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Celebrating Thurmont’s king and queen

Helen Deluca
Thurmont Dispatch

(6/19) Hi to everyone!

Did you see the Thurmont Heritage Day King and Queen contest that took place on May 16?

This was a first for Thurmont and it all stared with a small group of interested residents over a year ago. We have Joe Eyler and Jim Moser to thank for their efforts in getting others involved to make it a very special celebration.

Contestants for king and queen were given entry forms, which requested that entrants dress in clothes of the time period of 1800 to early 1900’s. They were also required to draw four questions from a bowl and tell of their best memories of Thurmont. Those entering included Irene Matthew, Elaine Nunemaker, Rosie Bentz and Roy Bentz.

Judges for the event were former mayor Eileen Waesche; Commissioner Robert Lookingbill; Ross smith, past president of the Thurmont alumni association and Mip Mackley. Helping with the emcee duties were Carrie Wivell of Catoctin High, FFA state president from Thurmont and next year’s Catoctin FFA President Nicole Medve.

The program began with the invocation by Rev. Sims. The Canaries entertained. Guy Pittinger was standing by his 1950 Chevy to drive the king and queen through town. Refreshments were available to all who attended and a good time was had by all.

And now for the big announcement, the king and queen are Roy and Rosie Bentz. When you see them, congratulate them on a job well done. In the coming year, they will represent Thurmont at the Thurmont Community show, Smithsburg and Middletown Heritage Days, the Fireman’s Parade. Brunswick Railroad Days and whatever event they are available to participate in. the King and Queen and her Court were all presented with wonderful gifts which were donated by all our local merchants, to which is extended a great BIG thanks and heartfelt appreciation.

If you missed this wonderful evening, look forward to May 2009; plans are to do it again with many more activities added. Get your costume ready and join the fun.
Something new to look forward to at the Senior Center started this month. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., yoga classes will be held. These Silver Age Chair yoga classes will be lead by certified instructor Margy Smariga of Frederick. It will be a trial run through June and the classes are especially or senior bodies. The cost will be $5 per class. So come out and try it – experience it with Anna.

The general meeting of the center, open to all, will be June 18, at 11:45 a.m. We’re having a Luau!! Cost is $5 per person and you may dress in tropical garb if you wish. Sounds like fun. Come join us.

Also at the center, you can pick up the 2008 Property Tax credit forms HFC60 or the 2008 Maryland Renters Tax Credit form RTC60. The forms are self explanatory or Anna will be glad to assist in any way.

The Thurmont senior commission is actively working up a program where neighbors will be available to help the elderly and disabled with small, everyday chores that get more and more difficult to do. The commission is asking that anyone willing and able to help their neighbor with everyday needs like transportation, grocery shopping, yard work, writing letters, light handyman services, misc. errands, or just to pay a social visit to someone, please call the town office or any of these numbers for more information: (301) 271-2459, (301) 271-7729, (301) 271-2137 or (301) 271-0543. Your help is really needed to make this program a success. We are all willing to help our neighbors – we need to direct that help where it is needed. Please be a volunteer.

You’re welcome to attend the Thurmont Senior Commission meetings which are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Town Office. Hope to sere you there. Let’s make helping our neighbors the natural thing to do.

And how about the couple that goes to a marriage seminar….the instructor is saying how essential it is that husband and wife know each other’s likes and dislikes…he asks the husband, “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?” Husband leans over and touches his wife’s arm gently and whispers, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?”

Sound about right to me! Have a great day – till next time, take care.

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