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February News Briefs

Spring Fling offers $30K in prizes with a chance at an extra $500

Enjoy Vigilant Hose Companyís annual spring fling at the Knott ARCC Complex and support your local fire company. The event will feature cash or prize giveaways every 5 minutes from noon until 6 p.m. on May 21. A total of $30,000 in prizes will be given away with a grand prize of $4,000.

Besides the prizes, you can enjoy food, drink and music all day long. Each ticket for the spring fling is $60 and covers admission for two people. If you need to leave early, donít worry, you donít need to be present to win.

If you purchase your ticket before March 1, youíll be eligible for the special early bird drawing for $500 in cash.

For tickets or more information, call the Vigilant Hose Company at 301-447-2728.

Mount students hone wilderness aid skills

Students from Mount St. Maryís recently spent time in the wilderness of Emmitsburg learning how to provide first aid when no hospital is nearby. The wilderness first response class had a live outdoor simulation in Emmitsburg.

The class, taught by Wilderness Medical Associates, teaches skills like CPR, first aid and injury diagnosis under conditions one might experience outdoors in extreme sports or wilderness areas. It is an annual course at the Mount usually taught in the winter.

Mount graduate appointed to archbishop

Bishop Paul Coakley, a member of the class of 1983 from Mount St. Maryís University will be installed as the Archbishop of Oklahoma City on Feb. 11. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is made up of 31 counties and has a Catholic population of over 46,000.

Coakley has served as bishop in the Diocese of Salina in Kansas for the past six years before Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as archbishop. He was ordained a priest in 1983 in Wichita, Kansas.

He attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate studies, St. Pius X Seminary in Kentucky and Mount St. Maryís University Seminary where he received his masterís and doctorate in Theology.

Mount St. Maryís Universityís Seminary is the largest and the second-oldest seminary in the United States. It has been called the "Cradle of Bishops" because in its more than two centuries of existence, it has graduated episcopal alumni.

Thurmont man fatally injured in accident

A Thurmont man was killed in an early morning accident on Dec. 30 in Carroll Valley.

27-year-old Patrick Michael Kolb, Jr., of Thurmont, was traveling westbound on Route 116 around 1:35 a.m. when his car left the road on the right side and went up an embankment. It returned to the road only to cross over and go off the road on the left side. The vehicle then struck a tree broadside near the 6300 block of Fairfield Road.

Carroll Valley Police responded to the scene as well as the Adams County coroner who declared Kolb dead at the scene.

Maple sugaring at Strawberry Hill

This month, Strawberry Hill will present a number of programs that show attendees how maple syrup is made. The programs are on Feb. 12, 13, 19, 20 and 27 as well as March 5 and 6. There is a minimum cost for this hands-on demonstration of the tapping and the boiling process. Participants will have the opportunity to experience all facets of maple sugaring: selecting a tree, drilling into it, tapping, collecting sap and finally tasting freshly cooked syrup right from the fire. The program also includes a sing-along and a taste test in which you will sample a variety of syrups.

Contact Strawberry Hill at 717-642-5840 for more information.

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