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Runners squish and splash to the finish at rainy Frederick half marathon

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The thick of the starting pack travel up East Patrick Street at the start of this year’s half marathon Sunday morning. By Samantha Hogan The clang of cowbells usually greets runners at the three-mile marker of the Frederick half-marathon, but with a sudden downpour at the start of the race, the squish of water being pressed between feet and the soles of sneakers was the prevailing sound instead. A total of 3,700 runners crossed the start line of the Frederick Running Festival’s half marathon on Sunday. Runners departed from the Frederick Fairgrounds at 7 a.m. on a 13.1-mile journey past Harry…

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Agriculture Calendar — April 29

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Susan Guynn The 28th annual Maryland Two-Cylinder Club Antique Tractor Show will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gladhill Tractor Mart, U.S. 340 at Mount Zion Road, Frederick. Admission is free. Activities include antique and garden tractors on display and in a pull, kids’ barrel train rides, hay rides, various vendors, food, live music, tractor games and an afternoon tractor parade. All tractors are welcome. This event is held in conjunction with the Mason Dixon Historical Society truck show on Sunday, as well as Gladhill’s open house. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MDTwoCylinderClub. For details on…

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Frederick community partners to hold opioid addiction summit

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By Heather Mongilio The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Health Department and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce will join forces to bring education and awareness about the current opioid epidemic affecting the county and country as a whole. Frederick Stands Together: Conquering the Crisis will bring speakers, Narcan training, and informational tools and resources to the Frederick Fairgrounds on Thursday night. The idea behind the summit on opioid use disorder is to provide more information to county residents, said Jay Hessler, a coordinator for the local addiction authority and one of the night’s speakers. People in the county are…

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FCPS asks for community input over difficult calendar decision

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By Wyatt Massey and Samantha Hogan The Frederick County Board of Education released a survey Wednesday to get public feedback on a decision to cut a traditionally scheduled day off from school for the upcoming school year. One of four days typically given off for students will be reclaimed for the 2019-2020 calendar to allow local schools to be used as polling places for the primary election on April 28, 2020. The community survey runs until March 27 and asks participants to rank three factors in order of importance. The three factors, taken directly from the survey, are: Keeping students in…

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Mid-Maryland Petapalooza Pet Expo Coming Up

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By Loretta Gaines It’s taking place on April 27th at the Frederick Fairgrounds. FREDERICK, MD.  (LG)   An event for animal lovers and anyone thinking about adding an animal to their life is happening at the Frederick Fairgrounds on April 27th. “There are several non profits involved this year, including, Tip Me Frederick, The Friends for Life Cat Rescue, and the Frederick County Humane Society. Our goal is to work together and to bring light to other organizations that are helping animals, and to have a fun day,” said Connie Graf, Director FCHS. “This will be the 3rd event that we’ve…

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RUS Mid-Atlantic Schedule Announced

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Source Officials with RUS Mid-Atlantic are pleased to announce the schedule for the organization’s 2019 Racing Under Saddle season. At the present time, three races and one exhibition are scheduled to be contested, with the possibility of additional races being added. The schedule appears below. Friday, May 3 Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment (A Trotting 4 Charity event) Sunday, May 12 MJC at Rosecroft Sunday, July 14 Ocean Downs Saturday, September 21 The Great Frederick Fair (Exhibition) Conditions for the races will be posted on the RUS Mid-Atlantic website (rus-midatlantic.org). Sponsorship opportunities for the series are available. Sponsorship information may be…

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Racing schedule for RUS Mid-Atlantic

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by: Allan Schott (Upper Marlboro, MD) RUS Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Racing Under Saddle season. At the present time, three races and one exhibition are being contested with the possibility of additional races being added. The schedule is as follows: Friday, May 3 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment (A Trotting 4 Charity event) Sunday, May 12 – MJC at Rosecroft Sunday, July 14 – Ocean Downs Saturday, September 21 – The Great Frederick Fair (Exhibition) Conditions for the races will be posted on the RUS Mid-Atlantic website, www.rus-midatlantic.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the series are…

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Ag society chooses board members

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by Meg Partington FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick County Agricultural Society (FCAS) held its annual life member meeting on Dec. 8 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. The society is made up of 250 life-member certificate holders who own the Frederick Fairgrounds, site of The Great Frederick Fair. During the annual meeting, shareholders elect a board of managers for the following year. The 2019 board consists of John Bare, Charles Cramer, Joseph Devilbiss, Robert Frank, Maurice Gladhill, James Grimes, Colby Hubble, Nancy Hendricks, Nancy Keller, Jacqui Kreh and John Murphy. After the meeting, the new board elected officers. Cramer, of New Market,…

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VOTER VOICES: Frederick Co. residents talk health care, transportation — and guns

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By: Kate Ryan FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. — As Marylanders prepare to head to the polls, weighing in on their choice for governor and a number of other races, WTOP took a trip to Frederick County, Maryland, to find out what issues are top of mind for county residents and local party leaders and how they feel about the candidates vying for their votes. In terms of registered voters, the county is nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, but tends to vote red and has a sizable population of unaffiliated or “independent” voters potentially up for grabs. In 2014, then-candidate…

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