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Catoctin’s Fields takes on all duties

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Do-it-all-junior contributes in every phase for 6-0 Cougars By Greg Swatek THURMONT — His voice echoing off the walls of an empty hallway at Catoctin High School, Travis Fields spent close to 10 minutes answering questions about himself and his unbeaten football team. Fields, a junior do-it-all player for the Cougars, was matter-of-fact throughout the session. Swaying slightly from side to side, arms tucked behind his back, he calmly and personably handled every query. His body language or tone of voice never gave away that, at 6-0, the Cougars are off to their best start in nearly a decade or…

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20-50-100 Years Ago — Oct. 12

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By Susan Guynn 100 Years Ago Oct. 12, 1918 At a joint meeting of the Washington county board of health and the directors of the Hagerstown fair yesterday afternoon it was decided to call off the annual Hagerstown fair, which was to have been held next week. This move was deemed advisable on account of the epidemic of flu which is being felt in Washington county practically to the same extent as this county. The managers of the Frederick fair will hold a meeting this afternoon at 2 o’clock and it is understood that this same question will be take…

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20-50-100 Years Ago — Oct. 12

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By Susan Guynn 100 Years Ago Oct. 12, 1918 At a joint meeting of the Washington county board of health and the directors of the Hagerstown fair yesterday afternoon it was decided to call off the annual Hagerstown fair, which was to have been held next week. This move was deemed advisable on account of the epidemic of flu which is being felt in Washington county practically to the same extent as this county. The managers of the Frederick fair will hold a meeting this afternoon at 2 o’clock and it is understood that this same question will be take…

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Health fair to be held Oct. 27

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By Heather Mongilio On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Frederick Fairgrounds will be a one-stop shop for all things health with the return of the annual Frederick Community Health Fair, hosted by the Asian American Center of Frederick. Free flu shots, medical screenings and mental health evaluations will be offered as part of the health fair, as well as one-on-one sessions with doctors in gastroenterology, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, allergy, pulmonary, endocrinology, gynecology, oncology, and ear, nose and throat. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Frederick Uncut: Women in the workplace

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By Emma Kerr Over the past few weeks, the nation has turned its attention back to Anita Hill, revisiting her 1991 testimony in which Hill said she was sexually harassed by her then-supervisor and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, both at work and outside the office. Young women have unique experiences in the early stages of their careers, with some experiencing sex discrimination and others finding mentors and support through other women and colleagues. Today, two prominent, young Frederick women — Frederick County Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Leatherman and Karen Crum Nicklas, executive assistant at The Great Frederick Fair…

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Bratwurst and beer! Oktoberfest returns to Frederick Fairgrounds

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By CJ Fairfield The sweet smell of German roasted nuts and folk music filled the air as the community came out to enjoy Frederick’s annual Oktoberfest at the Frederick Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s activities catered to not only those who favor a German stein, but families as well. A kid’s zone was available and included a bounce house, along with arts and crafts and a heritage tent was even available for those interested in tracing back their German lineage. Vendors of all sorts were also at the event to sell merchandise to festival goers. But of course, most people…

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‘Spitfire’ Kaisy Knott left behind a strong legacy

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by: Heather Mongilio Kaisy Knott loved The Great Frederick Fair. The 13-year-old had been showing and judging livestock since she was 6 years old. Just a few weeks ago, she was in Minnesota competing. But this year, it was Kaisy’s sister Aubry who showed the hog and steer her younger sister had raised. Kaisy died on Sept. 10 after a 21-month battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer with nearly a zero percent survival rate, a week shy of the fair she loved so much. “She was a spitfire,” her mother Melany Knott said….

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Larry Hogan shuns Donald Trump. But Trump-loving Marylanders love Hogan anyway.

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By Robert McCartney SALISBURY, Md. — Waiting in a large crowd at an outdoor arena for Gov. Larry Hogan to open a folk music festival, Christopher Welch listed his reasons for supporting the Republican chief executive. “Hogan is opening the state back up for business. He’s been very good to state employees, which I am now. And he’s taking care of places outside the [Baltimore-Washington] metro corridor,” said Welch, a state trooper and candidate for clerk of the court here in rural Wicomico County. Welch, a Republican who also supports President Trump, said Hogan’s repeated refusal to embrace the man…

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20-50-100 Years Ago — Sept. 28

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Susan Guynn 100 Years Ago Sept. 28, 1918 The fuel committee for Frederick county met the coal dealers of Frederick city in conference last night at the office of Chairman O.C. Warehime at which time the hard coal situation was discussed in all its phases both as it affects the State and county. The conference was held primarily to enable the fuel committee to submit and discuss plans which the fuel administration is compelled to adopt so that householders without coal may be able to obtain enough to keep the fires going when cold weather is here. Mrs. Edith Lowe…

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Busy Day at the Frederick Fair Pays Off for 4-H’ers

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by: Rick Hemphill FREDERICK, Md. — On Sept. 19, the Frederick Fair had over 20,000 events, many occurring simultaneously, involving hundreds of animals and exhibitors watched by thousands of visitors. Beef judge Tim Fitzgerald of West Grove, Pennsylvania, picked Jason Baust’s crossbred steer as grand champion market steer in the beef ring, and selected Ella Jacobs’ Hereford as the reserve grand champion. “We judge a beef animal as a combination,” said Fitzgerald. “First of all, we start with the feet and legs — how they move, how they stand. You look at body type, mass of body, depth of body,…

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