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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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Frederick County farmers win excellence award for 2018

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Frederick County Farm Bureau President Robert Ramsburg holds the Silver Bowl award presented to the chapter for having the best overall program in 2018. By Samantha Hogan Frederick County set the bar for excellence in 2018 and took home the Silver Bowl award from the Maryland Farm Bureau annual convention. Each year, the state farm bureau recognizes two counties for maintaining the best overall program. The counties are judged on six program areas: communications, government relations, county board organization, promotion and agricultural education, membership and leadership development. “We felt we were very active and accomplished a lot in agriculture” this…

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Frederick County Bank Names Bill Talley President & CEO

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President & CEO Marty Lapera Retiring November 27, 2018 09:17 AM Eastern Standard Time FREDERICK, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frederick County Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCPink Marketplace: FCBI), the parent company for Frederick County Bank (“FCB”), announces that it has elevated longtime Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Bill Talley to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Talley replaces Marty Lapera who will retire effective March 31, 2019 to spend more time with family, traveling, and being an even bigger advocate for the Frederick community. Talley, 63, was born and raised in Frederick. He became Frederick County Bank’s…

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20-50-100 Years Ago — Oct. 31

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By Susan Guynn 100 Years Ago Oct. 31, 1918 Schools of Frederick county closed October 9, because of the Spanish influenza outbreak, will not be opened on Monday of next week but the following Monday, November 11. This announcement was made yesterday by Superintendent G. Lloyd Palmer after a conference with the Board of Education. The rabbit hunting season in Frederick county will open on November 10 and not on November 1 as many people have supposed. Inasmuch as the tenth falls on Sunday and it is unlawful to hunt on the Sabbath, the first day of the season will…

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Health fair continues to grow in 11th year

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By CJ Fairfield With more than 70 health service providers participating in the Frederick Community Health Fair, the crowds continue to grow. The 11th annual health fair was held Saturday at the Frederick Fairgrounds and was organized by the Asian American Center of Frederick [AACF]. In partnership with Frederick Memorial Hospital, individuals get free services and screenings that range from bone density, blood pressure and glucose screenings as well as oral health education, fitness challenges, mental health evaluations and more. A new service this year was prevention and education about opioid addiction Each year, the fair has more than 300…

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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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20-50-100 Years Ago

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by Susan Guynn 100 Years Ago Oct. 18, 1918 Forest fires on the Blue Ridge Mountains are responsible, so the Maryland Weather Man says, for the warmth hereabouts. The smoke from these fires, gradually drifting eastward, has permeated the lower air strata and kept the level customary at this season. It is responsible also for that odor of burning wood which so many people have noticed. War trophies, including a heavy howitzer and several smaller field pieces captured from the Germans on the battlefront in France, were exhibited before a large crowd in cars at the Baltimore and Ohio freight…

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Great Fun At The Frederick Fair

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 By Jeffry Socha Another year has wrapped up at The Great Frederick Fair and the weather held out for a beautiful first day of fall on Saturday but a rainy Sunday to close out the festival. The crowd was light as I arrived in the early afternoon Saturday but quickly filled up as everyone came out for their last chance to fill up on Hemps Beef and Ham, MD Crab Cakes, Root Beer Floats and Local Craft Beer and Wines. Before heading out for some fun on the rides we stopped at the beer garden, a new addition this year…

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