August 24, 2013
Raymond Russell Wollard Sr., 88, of Hagerstown passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 6, 1924, in Thurmont, Md., he was the son of the late James Franklin Sr. and Daisy Lee (Pleasant) Wollard. He also was preceded in death by a brother, James Franklin Wollard Jr.; and his son-in-law, John Ryder. He was a 1942 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
August 5, 2013
The Thurmont Thespians will hold open auditions for their fall production of “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” a mystery-spoof by John Bishop, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, and Monday, Aug. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 15 N. Church St., in Thurmont. The cast needs five women and five men of various ages to fill the roles. Auditions will involve reading from the script. Advance copies can be obtained by contacting director Mike Brown at 443-841-9064 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Despite the title, “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is not a musical and there are no real singing roles in it. The show is suitable for all ages. Production dates for “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” are for the first two weekends in November - Friday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Nov. 3; and Friday, Nov. 8, to Sunday, Nov. 10. Performances are at the American Legion Auditorium Stage on 8 Park Lane in Thurmont.
July 22, 2013
A woman who jumped out of a moving vehicle on U.S. 15 near the north side of Thurmont on Sunday night was pronounced dead Monday, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police did not release the woman's identity or where she was from, but said she was 21 years old. The incident is being investigated by state police in Frederick County and the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the release said. Troopers were called to southbound U.S. 15, north of Md. 550, around 10:20 p.m. Sunday for a report of a passenger opening the vehicle's door and exiting while the vehicle was moving, police said.
July 16, 2013
Terry C. Coblentz, 34, of Highfield Road in Cascade, Md., passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. Born March 13, 1979, in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of Terry A. Coblentz of Thurmont, Md., and the late Susan K. (Gray) Coblentz. He was a graduate of Catoctin High School in Thurmont. He was owner and operator of Coblentz Forest Products. He is survived by his wife of nine years, Michelle L. (Levenduski) Coblentz, whom he married Feb. 13, 2004; daughter, Tiffany Lantz; sons, Terry Coblentz and Trevor Coblentz; sisters, Jamie, Kelly, Kristy, Jenna and Courtney; brother, J. Ryan; grandparents, Geraldine Coblentz, and Roger and Carol Gray; and several nieces and nephews.
May 25, 2013
Mr. Howard Scott Bell, 62, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Friday, May 24, 2013, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Lori Webster Bell, his wife of 16 years. Born Dec. 15, 1950, in Longmont, Colo., he was the son of the late Albert Nathan and Ada Hildebrand Bell. Howard was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Frederick. He was a train collector, enjoyed gardening and traveling, was a great cook, and loved his dogs and cats. Mr. Bell was employed by First Data in Hagerstown.
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.