April 22, 2013
Area residents can try their hand at panning for gold when geologist Jeri Jones leads a fossil-hunting field trip from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The trip is sponsored by Renfrew Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock & Mineral Club. Pans and mineral collection containers will be supplied, and anyone who has a sluice box may bring it along. The trip also includes stops at the Vulcan Materials quarry in Buckeystown, Md., and the Specialty Granules quarry in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Those joining the trip should bring collecting gear such as buckets, hammers and newspaper, and wear clothing appropriate for digging fossils.
April 5, 2013
Mr. Irvin F. Stride, 97, of Frederick, Md., died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1915, in Frederick, he was the son of the late Irvin G. and Grace E. Stottlemyer Stride. He was the loving husband of Eva M. Young Stride. Mr. Stride enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Sharon Stride Poole of Boonsboro, Md., Marty Stride of Thurmont, Md., and Kenneth Stride of New York; stepdaughter, Jean Boone of Libertytown, Md.; grandchildren, Donald Dick, Jeffrey Dick and John Stride; great-grandchildren, Jacob Dick and Elizabeth Dick; and five stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Eileen Stride Vetiello; one stepgrandchild; as well as two brothers, Richard N. Stride and Robert M. Stride.
March 29, 2013
Sunday's Easter crowd will be the last big holiday the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant staff will serve before closing its doors on April 7. After serving its country-style meals for 16 years at 10530 Buchanan Trail East in Waynesboro, the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant is closing. “It's time that we condense down and get a little more focused, and see if we can do a better job at our other location (in Thurmont, Md.),” said Keith McCleaf, of the McCleaf family who owns the Mountain Gate Family Restaurants in Waynesboro and Thurmont.
January 16, 2013
Northbound U.S. 15 at Md. 550 in Thurmont was closed Wednesday morning due to a diesel fuel spill from a tractor-trailer, Maryland State Police said in a news release. The incident took place at about 4:36 a.m., police said. About 40 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the tractor-trailer's saddle tank, the release said. Units from area fire companies and the State Highway Administration were at the scene, and Maryland Environmental Protection was en route, according to police.
December 20, 2012
Auditions for the Thurmont Thespians Spring Musical, "Grey Gardens" will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, through Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the St. John's Lutheran Church Social Hall, 15 N. Church St. in Thurmont. The musical will be Fridays through Sundays, March 15 to 17 and 22 to 24 at the Thurmont American Legion Auditorium. There are 13 singing roles available, some of which can be doubled, if necessary or desired. The female roles are as follows: one woman —60s to 70s; two women - 40s; one woman - 20s and two young girls - 7 to 13 years old. The male roles are as follows: two men - 60s to 70s; two men — 20s; one man — 20s to 30s who can also play the piano and one or two black men - 20s to 40s. For more information about these auditions contact director Beth Royer Watson at 301-416-0864.
November 16, 2012
A 21-year-old Thurmont, Md., man died Friday night after a two-vehicle crash east of Smithsburg, according to Maryland State Police. Vincent Charles Healy Jr., of 13618 Tower Road, was transported from the scene to Meritus Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Healy was riding a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle west on Foxville Road (Md. 77) when a GMC Sierra pickup truck traveling east on Md. 77 turned left onto Pleasant Valley Road and into his path, police said.
August 10, 2012
"Gidion's Knot" is coming to the Maryland State One Act Play Festival in January 2013. The Thurmont Thespians will enter it and Spencer Watson will be directing. The role of Heather is filled. The role of Dr. Corryn Fell is open. Auditions are at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, and Monday, Aug. 27, at the St. John's Lutheran Church Social Hall, 15 North Church Street (Md. 550) in Thurmont. For more information, contact Watson at email@example.com or 240-285-3503.
July 18, 2012
The following area students were awarded dean's list honors for the spring semester at St. Mary's College of Maryland: Thomas Barry of Frederick, Md. Laura Bell of Hagerstown Allyson Bloom of Frederick Hannah Boward of Hagerstown Jacqueline Brady of Thurmont, Md. Rachel Braunstein of Myersville, Md. Sarah Brown of Rohrersville Frances Caroscio of Hagerstown Christopher Coghill of Jefferson, Md. Zachary Rowan Copley...
June 25, 2012
Mr. Charles Thomas Spalding Sr., 81, of 150 E. Franklin St., Greencastle, Pa., died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his home following a lengthy illness. Born March 6, 1931, in Thurmont, Md., he was the son of the late Horace Francis and Helen (Fogle) Spalding. He spent his early life in Thurmont before moving to Hagerstown and later Greencastle, where he lived for 48 years. Mr. Spalding attended Hagerstown schools. He and his wife, Mary Janet (Kendle) Spalding, were married Dec. 9, 1949, in Hagerstown, Md. Mr. Spalding was employed by M.P. Moller for 40 years as a pipe maker before retiring in 1992.
May 19, 2012
Protesters speaking out against genocide in Ethiopia took to Thurmont's main intersection Saturday, when a G-8 Summit in nearby Camp David was scheduled to wrap up. Police in riot gear stood in rows in the street as dozens of protesters held signs, waved flags, chanted and shouted messages through bullhorns. Their target was Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zanawi, whom they accused of being “one of the worst human rights violators in the world,” according to a two-page packet protesters distributed.