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Mary Kane, running mate for gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich, speaks to Urbana area residents at the Urbana Carnival July 23.

Back to School

Frederick County Public Schools students head back to class August 23. Watch for back to school news in the September issue of The Town Courier.

Students in Need of School Supplies

The Urbana Food Pantry is collecting school supplies for 75 students in the Urbana and Linganore feeder schools and is asking for donations before August 16.

Organizer Jo Ostby said the layoffs within Frederick County Public Schools’ Community Agency School Services (CASS) left no one to coordinate the efforts in these areas. “We would like neighborhoods, churches, scout troops and any businesses and others interested to please donate school supplies so we can meet this need,” she said.

More information: Jo Ostby, 240.529.4815.

Frederick Keys Benefit for Dillon Papier

Enjoy a ballgame with friends and family on Saturday, August 14, 6 p.m., at the Frederick Keys Harry Grove Stadium, and join the fight against Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. Spectacular fireworks will follow the game.

By sharing in Dillon’s love of baseball, you will be making a difference, funding critical research to find a cure for this devastating, fatal disease.

Without a treatment, Dillon will lose his ability to walk, talk, eat and recognize his parents. Sadly, within five to 10 years of diagnosis, the disease will rob Dillon of his most precious gift — life.

Reserved seats are $10 (50 percent tax deductible), and additional donations are deeply appreciated.

Mail donations to: NNPDF; Attn: Dillon Papier; 9741 Royal Crest Circle; Frederick, MD; 21704.

Registered Voters Allowed to Vote in Person Before Election

Registered voters in Frederick County will be allowed to vote early before the 2010 primary and general election days, according to the Frederick County Board of Elections. The new voting process resulted from voter approval in 2008 of a constitutional amendment that requires early voting in Maryland starting with the 2010 elections.

The Early Voting Center will be set up in the Frederick County Department of Aging/Senior Center, located at 1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick, Md. The center will be open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day of early voting.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 14, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Prior to that day, the Early Voting Center will be open from September 3 – 9, except for September 5, when the center will be closed. The Early Voting Center will be open on Labor Day, September 6.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Prior to that day, the Early Voting Center will be open from October 22 – 28, except for October 24, when the center will be closed.

The process during early voting is the same as on Election Day. Registered voters who arrive at the Early Voting Center will check in and vote their ballot. Like Election Day, voters will vote on the touchscreen voting system, which allows voters to touch the screen to make, change and review selections and cast a ballot.

The Early Voting Center will not be open for voting on the primary or general election days.

More information: and click on the “Early Voting Video” link.

Area residents turn a sweet deal into a fundraiser for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation July 17 at Wesley Chapel in Urbana. Co-organizer Diane Smith (center in pink shirt) dished up ice cream and other goodies to celebrate and support the children helped by the foundation.

BOCC Address Use of Fire Tax Funds

In a statement the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners said it wants to assure the public that no fire tax funds have been inappropriately expended. All fire tax revenues have been used to provide fire and EMS services to the citizens of the county.

In order to provide a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011, the BOCC needed to reduce the previous fiscal year budget by approximately $35 million, according to the statement.

As part of the budget reductions, all of the fire and rescue companies in Frederick County, as well as all aspects of county government-experienced budget reductions. The reductions to the Walkersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company were approximately $40,000. County fire tax rates remained the same as fiscal year 2010, and no funding was transferred from the fire tax districts to the general fund.

The fire tax, known as the Urban and Suburban Fire Tax Districts, was designed and created to address staffing and response shortages from the all volunteer fire and rescue companies. The fire tax rates are based on the amount of personnel staffing and related firefighting costs. The current rates are $0.128 for the Urban District and $0.080 for the Suburban District.

Fire tax district revenues can be used for all expenditures related to the provision of fire and rescue services under Maryland local law 2-8-6, according to the statement.

New Design Road Closed Between Doubs and Adamstown Roads

The Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management temporarily closed a portion of New Design Road. The road will be closed between Adamstown and Doubs roads until August 20. The road is closed for the installation of a 16-inch waterline as part of the last phase of the division’s Capital Improvements Program project.

A detour is in place, and residents can utilize Adamstown and Mountville roads to bypass the detour, while through-traffic on New Design Road will utilize Adamstown Road, MD 85 (Buckeystown Pike) and Oland Road. In addition, detour notice signs are posted to advise the public.

Tom, Christopher and Katerina Panichas of Ijamsville show off their Bryan Voltaggio bobblehead dolls, the giveaway item at a recent Frederick Keys’ game, honoring the hometown celebrity for all of his hard work promoting local agriculture and the community.

‘Batter’ Up: VOU’s Bryan Voltaggio serves up strikes at a recent Frederick Keys’ game. Voltaggio, better known as executive chef of Volt restaurant and a “Top Chef” runner-up, hosted a concession stand after throwing out the game’s first pitch of the night.

$10,000 Reward Offered In Bicycle Hit-And-Run

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver who struck bicyclist Keith Krombel on May 30, 2009, at 11:37 p.m. on Yellow Springs Road south of Bethel Road.

Krombel was injured and stayed 10 days in Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown before he was released to go home in a wheelchair, according to Mary Krombel. More than a year later, he has still not fully recovered from his injuries, she said.

If you have any information about the hit-and-run, call 877.411.1812 or visit

Voltaggio Throws First Pitch

VOU’s Bryan Voltaggio, owner and executive chef at the now nationally-known Volt restaurant in downtown Frederick, threw out the first pitch at the Frederick Keys’ game on “Volt Night” at Harry Grove Stadium.

Voltaggio and members of his Volt staff hosted a concession stand where throngs of hungry Keys’ fans lined up to taste the “Top Chef” runner-up’s take on peanuts and Cracker Jack. “We wanted to combine ballpark food with what we do best. It is fun to take things people are familiar with and recreate them,” Voltaggio said.

Fans were spotted sampling lamb hot dogs and soft shell crab sandwiches.

“The hot dog is really tasty. I am really proud of it, “ Voltaggio said of his concoction made up of only local ingredients.

A portion of the proceeds went to the Keys’ Care Foundation. Keys’ General Manager Dave Ziedelis said the local celebrity drew approximately 6,000 people on a Tuesday evening, something unheard of for attendance on a weeknight. The first 1,000 fans received a Voltaggio bobblehead doll. The last time a local celebrity bobblehead served as a Keys’ giveaway item was a year ago when Monrovia’s Blaine Young was featured.

By Patsy Beckman


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