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Photo | Living Grace Lutheran Church Members of Living Grace Lutheran Church cleaned up trash at UHS on Saturday, April 13. Pictured are (back, L to R) Ray Kuntz, Linda Kuntz, Cole Galloway, Connor Metz, Pastor Michael McQuaid, and (front, L to R) John Barnhart, Brian Barnhart, William Barnhart, and Jeanne Ruddock.

Photo | Living Grace Lutheran Church
Members of Living Grace Lutheran Church cleaned up trash at UHS on Saturday, April 13. Pictured are (back, L to R) Ray Kuntz, Linda Kuntz, Cole Galloway, Connor Metz, Pastor Michael McQuaid, and (front, L to R) John Barnhart, Brian Barnhart, William Barnhart, and Jeanne Ruddock.

Living Grace’s Community Service Beautifies UHS

In honor of Earth Day and to beautify Urbana High School before its Blue Ribbon Tour of Excellence visit on Wednesday, April 17, members of Living Grace Lutheran Church cleaned up trash at UHS on Saturday, April 13. Children from Living Grace’s Confirmation class also worked on the community service project earlier that week. UHS was visited by the state superintendent and other dignitaries on April 17 in recognition of its Blue Ribbon School award.

Urbana Volunteers Receive Fire and Rescue Awards

Three Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members—Cheryl Hipkins, Thomas “Frank” Hipkins and Russell “Jake” Lenhart—were honored April 15 by the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (FCVFRA). The FCVFRA’s Annual Volunteer Fire and Rescue Awards, held at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department social hall, recognized the brave, dedicated men and women who have worked diligently putting forth extraordinary efforts and lifetime achievements in support of the volunteer fire and rescue service.

Cheryl Hipkins is the recipient of the Robert L. Renner Departmental Service Award. Cheryl Hipkins handles many of the administrative duties for the company. She works the majority of the fundraising events. She is an active member of many of the committees introducing new and inventive ideas, and she spends many hours at the station checking on and purchasing supplies for maintaining the station and for fundraising functions.

Thomas “Frank” Hipkins was named Firefighter of the Year. Frank Hipkins is consistently one of the top five responders. He has served as a line officer for both fire and EMS. Frank stays current on all protocols and training. He attends in-house training to help the new members learn the basic skills. Frank Hipkins, who is currently the engineer, uses his vast mechanical knowledge to keep the apparatus and the equipment on the trucks and ambulances in good working order.

Russell “Jake” Lenhart received the Heart of a Volunteer Award. Jake Lenhart has been an active member for over 45 years. He has responded to emergencies, helped with the physical construction of the fire station, served in elected office, chaired the Kitchen committee and done just about anything else he was asked to do. In 2018 Lenhart worked his magic in the kitchen, feeding 700 people when he had only planned for 600 at the Breakfast with Santa. He also volunteers at New
Midway Fire Company.

New Vendors at VOU Pools

Popular food truck In10se Bbq will be the new concessions vendor at the Harris Street pool. In10se Bbq will be working with longtime Villages resident Lisa Kennedy Mitchel, who will be the new concessions vendor at the Shafer’s Mill pool.

Urbana CDA Expansion Approved

The Frederick County Council approved expansion of the Urbana Community Development Authority (CDA) by 96.16 acres on April 16. Originally created in 1997, the CDA sets up a special taxing district to generate funds for infrastructure improvements like roads and sewers. Frederick County has issued bonds to the CDA over the years in 1998, 2004 and 2010. Boundaries of the Urbana CDA have also been expanded since its inception in 1997.

The 96.16 acres comprise Natelli’s new 55-plus active adult community across Urbana Pike from Urbana High School and bordering the Urbana Corporate Center and Urban Green.

The addition will not increase payment to the CDA and does not change the term of the current CDA, according to Lori I. Depies, CPA, Frederick County Division of Finance director.

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