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Buddies walk for Down Syndrome awareness, fundraising

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By Cameron Dodd More than a hundred Frederick area residents marched around the fairgrounds Saturday to increase awareness about Down Syndrome and raise funds to support people with the chromosomal condition. The Family Resource Information Education Network for Down Syndrome, or FRIENDS, hosted its 17th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday. The fundraiser supports FRIENDS’ educational programs, scholarships, grants and outreach programs, while connecting families to information and services. “The Buddy Walk helps us raise awareness and acceptance for people with Down Syndrome,” FRIENDS board member and mother of a son with Down Syndrome, Lauri Edwards, said. “I really want the…

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Buddies walk for Down Syndrome awareness, fundraising

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By Cameron Todd More than a hundred Frederick area residents marched around the fairgrounds Saturday to increase awareness about Down Syndrome and raise funds to support people with the chromosomal condition. The Family Resource Information Education Network for Down Syndrome, or FRIENDS, hosted its 17th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday. The fundraiser supports FRIENDS’ educational programs, scholarships, grants and outreach programs, while connecting families to information and services. “The Buddy Walk helps us raise awareness and acceptance for people with Down Syndrome,” FRIENDS board member and mother of a son with Down Syndrome, Lauri Edwards, said. “I really want the…

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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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School Notes: New bill would let school boards decide school start, end dates

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By Emma Kerr More than two years after Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order requiring Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day, a new bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) would leave the calendar decision up to county school boards. A second bill, sponsored by Sen. Nancy King (D-Montgomery), clarifies that a county school board may extend the length of the school year for any reason up to five days beyond June 15 without approval from the state board or any entity. Hogan’s 2016 order was met with a range of community responses in Frederick County,…

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Saltwater fishing expo brings out large crowd ahead of fishing season

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Mason Beach, 7, and his father Chris examine saltwater fishing rods at the 10th annual saltwater fishing expo Saturday at the Frederick Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Frederick Saltwater Anglers. By: CJ Fairfield Hundreds of anglers took to the Frederick Fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the 10th annual Saltwater Fishing Expo. The expo was perfect for the avid fisherman or anyone interested in learning more about the sport. Popular vendors sold bait and tackle, fishing-related art, crabbing supplies, sunglasses and t-shirts, fishing gear and boat accessories. There were also fishing seminars at the expo and boats on display…

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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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