(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
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
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
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
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.