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Photos | Alice Ramos Extreme cold didn’t discourage the Davis family on Byron Circle—in fact, they embraced it! Father and son Quentin and Nathan Davis and family friend Mathew Shannon built an igloo with help from the Davis family’s other children, Ashlin and Ryan. They got ice from a local lake, cut blocks with a chainsaw and lifted each one with a snow shovel. Individual bricks weigh approximately 70 pounds, and it took 105 bricks to build the igloo.

Photos | Alice Ramos
Extreme cold didn’t discourage the Davis family on Byron Circle—in fact, they embraced it! Father and son Quentin and Nathan Davis and family friend Mathew Shannon built an igloo with help from the Davis family’s other children, Ashlin and Ryan. They got ice from a local lake, cut blocks with a chainsaw and lifted each one with a snow shovel. Individual bricks weigh approximately 70 pounds, and it took 105 bricks to build the igloo.

Learn About the Draft Livable Frederick Master Plan

Residents are invited to attend an open house to learn about and discuss the draft Livable Frederick Master Plan on Feb. 14, 7 p.m. in the Urbana High School cafeteria. The Livable Frederick Master Plan serves as a core, vision-based, policy-focused document, with a collection of other interrelated plans (such as community and corridor plans, functional plans, and large area plans) that all stem from and support this central core document.

At a worksession of the Frederick County Planning Commission (FCPC) on Jan. 3, the commission voted to release the plan for the 60-day review and comment period. The plan is available at www.livablefrederick.org, and comments may be submitted by anyone through writing, by email, or through the Livable Frederick Forum. A Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 5 where comments can be provided to the Planning Commission in person.

Red Light, Green Light

The traffic signal at John Simmons and Worthington is on! This was fully activated on Monday, Jan. 22. Motorists may be surprised by the new signalized intersection, so please use caution at this intersection.

Going Green

Urbana High School is composting organics collected in the school cafeteria. The school has partnered with Key City Compost, and organic compost is being picked up weekly. Students have been sorting their lunch waste. The school’s goal is to divert at least 50 percent of its waste away from the landfill.

Book It to FURL

The Friends of the Urbana Library (FURL) will hold its annual meeting on Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the library. A financial report will be presented and activities for the past and upcoming year will be described. FURL fundraising activities provide the basis for support of numerous projects at the library that would not otherwise be possible. An opportunity will be provided for questions and suggestions from community members.

Rogue Recyclables

When the wind blows, so do recyclables. According to the Department of Solid Waste Management, there are a few things that you can do to secure your recycling cart:

  • Use marking or painters tape to hold the lid closed;
  • Place a brick or rock on top; and
  • Be careful not to overfill the cart, and make sure that the lid is closed completely.

If you need a larger recycling cart or a replacement one, visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/carts and make the request online.

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