’s honoree.  Several were brought to tears as they shared their thoughts and appreciation for all that Brian Hendrickson has done for them or their children or grandchildren.  Jim Barth thanked Hendrickson from the bottom of his heart. His wife, Kay Barth, added, “You pushed our daughter to do things she never thought she could.”  Bob Valentine said, “You brought the biggest ray of sunshine to Catoctin’s FFA program ever.” These heartfelt comments were repeated over and over, as each expressed their gratitude to Hendrickson.

Closing remarks were given by David Miller of the MD Ag Education Foundation, expressing the impact Hendrickson has had on Ag teachers and students—locally, statewide, and nationally.  He shared how impressed he was with Hendrickson’s ability to encourage his students to apply for state and national FFA awards and to strive to become winners.  He also said that Hendrickson “always has the students’ best interest in mind; he is an advocate for students and a students’ teacher.”

Thurmont Grange #409 was honored to recognize Brian Hendrickson for all his contributions and dedication to the students of Catoctin High School and its surrounding community.

Thurmont Grange #409 was well represented at the 142nd Maryland State Grange Session, which was held October 20-22, 2016, at The FSK American Legion in Frederick. Several state executive positions were held by Thurmont members this year: Roger Troxell, State Chaplain and Community Service Chairman; Cheryl Lenhart, Historian; and Jim Moser, Transportation & Roads Chairman. Rodman Myers, Roger Troxell, and Jim Moser also served on the Agriculture Legislative Committee. During the State Conference, many items were discussed and proposed for potential legislative change.

On Thursday evening, Thurmont members Jody and Addison Eyler were obligated in the 4th and 5th degrees and also took the 6th degree. Niki and Addison Eyler participated in the ceremonial Rose Drill. The evening ended with an ice cream social hosted by Thurmont Grange and the Family Activities Committee.

The Agricultural Awards Banquet, held on Friday evening, was opened with “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Addison Eyler, and the invocation was given by Roger Troxell. Everyone enjoyed a tasty meal, followed by speakers, Allen Stiles, Maryland State Master, and Amanda Brosana, National Lecturer. The evening’s awards for Thurmont Grange included first place in Membership Gain with six new members; first place in Community Service Report, submitted by Niki Eyler; Agriculture Scholarship received by Hannah Barth; and several photography, painting, and baking awards received by Cheryl Lenhart and Andrea Mannix.

All members of the Thurmont Grange are due recognition for their dedication to volunteering where needed and serving our community. If you are interested in joining the Thurmont Grange, contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104.
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Pictured from left are Thurmont Master Rodman Myers, Thurmont Lecturer Niki Eyler, and State Community Service Chairperson Roger Troxell.

Submitted by Natalie Bentz and Payton Troxell, Rocky Ridge 4-H Reports

On November 6, 2016, the Rocky Ridge Progressive 4-H Club held their Annual 4-H Banquet and Achievement Night. Special quests, community members, and 4-H families were in attendance.  The night started off with appetizers, prepared by the Rocky Ridge 4-H Club’s cooking group. Payton Troxell delivered the Invocation, followed by a potluck meal prepared by the member’s families. Austin Ridenour, the Club’s 2016 vice president, gave the banquet welcome. Club Leader Brenda Seiss talked about how proud she was of every member and all the positive things they have done throughout the year. She thanked the families for their time and support.

Jason Baust led the American Pledge, and Kelsey Troxell lead the 4-H Pledge. All had the pleasure of listening to Addison Eyler sing “Baltimore and Me.” Next, Nikita Miller introduced all the guests invited to the banquet and asked them to stand for recognition. Caroline Clark, FC Sheep Ambassador; Payton Troxell, FC Beef Ambassador; and Samantha Bentz, Royalty Ambassador, were in attendance.

During the evening, several awards were presented to members in the Club. Club Record Book awards were given to Mckenzie Forrest (first-year member), Caroline Clark (junior member), Kallan Latham (intermediate member), and Nikita Miller (senior member). Club Demonstration Awards were given to Katie Glass (first-year member), Caroline Clark (junior member), Jake Kenney (intermediate member), and Brietta Latham (senior member). Members were also recognized for their achievements throughout the year. The Senior Award was received by Margo Sweeney; Intermediate Award to Payton Troxell; Junior Award to Madison Ohler; and Braydon Wetzel for first-year member.

Special gifts were given to those Club members who participate in the specialty groups throughout the year. These groups were the Craft Group, led by Mrs. Dutton; the Cooking Group, led by Mrs. McAfee and Mrs. Bentz; and the Sewing Group, led by Mrs. Latham. These leaders give much of their time, providing learning experiences to our members. Ms. Brenda recognized the Club’s first-year members with medals: Braydon Wetzel, Katie Glass, McKenzie Forrest, and Kelsey Troxell. She also recognized our two outgoing senior members: Margo Sweeney and Wesley Brown. Scholarship awards were presented by Jim and Judy Miller to Olivia Dutton and Megan Millison. The Family of the Year Award was given to Jim and Judy Miller, along with their children, Konnor and Nikita.

The Rocky Ridge Club presented three community organizations with monetary gifts for their help with the Club in 2016: Thurmont Guardian Hose Company, Thurmont Grange, and Thurmont Ambulance Company.  The Thurmont Grange presented their “Unsung Hero Award” to an individual who works hard and is always there for others: Kolton Wetzel.

The 2016 Officers were recognized, and then welcomed the new 2017 Officers. Ms. Brenda and the new officers made a chain to show their trust in one another and the Club. Every 4-H member received a “boot bag,” with a personalized tag as their gift from the Club. The banquet ended with closing remarks from 2017 Secretary Breitta Latham.

The 60th annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 9, 10, and 11, 2016.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 8, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., as well as on Friday, September 9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, and is closed to the public. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. A silver offering will be collected to benefit the Thurmont Food Bank and the Emmitsburg Food Bank. Door prizes will be awarded each day.

On Friday night, September 9, at 7:00 p.m., approximately forty participants will participate in the community flag ceremony, accompanied by a bagpipe processional performed by Bill and Andrew Douwes. “The Star Spangled Banner” will be sung by Chad Umbel, former Catoctin FFA student. This year’s program will recognize all former past Maryland State FFA officers who graduated from Thurmont High School, Emmitsburg High School, or Catoctin High School. Following the recognition, the 2016-2017 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin immediately following the program, and the grand champion cake, pie, and bread will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 10, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep, and Swine Fitting & Showing Contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Ag Center at the school. The Thurmont Police Department will have a K-9 dog exhibition, featuring “Buddy,” which will be held at 10:00 a.m., immediately before the Pet Show begins in front of the school. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. Categories include: cat with prettiest eyes; cat with longest whiskers; cutest cat; best-trained pet; dog with wiggliest tail; prettiest dog (25 pounds and under); prettiest dog (26 pounds and over); best costumed pet; pet with most spots; largest pet (by height); most unusual pet; and smallest pet. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thurmont Grange will serve their turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Entertainment for Saturday and Sunday will be performed by the Catoctin Mountain Boys. Performance times on Saturday will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; and from 7:00-8:30 p.m., the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be performed. On Sunday, the entertainment begins at 1:00 p.m.; the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be performed from 2:00-3:00 p.m. There will be no admission charge for the entertainment.

The 42nd annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine Sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. There will be approximately twelve beef, twelve sheep, twenty swine, and seven goats for sale by 4-H and FFA members. Buyers are welcome to come to support these individuals and their livestock projects.
Activities begin on Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The decorated animal contest will begin at noon.

At 12:00 p.m., the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. The 37th annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.
The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area. Another new and fun feature will be a Peddle Tractor Contest for kids, which will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., also in the Ag Center area, and prizes will be awarded.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 11, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please note the new deadline to pick up items.

The community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and surrounding area businesses in late July or early August. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland. Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments.
Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department, and Youth Department. There is no entry fee. Please visit our website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburg communityshow.webs.com.

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

The 60th annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 9, 10, and 11, 2016.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 8, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., as well as on Friday, September 9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, and is closed to the public. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. A silver offering will be collected to benefit the Thurmont Food Bank and the Emmitsburg Food Bank. Door prizes will be awarded each day.

On Friday night, September 9, at 7:00 p.m., approximately forty participants will participate in the community flag ceremony, accompanied by a bagpipe processional performed by Bill and Andrew Douwes. “The Star Spangled Banner” will be sung by Chad Umbel, former Catoctin FFA student. This year’s program will recognize all former past Maryland State FFA officers who graduated from Thurmont High School, Emmitsburg High School, or Catoctin High School. Following the recognition, the 2016-2017 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin immediately following the program, and the grand champion cake, pie, and bread will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 10, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep, and Swine Fitting & Showing Contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Ag Center at the school. The Thurmont Police Department will have a K-9 dog exhibition, featuring “Buddy,” which will be held at 10:00 a.m., immediately before the Pet Show begins in front of the school. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. Categories include: cat with prettiest eyes; cat with longest whiskers; cutest cat; best-trained pet; dog with wiggliest tail; prettiest dog (25 pounds and under); prettiest dog (26 pounds and over); best costumed pet; pet with most spots; largest pet (by height); most unusual pet; and smallest pet. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thurmont Grange will serve their turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Entertainment for Saturday and Sunday will be performed by the Catoctin Mountain Boys. Performance times on Saturday will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; and from 7:00-8:30 p.m., the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be performed. On Sunday, the entertainment begins at 1:00 p.m.; the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be performed from 2:00-3:00 p.m. There will be no admission charge for the entertainment.

The 42nd annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine Sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. There will be approximately twelve beef, twelve sheep, twenty swine, and seven goats for sale by 4-H and FFA members. Buyers are welcome to come to support these individuals and their livestock projects.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The decorated animal contest will begin at noon.

At 12:00 p.m., the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. The 37th annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area. Another new and fun feature will be a Peddle Tractor Contest for kids, which will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., also in the Ag Center area, and prizes will be awarded.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 11, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please note the new deadline to pick up items.

The community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and surrounding area businesses in late July or early August. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland. Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department, and Youth Department. There is no entry fee. Please visit our website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.webs.com.
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The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

Grace Eyler

November 23, 2015, marked the annual Community Citizenship Award ceremony held by the Thurmont Grange. This year, members joined together to share special memories and give thanks to the Keilholtz family who have volunteered so much time to our community. While members mingled and found seating for dinner, Bob Wiles gladly welcomed those who came out for the evening. The crowd proudly stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Addi Eyler singing the National Anthem. Roger Troxell held prayer.

Wiles turned attention to Niki Eyler who told of the Keilholtz family’s history. Bill Keilholtz served in the Air Force. He then worked on the family farm and purchased his first two milk trucks in 1946. He married his wife, Elizabeth in 1952. He began a trucking company known as Keilholtz Trucking. Bill and Elizabeth were members of many local organizations including the Catoctin FFA Alumni and the Thurmont Grange.

After the passing of Bill and Elizabeth, his sons Donnie and Billy, along with his grandson Chad, continued the family business. On behalf of Thurmont Grange President, Rodman Myers, Bill Powell spoke fondly of the Keilholtz family. “They are very giving; Bill would help anybody with anything! He was always there to back you up. People just took to him. If Bill told you something, you could hang your hat on it.”

In the summers, Powell recalled that Bill and Elizabeth would sit on their porch with their little dog. He and his wife, Gail, would stop in and talk. “Bill would talk about where he’s been, Elizabeth would talk about the kids. Right around Labor Day, she’d be working for days preparing food for the church. That lady made about the best red velvet cakes.”

Bill Keilholtz had an inspiring reputation for helping those around him. When cattle were in need of transport for local events, such as the Thurmont-Emmitsburg Community Show and The Great Frederick Fair, Keilholtz Trucking was there to bring the livestock in and out at the end of the day.

The Keilholtz family also has deep roots in our community’s 4-H society. In 1954, Ralph Lee Keilholtz, with other local residents, started the 4-H we know today. Dave Ekenrode said, “At the time, it grew to be the largest in the area with seventy-seven members.” Dave remembers meetings that were held at Ralph’s home, filling the living room and dining room, all the way to the steps. Ralph’s leadership was then followed by Patty Keilholtz.

Patty was not only the leader of Rocky Ridge’s 4-H, but also highly involved with the Maryland Angus Association. Patty was Junior Advisor. Her son, Chad, won the National Showmanship Contest. Mr. Powell said, “That’s almost unheard of because people in the Midwest beat ‘em out.”

Becky (Keilholtz) Clarke and her husband Tim’s daughters, Jessica and Taylor, were also accomplished in the local show rings as members of the Maryland Angus Association.

In 2015, Brenda (Keilholtz) Seiss has been leading the Rocky Ridge 4-H Club for nearly thirty-five years. She credits the highly popular youth organization to “…all of the parental help. I couldn’t do it without the parents and the families. When we want to do something, we don’t just pull a few kids in, we pull in everyone. I’m really fortunate for all the help we have.”

Her husband, Dave, is a local contractor. Their son, Bradley, another member who was known for his showmanship talent, is now the owner of newly opened “Seiss Woodworking,” located near Gateway Candyland, along Route 15 at Franklinville Road in Thurmont. Her daughter, Katie (Seiss) Eaves, is married to Andrew Eaves, whose family is also well known for their farming operations in the area.

Thurmont Grange Vice President Bob Wiles then called the family up to the front of the room to present Mayor’s proclamations from the Town of Thurmont, as well as the Community Citizen Award, honoring the Keilholtz family and the Progressive Rocky Ridge 4-H Club. In one way or another, a member of the Keilholtz family has lent a helping hand or assisted in bettering our community. There’s no better way to say it than Bob Valentine’s compliments, “There’s been no finer family around, than the Keilholtz family.”

Keilholtz Family

Niki Eyler and Bob Wiles present members of the Kielholtz family with the Thurmont Grange Citizenship Award and Proclamation from the Town of Thurmont, thanking the family, as well as Rocky Ridge 4-H Club.

The Purpose of the Community Show is to Educate, to Inspire, and to Entertain

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 11-13, 2015. Visit the Community Show’s website at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.webs.com to view the premium list for 2015 and the community show booklet.

On Friday evening, September 11, the 2015-2016 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin following the program, and the grand champion cake, pie, bread, gluten-free baked product, sugar free baked product, and the Junior and Youth Department baked product champions will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 10, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 11, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. There will be changes made in many of the classes, including photography, fresh vegetables, corn, and other departments. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 11, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m., and the Friday night program will feature the 50th anniversary of Sabillasville Elementary School, with several individuals being honored.

On Saturday, September 12, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Ag Center at the school. A Scales and Tales demonstration will take place immediately prior to the Pet Show in the front of the school. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. outside the front of the school. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides by the Mason Dixon Quarter Horse Club will also be held on Saturday and Sunday, located near the upper parking lot at the high school, featuring “Abel,” owned by Joe and Ruth Biser, who is a Brown Swiss animal that is twelve years old and weighs 2,600 pounds. Alpacas, owned by Lynn Cherish of Baggy Britches Farm, will be on display. Emus, owned by James Royer, will be on display, and a sow and litter of pigs owned by Phil Wivell will also be on display.

The Thurmont Grange will serve their turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. CATOCTIN The Band will perform in the auditorium, beginning at 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be performed. There will be no admission charge for this entertainment.

The 41st annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep, Swine and Market Goat sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night, with approximately fifty-five head of livestock being sold. Buyers are welcome to attend and purchase animals.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The decorated animal contest will begin at noon.

At 12:00 noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. The 35th annual Robert Kaas horseshoe pitching contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area. A peddle tractor contest for kids will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., also in the Ag Center area. The Thurmont Academy of Self Defense will have a program in the old gymnasium at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. CATOCTIN The Band will perform in the auditorium from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and the Taylor Brown “Elvis Show” will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The Catoctin FFA Alumni will be holding a raffle during the community show. Profit from the raffle will go toward the scholarship fund as each year the Alumni awards scholarships to graduating Catoctin FFA Chapter seniors and past FFA graduates seeking secondary education.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If items are left at the school after this time, they may be picked up in the Ag Center area on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, as there is no school on Monday, September 14th.

The community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg and surrounding area businesses in late July or early August. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland. Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department. There is no entry fee. Please visit our website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.webs.com.

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

 

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 11-13, 2015.

On Friday night, the 2015-2016 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin following the program and the grand champion cake, pie, bread, gluten-free baked product, sugar-free baked product, and the Junior and Youth Department baked product champions will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 10, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. There will be changes made in many of the classes, including photography, fresh vegetables, corn, and other departments. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 11, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m., and the Friday night program will feature the 50th anniversary of Sabillasville Elementary School.

On Saturday, September 12, the show opens at 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Ag Center at the school. A Scales and Tales demonstration will take place immediately prior to the Pet Show, which will take place in the front of the school at 10:30 a.m. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday, located near the upper parking lot at the high school.

The Thurmont Grange will serve a buffet turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Prices are: $13.00 per adult, $7.00 for children under twelve (children under five are free). Carry-out dinners are available for $14.00 each.

The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. There will be no admission charge for this entertainment.

The 41st annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m. with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The decorated animal contest will begin at noon. At noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. Prices are: $10.00 per adult; $7.00 for children under age twelve. The 36th annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area.

A peddle tractor contest for kids will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., also in the Ag Center area. The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 13, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. If items are left at the school after this time, they may be picked up in the Ag Center area on Tuesday, September 15, as there is no school on Monday, September 14.

The community show booklets can now be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg and surrounding area businesses.

New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland.

Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies and Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing and Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings and Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry and Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department. There is no entry fee.

Please visit their website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow. webs.com.

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

James Rada, Jr.

“Wagons ho!”

wagon-train-2With that once-common call, Joe Eyler started his wagon train, moving out from his farm on Eyler Road in Thurmont.

The wagon train was made up of eleven wagons, ranging in size from an authentic Conestoga wagon to a small cart pulled by two small Shetland ponies. The wagon train was accompanied by nineteen mounted outriders. Participants came from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

The wagon train was part of the annual Thurmont Heritage Day events that Eyler holds on his farm.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this,” Eyler said.

He added that he hopes to make it an annual event that travels to different destinations.

“The Emmitsburg mayor and Taneytown mayor have said that they are interested in having us come through their towns, and I’d like to rotate where we go,” Eyler said.

Orville Baker of Rocky Ridge brought his surrey to the event to join in the wagon train.

“I usually bring it out for parades, but this is nice,” Baker said.

The wagon train took place on Saturday, May 30. The group traveled from Thurmont to Harney (located in Carroll County). Along the way, the train traveled through covered bridges and forded the stream at Four Points Bridge.

The group camped on Saturday night at Eric Glass’ house on Tom’s Creek Road.

Hayden Lamb, a ten-year-old from New Market, participated in the wagon train with his family. He even dressed the part of a buckskinner.

“I like the camping and hanging out with everyone and riding on the wagons,” Hayden said. “I’m having a lot of fun.”

A cowboy church service was held on Sunday morning before the wagons headed out toward Harney. The wagon train arrived at the Harney Fire Department, located on Harney Road in Taneytown, for lunch.

wagon train

Wagoneers drive one of the wagons in the Thrumont Wagon Train onto Eyler Road as they head out toward Harney.

Photo by Jim Rada, Jr.

Beach Bound

Your agents at Senior Benefit Services in Thurmont want to make sure our seniors are prepared for their trip to Ocean City, Maryland. When packing up your bikini and Speedo, grab your Medicare and your insurance and prescription drug cards. Remember, your doctor knows you, but the Urgent Care at Ocean City does not.

Don’t forget that Senior Benefit Services is now accepting donations to the Thurmont Food Bank. Many of their clients ask, “What do we owe you?” and they reply, “All our services are free, but we graciously accept donations to our local Food Bank.” Don’t have a canned good? They take cash donations as well.

Schools are now out, and some kids are asking, “I’m hungry, what’s for lunch?” Thurmont citizens can answer that question with a donation to the food bank.

The Thurmont office of Senior Benefit Services is built on the premise of “neighbor helping neighbor,” so let’s all help our local citizens with a contribution to the Thurmont Food Bank.

Please stop in to the Senior Benefit Services, meet them, and help to make a difference in our community!

The staff at Senior Benefit Services—Karen, Shawn, Phyllis, and Barb—would like to wish you a safe summer season!

Senior Benefit Services Beach Bound

Pictured from left are (standing) Phyllis Nizer, Shawn Graff, Karen Simundson, and (kneeling) Barbara Plovock.

Pink Fire Trucks Coming to Town

The “Bubble Gum Pink” fire trucks that will be seen riding through Emmitsburg on Tuesday, July 7, will be promoting breast cancer awareness. A total of five fire engines of various types will be arriving on Monday evening, July 6, at the Vigilant Hose Company fire station on West Main Street, and also at the National Fire Heritage Center/Frederick County Fire/Rescue Museum on South Seton Avenue.

They are bringing with them a broad range of messages on personal well-being and safety awareness. The website www.pinkfiretrucks.org contains photos, video clips, and a great deal of background information. Being hosted by the various fire-related entities here in Firetown USA (as some call Emmitsburg), this special visitation is open to the public.

While in town, the group is open to making short personal home visits to those who have been dealing with debilitating diseases—yes, they are even making “house calls!” This is something they do routinely in their travels. The effort is being made possible by the group’s founder, Dave Graybill of Arizona (dgray-bill911@yahoo.com or 602-380-8714). For more information regarding this local Emmitsburg area opportunity or to include how you can arrange to take photos of the units and/or their personnel, contact Wayne Powell at waynepowellnfhc@gmail.com or 240-344-7390.

Thurmont Grange Welcomes Three New Members

At the May 20, 2015, meeting of Thurmont Grange #409, three new members were proudly welcomed. Grange Master Rodman Myers led their induction, followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Members of the Catoctin FFA also gave a presentation at the Grange meeting. The students shared their FFA projects and highlighted team achievements for this year.

The Grange is an organization dedicated to serving their community and promoting agriculture.

For further information or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104.

Thurmont Grange -check w Deb to make sure correct photo for write-up

Pictured from left to right are Grange Master Rodman Myers, Sandy Moser, Robert McAfee, Susan Crone, Chuck Crone, and Grange Chaplain Roger Troxell.

Courtesy Photo

Thurmont Lions Club Community Night Celebration

On May 27, 2015, the Thurmont Lions Club held its annual Community Night Celebration. Members have the opportunity to see the fruits of their year-long labor, as grants are given to numerous organizations. Community Night followed Education Night, held earlier in May, when the club gave grants and scholarships to the Catoctin Feeder schools and its students. Approximately $35,000 was given away during the two nights.

Funds had previously been given to Leader Dog, Maryland Medical Eye Bank, and Catoctin High School (CHS) Safe & Sane 2015.

Please call 301-271-0558 if you are interested in helping the Thurmont Lions Club make a difference in our community.

Thurmont Lions Club Community Night Celebration

Pictured from left are: Thurmont Lions Club President J.R. Wantz with Wayne Stackhouse, Guardian Hose Company; Tim Sturart, Seton Center; Bob Muchow, Lions Saving Kids Sight; Bob Johnson Lions Vision Research Foundation; George Anzelone, Thurmont Senior Citizens; Brooks Widders, Lions District 22-W Hearing & Speech; John Ruppel, Thurmont Scouting Inc; Megan Millson, Catoctin FFA; Lisa Gerring, Project Hope; Bill Blakeslee, Community Foundation of Frederick County for the Davey Long and Mike Compton Memorial Fund, the Make a Difference in Thurmont Fund, and the 1Lt Rob Seidel Wounded Soldier Fund; John Mashmeier, Catoctin Community Medical Fund; Becca Richards, Thurmont Thespians; Tara Lebherz, Thurmont Regional Library; Brandi Bubczyk, Spirit Show Choir; Kate Burke, Camp Jamie; Rebecca Areola, Frederick County Boys and Girls Club at TMS; Ted Nettles, MD Patriot Guard; Labella Kreiner, CHS Leos; Ann Nettles, MD Patriot Guard; Annalise Lewis, TMS Leos; Nick Nowaczyk, Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Club; Mary Frances Gosnell, Heaing Loss Association of America-Frederick County Chapter; Donna Jackman, Lions District-22W Diabetes; Paul Cannada, Lions Club International Foundation; Becky Little, Guiding Eyes for the Blind; Paster Sally Joyner-Giffin, Thurmont Food Bank; John Henry, St Joseph’s Ministries – St Catherine’s. Hidden: Susan Polansky, MD Parents of Blind Children.

Picture by Albie Little of Courtesy Photos Inc.

Thurmont Lions Club Inducts New Member

The Thurmont Lions Club inducted a new member, Lion Jill Long, during the March 25, 2015, meeting. Lion Jill’s husband, Mark Long, is also a member of the club. A warm welcome was given to Lion Jill, as the club welcomed her into their Lions family.

The Thurmont Lions Club is a group of community-minded men and women who come together to enjoy each other’s company, hear interesting programs, and raise funds for important local or vision-related activities. They meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Thurmont.

For additional information, visit their website at www.thurmonlionsclub.com or call 301-271-4433.

Thurmont Lions Club inducts new member

Pictured from left are Lion Glenn Rickard, sponsor; Lion Jill Long; and PDG Paul Cannada.

Cornhole 4 A Cause Tournament Winners

The winners of the annual Cornhole 4 A Cause Tournament fundraiser, hosted by Light the Night team Barkers 4 Blood Cancer, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, were Mark Clemmons and Barry Gastly, who went into the championship game with one loss, having to beat the undefeated Paul Eyler and Ryan Eyler twice to win the tournament. Third place went to Jacob Fisher and Kenny Rosenberry, who went undefeated until their fourth game. The event was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Emmitsburg Community Park. Details about the event, including winners and businesses that contributed to their fundraiser, are listed on their Facebook page: facebook.com/barkers4bloodcancer.

Barkers 4 Blood Cancer would like to thank everyone who attended the event, as well as all of the people and businesses that donated items for the event. They could not have done it without their volunteers: Jeremy Boylan, Tracy Boylan, Abigail Christian, Mark Clemmons, Shannon Cool, Eric Dempsey, Fran Dempsey, Morgan Dempsey, Harvey Dewees, Mary Dewees, Mike Dewees, Peggy Dewees, Brad Doyle, Kim Foreman, Alex Hayes, Gail Hayes, Tracie Lee, Joe MacCaffery, Dave Reid, Kelly Reid, Sue Reid, and Logan Rudez. Heartfelt thanks go out to all for supporting their cause.

Cornhole 2015 winners - 1st place

 First place winners, Barry Gastly and Mark Clemmons.

Cornhole 2015 winners- 2nd place

 Second place winners, Ryan and Paul Eyler.

Silver Fancy Garden Club Donates to Emmitsburg Branch Library

Children’s Library Associate Cheryl Dillman from Frederick County Public Libraries recently attended the monthly meeting of the Silver Fancy Garden Club of Emmitsburg and Taneytown. At the meeting, Dillman accepted a $200.00 donation to be used for Children’s services at the Emmitsburg Branch Library. Ms. Dillman reviewed the club’s programs held at the branch during the past year.

In thanking the club for their long-standing support of activities for children, Ms. Dillman said, “The time and effort donated by members of the Silver Fancy Club provide a wonderful opportunity for hands-on experiences for young people to learn about nature.” A photographic PowerPoint highlighting events from the past year included photographs of children making Gourd Birdhouses and Christmas Tea Centerpieces.

Also at the meeting, club member Janet Hatter, who has coordinated the programs for children at the Emmitsburg Branch, was presented with the Dessie Moxley Youth Involvement and Development Award. This award—a silver platter—was presented by club President Joyce Bruchey. The award is given annually by the District 5 State of Maryland Garden Club to honor a Federated Garden Club member for activities completed within the current year with youth.

The Silver Fancy Garden Club’s history dates back to 1954 when it began in Emmitsburg. Club members promote an interest in gardening, flower arranging, and conservation. Other activities that members plan are tree and flower planting for civic improvement. Members are concerned about litter control and the Highway Beautification Act. They have planted wild flowers along roadways, and put up bluebird nesting boxes. Club meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Emmitsburg or Taneytown Library. New members are welcome. Interested individuals can call Betty Cree at 410-346-7663 for new member information.

This spring, club members Janet Hatter, Cheryl Rippeon, and Linda Mullineaux, instructed a group of thirteen elementary-aged children in the art of spring flower arranging. Each child created a beautiful Easter arrangement that they were able to take home.

The next Silver Fancy Garden event to be held at the Emmitsburg Branch Library will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. and will feature dahlia arrangements. Children, six to fourteen years of age, are invited to register at www.fcpl.org or call 301-600-6329. All materials are provided.

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Silver Fancy Garden Club members Cheryl Rippeon, Janet Hatter, and Linda Mullineaux (not pictured) assisted children from the Emmitsburg community in the art of flower arranging during their Spring Junior Gardener class at the Emmitsburg Library.

Cascade Sons of the American Legion Holds Benefit     

Submitted by Bill Eiker, SAL Historian

On June 13, 2015, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Post 239 of Cascade, Maryland, held a benefit drawing on the grounds of Fort Ritchie.

Of the more than 2,400 tickets sold, more than 900 people were in attendance.

Although it felt more like a mid-summer day on the day of the benefit drawing—hot and humid down in the flatlands—on the mountain top it was much less humid, with a nice cool breeze. Those present thoroughly enjoyed the fundraising festivities and were generously supportive.

Fisher House’s “Persons in Need” fund and the Cascade Elementary School’s “Christmas Project” will be prioritized in receiving the proceeds from the Sons of the American Legion.

The SAL would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who endeavored to make this day a huge success.

Winners of the benefit drawing were: T. Doing, R. Stinnett, J. Gauss, M. Dewdney, D. Wageman, A. Mogle, D. Knaub, C. Hill, M. Creek, S. Kline, M. Reed, D. Davis, R. Ridenour, F. Young, P. Fleagle, L. Lynn, D. Banzoff, and R. Dougan.

Habitat for Humanity Townhouse for Sale in Thurmont

Habitat for Humanity is back in Thurmont with a new homeownership program through Frederick County Affordable Housing Land Trust (FACAHLT). They are seeking applicants who would like to become homeowners of a fantastic townhouse on Spangler Court in Thurmont, featuring three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, garage, and new appliances. The townhouse is selling for $150,000.

For more information about FCAHLT and how to qualify to purchase, please contact , FCAHLT Director Jennifer Minnick at 301-698-2449 ext. 19 or jminnick@frederickhabitat.org.

You Could Win a Camper

The Lewistown Volunteer Fire Department is holding a raffle for which winners will be drawn on April 2, 2016. You could win a Coachmen Clipper pop-up camper; a Stihl leaf blower; or a weed eater.

The camper is provided by Beckley’s Camping Center. Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00. Call 301-748-2874 for more information.

Bittner Reunion

Descendents of Sam and Clara Bittner will hold their annual Bittner Reunion on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the St. John’s United Church of Christ Parish Hall, located on 16923 Sabillasville Road in Sabillasville.

Family and friends are invited to gather at noon. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information or with any questions, email Joan Fry at jofry241@yahoo.com with questions. Kids Fishing Derby 2015

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 121 held their annual Kids Fishing Derby in June. A nice turnout of participants allowed many to enjoy some great prizes and fabulous fishing. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants who landed a big catch!

Businesses who supported this event include Bollinger’s Restaurant, Don’s Towing, Shuff’s Meats, Mare Inc. Boating and Fishing, Thurmont Bar and Grill, Thurmont Eye Care, Thurmont Tanning Salon, Thurmont Auto Sales, Vier’s Auto Repair, Sons of Amvets Squadron 7, Amvets Auxiliary Unit 7, Amvets Post 7, Zurgable Brothers Hardware, VFW Post 6658 Emmitsburg, VFW Auxiliary Unit 6658 Emmitsburg, VFW Men’s Auxiliary Squadron 6658 Emmitsburg, Mountain Gate Restaurant, Hillside Turkey Farm, New Bill’s Auto Body, Emmitsburg Lions Club, Weis Market, Welch’s Lawn Service, Jubilee Foods, Total Look Salon, Rebecca Pearl Galleries, East Park Automotive, Bollinger Construction Inc., Bollinger Homes LLC, Quality Tire Center, Hobb’s Cycle Service, Carleo Italian Pizza, Emmitsburg Glass Company, Fitzgeralds Auto and Cycle, Harrington’s Equipment Co., My Father’s Footsteps Salon, Carriage House Inn, Hobb’s Trucking Co., Knights of Columbus, Stavro’s Pizza, Dave and Jane’s Crab House, Thurmont Feed Store, C. A. Stouter Transport, J.R. Stine, Holtzople Heating and Air, Joann’s Cut and Curl, Rocky’s Pizza, Kountry Kitchen, and E Plus Copy Center.

Legion hosts would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the Kids Fishing Derby a success: Mike Hartdagen, Tim Andrew, Mark Zurgable, Jim Houck, Tim Hane, Ron Cool, Alan Cool, Fred Hoff, Mark Walter, Paul Sutton, Brad Hartdagen, Roger Melton, Lewis Smith, Kevin Cogan, Sharon Hane, Rich Kapriva, Gary Stouter, Matt Cogan, Jean Cool, Ron Springer, Brenda Sites, Cory Stouter, Ron Rosensteel, Evon Rosensteel, Tom Joy, Carole Hartdagen, Brianna Gregory, Dave Bushman, and Kelsey Dewees.

“Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers, and may God bless you for you have made many children very happy!”

Catoctin High School’s New Distinguished Graduate Organization Seeks Nominees

A new Distinguished Graduate Organization was established at Catoctin High School (CHS) during the 2014-2015 school year to recognize the graduates of Catoctin High School who have made a difference locally, in the state, and/or in the nation.

Committee membership stands at seven and currently includes Keith Bruck, Program Coordinator; Bernard Quesada, CHS Principal; Deb Clarke, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; Kim Flabbi, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; Curt Howser, CHS staff member; John Koepke, community member and former CHS staff member; Glenn Moxley, CHS graduate and current CHS staff member; and Tom Sherald, community member and former CHS staff member.

“Our Principal, Bernie Quesada, expressed interest in starting the program, modeling it after a similar program that exists at Linganore High School,” said Keith Bruck.

Nominations for Distinguished Graduates are invited in five categories: academics, arts and humanities, athletics, business, and public service. Nominated graduates will be mailed an application to complete. Honorees will be selected from those applications returned to the committee. All nominees must be graduates of Catoctin High School. Students who attended CHS but did not graduate from CHS are not eligible for recognition.

The community can also nominate a former Catoctin staff member (cafeteria worker, custodian, instructional aide, secretary, or teacher) to be recognized.

The earliest a former staff member can be nominated is two years following their departure from CHS.

To honor distinguished graduates, there will be an awards ceremony the Tuesday before Thanksgiving 2015. The freshmen and senior classes and the honorees’ families are the only guests invited to the awards ceremony. When each honoree receives his/her award, he/she will be invited to speak to the guests and students about the impact of a CHS education and the choices that he/she made that led to personal success. The goal is for the freshmen and seniors to discover role models in the many men and women who are Catoctin alumni. After the ceremony, the recipients will visit specific classes to further share their expertise and experience.

The day will conclude with a small reception in the media center to honor the recipients.

Nomination forms can be picked up in the front office of Catoctin High School, or can be downloaded from the CHS website at www.education.fcps.org/chs. Nomination forms must be submitted by September 1, 2015, to 14745 Sabillasville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

Nominees will then receive an application to be completed by October 1, 2015. The Distinguished Graduate Organization committee will determine the award recipients by October 15.

Fundraiser Helps Special Needs Students

Pamela Adams-Campbell, a special needs teacher at Catoctin High School, asked Frederick County Public Schools to fund Chromebooks for her students. She received the answer that if they were purchased for one school, they’d have to purchase them for all schools, and the funds are not budgeted or allocated for that purpose at the present time. It could have been a while for this need to be filled.

Mrs. Adams-Campbell set out to raise funds for the purpose. While she could have focused on raising funds for her students alone, she instead has set out to raise enough funds to purchase approximately one hundred Chromebooks at the cost of $33,000. Each Chromebook costs about $330.00.

With Frederick County Public School’s initiative to go “paperless” this past school year, over 90,000 documents were shared using Google Drive at Catoctin High in the school year 2014-1015. Chromebooks will allow students with special needs to share documents. More importantly, the tablet computer will allow visual and verbal interaction with these students who thrive with alternative ways of learning. It is proven that students with attention deficit learn better from hearing words while reading along visually; students with autism learn well by moving items around with a mouse on a computer; students with physical challenges may use apps on the Chromebooks to speak their text or hear words read to them. The benefits of these compact portable tools are unending.

Sponsors of each Chromebook will receive recognition with a plaque on each Chromebook they buy, newsletter recognition throughout FCPS, and Web recognition on “Find Out First” online.

“Friends” are those who sponsor one Chromebook, “Supporters” sponsor two, and “Champions” sponsor up to ten Chromebooks.

Call Catoctin High School at 240-236-8100 and ask for Pamela Adams-Campbell or email her at pamela.adamscampbell@fcps.org for more information. This is a great purpose. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

Emmitsburg’s Multi-User Recreational Trails Officially Open for Fun

A ceremony for the dedication of the Emmitsburg Multi-Users Recreational Trails was held Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Rainbow Lake where the trails start. The trail system includes sixteen miles of trails through the mountains around Rainbow Lake. The trails can be used by families, groups, enthusiasts, and recreational hikers and mountain bikers. The system includes challenging trails and beginner trails.

Tim O’Donnell, the Town of Emmitsburg’s coordinator for the project, thanked the Trail Conservancy who provided approximately $100,000 in grant funding for this project, as well as Single Track Futures who provided approximately $300,000 in matching funds for grants obtained through the State Highway Administration and the Recreational Trail Program to make this project a reality. Additionally, he thanked Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), the International Bicycling Association, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Emmitsburg, and all who have traveled far and near to volunteer. Over 1,000 volunteer hours were recorded to build the trails.

Austin Steo, Executive Director of the Trail Conservancy, said, “We were glad to have helped Tim realize his vision for a trail system here.”

There will be more trails built, including a trail to connect to Annandale Road and eventually to the Town of Emmitsburg with a natural surface trail. There will be twenty-five to thirty miles of trail when the project is complete within the next five years.

Caroline O’Donnell said, “My Dad has worked very hard for a very long time to make this happen. He completed a proposal with bulletin boards and drawings that he presented to the town before he became a town commissioner. It’s been a long-term effort.”

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Pictured from left are Jason Hade, Jude O’Donnell, Dewey, Austin Steo with the Trail Conservancy, Tim O’Donnell with the Town of Emmitsburg, Noreen O’Donnell, Caroline O’Donnell, and Chris Howell.

The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 11-13, 2015. On Friday night, the 2015-2016 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin following the program, and the grand champion cake, pie, bread, gluten-free baked product, sugar-free baked product, and the Junior and Youth Department baked product champions will be sold at 9:00 p.m. 

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 10, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. There will be changes made in many of the classes, including photography, fresh vegetables, corn, and other departments.  Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 11, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m., and the Friday night program will feature the 50th anniversary of Sabillasville Elementary School. 

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 10:00 p.m.  Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Ag Center at the school.  A Scales and Tales demonstration will take place prior to the Pet Show. The Pet Show will be held at 10:30 a.m., outside the front of the school. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thurmont Grange will serve their turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. There will be no admission charged for this entertainment.

The 41st Annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. 

Activities begin on Sunday, September 13, at 9:00 a.m. with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The Decorated Animal Contest will begin at noon.

At noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. The 36th Annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area. A peddle tractor contest for kids will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., also in the Ag Center area. The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Please note the new deadline to pick up items.

The community show booklets can be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and surrounding area businesses in late July or early August. New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland. Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department.  There is no entry fee.  Please visit their website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunity show.webs.com. 

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni, the Maryland State Grange, and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.