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Photo | Submitted Hyattstown Christian Church, including members (L to R) Debbie Flook, Debbie Blair, Gail Howard and the Rev. Jeff Stinehelfer, organized a fundraiser at Laurienzo Brick Oven Pizzeria on May 8. Funds will support hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Hyattstown Christian Church, including members (L to R) Debbie Flook, Debbie Blair, Gail Howard and the Rev. Jeff Stinehelfer, organized a fundraiser at Laurienzo Brick Oven Pizzeria on May 8. Funds will support hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Hyattstown Christian Church Raises Funds, Plans Mission to Puerto Rico

Hyattstown Christian Church is sponsoring a service project for volunteers to help in the ongoing hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico (PR). Interim pastor, the Rev. Jeff Stinehelfer is organizing the project, working with officials of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and with Ryder Memorial Hospital, the UCC medical mission in Humacao, PR. The “eye” of Hurricane Maria passed directly over this southeast region of the island.

Volunteers will assist recovery of the hospital facility, as well as support local families designated by hospital administrators. This service opportunity is open to all adults and youth, without regard to religious affiliation, skill level, or previous experience in disaster relief. Individuals will largely be responsible for their own expenses. The plan is to depart Nov. 3, work for about a week, and return home on Nov. 10. Stinehelfer has led 20 mission trips in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Haiti and Puerto Rico; work has included recovery from floods, tornados and hurricanes.

To help with the funding for supplies in support of the mission needs, Hyattstown Christian Church held a fundraiser at Laurienzo Brick Oven Pizzeria in Hyattstown on Tuesday, May 8. Laurienzo donated 20 percent of the daily receipts for those that indicated support for the fundraiser. The response was great, and Laurienzo donated $300. Other events at the restaurant included raffling chances for 12 items as well as a 50-50 raffle. In addition to Laurienzo, businesses and organizations that donated items and/or money include Wegmans, Sarge Athletics in Ijamsville, Holy Family Anglican Church in Hyattstown, and Hyattstown Christian Church. Money raised from donated items totaled $836.99, bringing the total raised to $1136.99.

A second fundraiser is being organized for September. Those interested in participating in the trip and/or fundraiser are invited to contact Stinehelfer for more details at 240.988.5996, or

Food Bank Needs Summer Donations

Families with children who receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year need extra help during the summer. The Urbana Food Bank works with 150 of these families. Please help by donating during the summer months. Donations needed include easy items for breakfasts and lunches, as well as juice boxes, fresh fruit and snacks.

Drop-offs are taken during daytime hours only. Please text or call Jo Ostby, 240.529.4815, when you are coming to make a donation.

Use “4310 Reels Mill Road, Frederick” in your GPS but the Urbana Food Bank is behind this property. Look for a black mailbox with “OSTBY” underneath and an American flag on the hill by the mailbox.
Please “Like” the Urbana Food Bank Facebook page to see urgent requests.

Ball Road Now Open

Ball Road over Peter Pan Run re-opened on May 9. The road had been closed since Nov. 29, 2017, for the construction of a new two-cell precast box culvert structure over Peter Pan Run.

Field of Honor, Memorial Day Events at St. Ignatius

More than 600 full-size flags will honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church this Memorial Day weekend. Visit the Field of Honor throughout the weekend, or plan to attend any of a number of patriotic events.

  • A ceremony on Saturday, 10 a.m., posts the flags of honor.
  • Sunday evening, 7 to 9 p.m., offers a patriotic concert with the Browningsville band.
  • Monday at 10:30 a.m. brings a full Memorial Day ceremony.

St. Ignatius is located at 4103 Prices Distillery Road. For more information, please visit

FCPL’s Summer Challenge Begins

Frederick County Public Libraries’ annual Summer Challenge began May 15 and will feature events and programs to encourage participants of all ages to read and explore their community. “I am so excited about the start of the Summer Challenge!” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “The Summer Reading Program will inspire reading and learning all summer through exciting and engaging activities at the library and throughout the community.”

As part of the Summer Challenge, FCPL will host a summer-long free concert series, featuring live music at libraries across the county. The series, called “Radio Frederick,” will also feature a July 21 concert by award-winning musician Laurie Berkner.

The Summer Challenge was originally designed for school-aged children, but participants now include teens and adults. Prizes are available for all ages.

By encouraging children to participate, parents and caregivers can help avoid the “summer slide” when students tend to lose some of the academic achievements they gained during the school year. Activities for children include animal programs with Catoctin Creek and Fountain Rock Nature Centers, magicians, visits from Keyote and a Frederick Keys player, author events and more.

Programs for teens include Equestrian Club, Teen Cuisine, Life-Sized games and more. Programs for adults include the ever-popular Freedom Reads series in partnership with Flying Dog, author events, trivia nights and more.

Community sponsors of the Summer Challenge include 106.9 the Eagle, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Key 103, Pump It Up, Rita’s Italian Ice, River & Trail Outfitters, Shadowland Laser Adventures, The Frederick Keys, The Frederick News-Post, The Friends of the Frederick County Public Libraries, The Little Gym of Frederick and Walkersville Southern Railroad. For more information, visit

Fish License-Free

Do you like to fish? License-free fishing days are June 2, June 9 and July 4. The Urbana Fishing Lake is stocked with trout and located off of Dixon Road.

New Commercial Development on Horizon

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on June 13, 9:30 a.m. for a proposed three-lot commercial subdivision in Monrovia. The 11-acre “Tuscan Acres” is located at the corner of Fingerboard Road and Green Valley Road, across the street from Wilcom’s Inn and the former 75-80 Dragway.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Planned

The Department of Solid Waste Management hosts its free spring drop-off for household hazardous materials on June 9, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Public Safety Training Faciliyt, 8349 Reichs Ford Road. Accepted items include rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, pesticides, cleaning products, flares, rodent bait, stains & sealants, etc. For a complete list, visit


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