by Michele Cuseo


Christmas in Thurmont—December 6

The 12th Annual Christmas in Thurmont event starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Mechanicstown Square Park with a ribbon cutting. This event is meant to help support local businesses by asking citizens to shop locally.  Shoppers can register for free prizes and enjoy hot cider and cookies from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Event also features a game to “find the Elf” in each participating business in order to win free prizes. Learn more about the game rules when registering for this event. Donations of warm coats and non-perishable food are being accepted at the square and Hobbs Hardware during the event.

Bring kids to visit Santa and get free photos with a Christmas stocking (for first 250) during the following times: Photos with Santa at the Square park, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Santa reads a story to the kids at the Thurmont Library, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; Santa visits with kids again at the Gazebo, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., join the Lions Club for the Remembrance tree lighting with caroling next to the PNC bank,  followed by the prize drawing at 5:00 p.m. at Hobb’s Hardware.

Call Heather Dewees at 301-471-7313 for additional information on participating as a business or a shopper.

Food Bank and Coat Drive in Thurmont

Drop-off boxes to collect winter coats and canned food goods will be available at the Christmas in Thurmont event and at many participating businesses, including Hobbs Hardware.

Organizers and businesses encourage all shoppers to bring a canned food item for donation to help with the spirit of giving for this holiday season.

Sidewalk Construction Update

The sidewalk construction that incorporates the handicap accessibility design is almost complete on E. Main Street. More sidewalk work will continue throughout November and December. Town officials ask that you please be aware of the traffic and safety issues while Thurmont gets this upgrade.

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


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot “Emmitsburg Wattle Waddle” to Benefit Seton Center

The 6th Annual Wattle Waddle will be held on Thanksgiving day.  Activities start at the Emmitsburg Community Park (parking behind Library and next to Community Pool) at 8:30 a.m. with the 5-Mile run. Walkers and spectators can enjoy an early morning breakfast from the Holy Grounds Café that will include turkey bacon at 8:45 a.m. Walkers will enjoy a walk through the grounds of St. Catherine’s and St. Joseph’s.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seton Center, Inc., our local non-profit organization that helps the needy in Northern Frederick County. For more information, visit the website at or call David Weigelt at 240-575-5399.

Lions Club Bake Sale—November 22

The Lions Club will hold a Bake Sale at the Emmitsburg Jubilee shopping center on November 22, 2014. Proceeds will provide school scholarship funds to college-bound Emmitsburg high school students. Any student who lives in the Emmitsburg area can apply for the scholarship.

Emmitsburg Holiday Party—December 6

Children can look forward to a magic show, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, and other fun activities to celebrate the holiday season this year. Activities start at 9:00 a.m. at the Fire Hall. Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. and stay until 1:00 p.m. The Lions Club will be collecting canned goods for their annual Christmas Baskets program, which helps approximately sixty local families in need. Drop-off boxes are also located at Jubilee Foods and other business locations.  Anyone who would like to contribute for the holidays can mail checks to:  Emmitsburg Lions Club, PO Box 1182, Emmitsburg, MD  21727.

Working Together for Park Equipment in Silo Hill

Commissioner Mellor strongly advocated for the new park equipment in Silo Hill. There was a lot of teamwork between her, the mayor, and the town staff. The playground is funded through a grant to the town.

View the Town of Emmitsburg’s website at or call the town office at 301-600-6300 for more information.

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