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Town of Thurmont staff and elected officials are beginning to plan for the 2nd Annual Thurmont Think Pink 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Eyler Road Park in Thurmont. The event will provide awards for overall male and female top five finishers. Each participant will also receive a Think Pink t-shirt and other goodies. The cost of the event is $25.00 per participant; $35 the day of the event. Runners and walkers may register online at For more information on the Think Pink 5K, contact CAO Jim Humerick at 301-271-7313.

Thurmont Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder is working on other Think Pink events that will be held in the month of October. Thurmont will once again be adorned with pink light bulbs and pink ribbons all through town, along with something new this year: pink pinwheels! Thurmont, known as the “Gateway to the Mountains,” has adopted the slogan “Gateway to the Cure” during each October, since 2014. Gateway to the Cure t-shirts will be on sale at the Thurmont Municipal Offices along with other items. Once again this year, all proceeds will go to the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to the generous support from residents, businesses, and friends, the Town of Thurmont presented Ms. Hurwitz with a check last year that totaled $10,000. Thurmont Commissioner Wayne Hooper stated, “This is a wonderful cause, and we are proud to do whatever we can to help. We encourage everyone to show their support and think pink.”

The Town of Thurmont is partnering with the Catoctin Mountain Park on the Gateway Trail project. The Gateway Trail links the Thurmont Memorial Park, the Trolley Trail, and the Thurmont Community Park to the trailhead located at the Lewis Area on West Main Street. Until further acquisition can be obtained by the Town of Thurmont, the current Gateway Trail alignment starts at the Trolley Trail to the east and the Community Park to the south. From those two points, the alignment turns north onto South Altamont Avenue and then turns west on West Main Street, eventually linking to the Lewis Area of Catoctin Mountain Park, just west of Route 15. The trail from the Lewis Area then connects hikers to scenic Chimney Rock.

Thurmont Public Works crews installed Gateway Trail signs identifying this route. This project creates a wonderful connection between the park and Thurmont. Thanks to Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder, former Catoctin Mountain Park Superintendent Mel Poole, and current Park Superintendent Rick Slade for spearheading this project.

Deb Spalding

BollingersBollinger’s Restaurant, located at 210 North Church Street in Thurmont, recently secured a beer-only license and is now serving bottled and draft beer. Yingling and Coors Light are served on a cold draft line, while bottled beers include Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and a seasonal IPA.

Their popular wing night will continue on Wednesdays and will now be complimented with discount beer and pitchers of beer. Co-owner, co-cook, and co-bottle washer, Josh Bollinger (pictured right) said, “We have ten different flavors of wings and more to come!”

Bollinger’s is rolling out a new menu in January that will feature more barbeque options, in addition to long-time favorites. Be on the lookout for Bollinger’s Restaurant to team up with the Town of Thurmont for Thurmont’s first annual wing eating competition in early spring.

Bollinger’s Restaurant will also host a barbeque sandwich food challenge. Challengers will be faced with a three-pound sandwich and French fries to eat within twenty minutes. Winners get the meal for free and their post on Bollinger’s Wall of Fame.

Don’t forget, you can buy Josh’s famous Uncle Dirty’s BBQ Sauces in bottles at the restaurant or in the Thurmont Main Street Center. For more information call 301-271-3500. See their advertisement on page 6 for a discount dining coupon.


by Valerie Nusbaum

I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that the holidays are almost here. A few minutes ago, we were sweating and wishing for a break from the heat, and now we’re thinking about Thanksgiving dinner and what to buy Uncle Frank for Christmas. Still, with Thanksgiving approaching, I should acknowledge some things that I’m thankful for.

Randy and I do a little traveling in the fall. In recent years, we’ve done mostly day trips. Though, things don’t always go as smoothly as we’d like. One night, I glanced out the window and saw Randy’s truck pulling up out front. The door flew open, and I looked up to see a scowling, fuming man.

“When did we change our PIN for the ATM?” he fired off.

“We didn’t,” I replied.

My hubby had gone out to run some errands around town, one of which was to get us some cash for our trip to Pennsylvania the next day. He went on to explain that the ATM had spit out the card twice, with the message that he was using an incorrect PIN. He ranted that for the last twenty years, he had been using the same number and now that number wouldn’t work. I asked what number he’d used and he rattled off four digits ending in “9”.

“Well there’s the problem, dear. Our PIN ends in “3”. You just had a brain freeze. Happens all the time to me,” I laughed.

We argued for a while, with each of us sticking to our story; however, in truth, neither of us could say for certain what our PIN number really is. I went upstairs and searched through our old rolodex in the hope that years ago I had written it down. I couldn’t find it there or in the file cabinet. Then my brain turned on, and I looked at Randy and blurted out the correct number. Both of us had been wrong before. His face cleared up, and he agreed that I finally had the right number. We eventually got the mess straightened out.

I’m grateful that our memories aren’t totally gone, that we’re still able to get around, and that the ladies at our bank don’t judge us.

Perhaps we should just give up on using the ATM; on our next outing, we stopped by the bank for some cash. Randy was driving my car. He got a little too close to the building and scraped the tire. I bit my tongue and glared at him. He scowled back at me and proceeded to drop the ATM card out the window. He couldn’t get the car door open far enough to retrieve the card, and the swearing started. There was a car behind us, so we couldn’t back up. I got out, walked around my car, wedged myself between the car and the bank, and picked up the card. I called Randy a bad name, and I apologized to the person behind us. That person shook his head and did not look happy.

We got our money and then drove over to McDonald’s to get some drinks for the road. Randy ordered two senior Diet Cokes. When he pulled around to the window to pay, the young lady took his money and said, “You don’t look like a senior, but ok. Congratulations. You’re doing well.”

Randy spat out, “What the heck does that mean? Should I have said, ‘Why, yes, I’m upright, I’m mobile, and some days I can make water!’” I just looked out the window, hoping that our day would get better. After all, the young woman at McDonald’s hadn’t told me that I was doing well. Evidently, I do look like a senior citizen.

I’m grateful that we’re able to take these trips, that we have a little cash in the bank, and that some businesses give old people a discount.

I am also grateful for MapQuest and GPS, even though Randy often argues with them and tells them how wrong they are.

A nice lady (whose name I didn’t catch) visited us in our booth at Colorfest. She saw our names on our tent banner and wanted to know if we were “that” Randy and Valerie from The Catoctin Banner. I’m always hesitant to admit it until I find out if I’m in trouble, but this lady said she enjoyed reading about us. That same day, a nice gentleman named Russell visited us and told us that he, too, likes reading my column in The Banner.

As always, I’m grateful and amazed that anyone wants to read the things I write, and I’m grateful for my relationships with The Catoctin Banner, Catoctin Colorfest, and the Town of Thurmont.

I’m grateful that my mother and my in-laws are still with us, and I’m thankful for the years I had with my dad. I appreciate my friends—old and new—and I’m grateful for family near and far. Food on the table, clothes on my back, freedom to come and go, and so much more, are things I’m grateful for. Most of all, I’m grateful to have a partner who muddles through life with me. And, of course, I’m thankful for Bill Blakeslee.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have much for which to be grateful

think pink donationFor the month of October, the Town of Thurmont sponsored a “Think Pink” fundraising campaign, during which many businesses and residents contributed to the Patty Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital. “Think Pink” resulted in an impressive response. Through the cooperation of residents and businesses in Thurmont, the Town of Thurmont presented the Patty Hurwitz Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital with a check for $5,287.10 at the town’s November 18, 2014, meeting.

Thurmont’s Chief Administrative Officer, Jim Humerick, stated, “To have this type of participation and support from businesses and residents for the first year of our program is phenomenal. This speaks volumes about our community.”

“Thanks to all the ‘Think Pink’ Business participants, the residents, and the Town of Thurmont. Thurmont rocks!” added Thurmont’s Main Street Manager, Vickie Grinder.