Around Town

Rotary Recognizes Members

Members of the Southern Frederick County Rotary Club were recognized at the Southern Frederick Charter Dinner Celebration for their efforts to give back to local and worldwide communities. The event was held on June 3 at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club.

Jennifer Coppit, president of the Southern Frederick County Rotary Club and executive director of the Green Valley Y, received the Rotarian of the Year award. This award is presented to the club Rotarian who made the biggest contribution to the club for their year.

Steve Campen received the Service Above Self Award for “outstanding service in the development of youth to become future Rotarians.” Campen worked with the Urbana High School Interact Club as students learned about ethical business practices and fundraising for charitable purposes.

Steve Fennington received the Community Service Award for working to makes Blessings in a Backpack part of Southern Frederick County. This organization helps to feed more than 60 students in our area every weekend. Fennington and his wife also have participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball and have raised money for the Student Homeless Initiative.

Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve received the Community Leader Award for his commitment to offering positive activities to young people and combating the heroin/opioid crisis. He spearheaded the development of the skate park in Urbana and created Classmates4Life, a student film fest that highlighted the dangers of substance abuse.

The Southern Frederick County Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning, 7:30 a.m. at The Surf House, 8925 Fingerboard Road.

Pump Track Coming to Community Park

The skate park at the Urbana Community Park, 3636 Urbana Pike, opened on July 15, 2017 and has been a popular destination for skateboarders ever since. The park currently features a half-pipe, but by early fall it will also sport a pump track.

This can be used for skateboarding, rollerblading and biking, Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve said. He had noticed that mostly young people were using the half-pipe. “If you put in a pump track, parents can participate, too. There’s not as much risk of falling. It’s a whole family activity,” he said.

The team that brought the half-pipe to Urbana are working to make the pump track a reality. Shreve is working with Villages of Urbana resident and lifetime skater Joe Wallace, Jemco President Jim McKeever, many members of the Southern Frederick County Rotary Club and others.

A September/October opening is anticipated.

Kristen Morrison Wins ‘Best in Show’

Kristen Morrison, owner of Gallery East in Adamstown, was one of five artists to win Best in Show at the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation (FCLF) Barnstormers Tour held on June 9 in Wolfsville and surrounding barns in the county. Morrison won Best in Show for the 2016 Barnstormers Tour as well.

The annual, self-guided tour highlights beautiful old structures and their importance to our area’s agricultural heritage. Plein air artists work at each site.

Morrison’s “Dreamland Farm” was judged by Abigail McBride as part of the event’s Plein Air Paint-Out. “When I paint a barn, I think of everything around me and my mind travels to what may have occurred in or around the area,” Morrison said. “I hope the animals and people had good lives there, but of course my mind wanders, like clouds overhead or the goat who slowly and shyly made his way up to me.” To this end, Morrison said McBride told her, “My rendition of some modest shading to her read movement in the clouds above. Hence my work had life. It wasn’t static.”

In the evening, the works of art created throughout the afternoon at the various barns were offered for sale with a portion going to benefit FCLF. To see more of Morrison’s work, visit

—Marylou Bono

Cornholapalooza Grows in Sixth Year

Urbana Highlands resident Marc Dress started the Cornholapalooza six years ago in his backyard. That year, the cornhole tournament involved 13 teams, “just me and my buddies,” he said.

The next year, it grew to 26 teams—then 48. When it got too big for his backyard, he rented pavilions. Soon he counted 76 teams, and this year he almost reached 100 with 96 teams registered.

“It grew by word of mouth,” he said. “People just come and have a good time.”

This year’s Cornholapalooza was held at the Urbana District Park, an all-you-can-eat-and-drink event with beer and barbecue. Teams received t-shirts, and a team photo.

Most years, Dress said that he’s gone in the red. This year, though, he thinks funds may be left over and plans to donate them to a charity, possibly the Greater Urbana Food Bank.


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