Monday, November 16, 2015

Frederick Art Scene - Marilyn and Guy Henry

If you get a chance, stop in and see Frederick Artists Guy Henry and Marilyn Henry's paintings at McGuire Fine Arts Gallery and Framing at 29 E Patrick Street in downtown Frederick.  Their styles are very different but equally delightful to view.  Guy and Marilyn met in college and painted and exhibited throughout their marriage, but have rarely exhibited together. Marilyn taught art for over 35 years. Most recently she taught Drawing at Hood College but retired to spend more time in her studio. Guy and Marilyn taught drawing and watercolor classes and workshops together in Maryland and Delaware.  They moved to Frederick on Halloween 20 years ago and love it here. Guy enjoys painting the surrounding countryside. Here are a few samples:*

Watching, oil by Guy Henry

A Glance, oil by Guy Henry

Bags and Ribbon, watercolor by Marilyn Henry
Thank Heaven, oil by Marilyn Henry
Dress Rehearsal, watercolor by Marilyn Henry

Hardings' Market, oil by Guy Henry

*Photos supplied by David McGuire with permission by Marilyn Henry.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Talk About Frederick November 2015 Newsletter

Upcoming Events Downtown Frederick Nov-Dec 2015
For more details about the upcoming events go to the websites for the Downtown Frederick Partnership, Celebrate Frederick, or the Tourism calendar.
  • First Saturday Holiday Open House November 7 and  December 5,  3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick starts Nov 6, 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM 124 N. Market St
  • Veteran’s Day Concert Nov 7 7:30 PM, 24 E Church St Museum of Frederick County History
  • City Club Social Series Downtown Do Si Do  Nov 8 3 PM – 5:30 PM.   The Temple 22 W Church St
  • US Air Force Concert Band Nov 10 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM  Weinberg Center  FREE
  •  Frosty Friday Nov 27 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Downtown 
  • Weinberg Winterfest Nov 28 4:00 PM
  • Holiday Art Competition Dec 2  5:30 – 7:00 PM
  • Candlelight House Tour Dec 5 5:00 – 9:00 PM,  Dec 6 Noon – 4:00 PM Tickets required
  • Kris Kringle Procession Dec 11 6:30 PM Downtown
  • Museums By Candlelight Dec 12 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Start at the Frederick Visitor Center 151 S East St

Frederick ZIP code 21701 for downtown and surrounding areas showed a 17% increase in the total September 2015 homes sold over 2014 sales but a 4% drop in the average sales price.

Recipe and photo from

Roasted Sweet Potato Quiche
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  • 3 cups (1/2-inch cubed ) sweet potatoes, about 2 medium peeled
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 TBLsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp seasoned pepper
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 cups (8oz.) shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1½ cups half-and-half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 TBLsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425º. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes, onion, olive oil, seasoned pepper and ¼ tsp salt.
  2. Spread in a single layer on a lightly pan.  
  3. Bake 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir halfway through. They will soften when the quiche is baking.
  4. Let sweet potatoes cool to room temperature.
  5. Remove pie crust from refrigerator and let sit on the counter for 5 minutes.
  6. Unroll the piecrust and fit into a pie plate. Trim excess pie crust from edges or fold excess and tuck it under. If tart pan has fluted edges, press the pie crust into the edges.
  7. Line piecrust with a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil. You can place pie weights or dried beans on top, but I found that a double thickness of heavy duty foil will keep the pie crust from puffing up while baking.
  8. Place on baking sheet & bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 more minutes. Cool crust 5-10 minutes. 
  9. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. 
  10. Add crumbled bacon to sweet potatoes and onions and place half of this mixture on top of piecrust. Top with half of cheese. Repeat layers.
  11. Whisk together half-and-half, eggs, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper and pour into piecrust.
  12. Bake in lower part of oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.
  13. Cool for 15 minutes before slicing;

Get Your Garden Ready for Winter
Getting your garden ready for winter mostly means cleaning up. Pull the dead annuals from the garden, trim back rose bushes and shrubs. Trim perennials where needed. It’s also a good time to repair fences, structures and outdoor furniture.  Remove old mulch from around roses that may harbor insect eggs or spores from fallen leaves and apply new mulch to protect the stems and roots.

Keep the Spirit of Thanksgiving Alive Year-Round
The month of November evokes notions of gratefulness and abundance. Gratitude can be a way of life that can boost your immune system, contribute to overall happiness, and improve your personal and professional relationships.  Some tips include
  • Write a few things for which you are thankful daily. Be specific, and focus on the ordinary, everyday life.
  • Reflect on obstacles you have overcome and difficult times through which you have persevered, taking the opportunity to appreciate how your life has since improved. Let go of past hurts that still haunt you, you will free yourself to welcome future happiness.
  • Live in the moment, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Savor ordinary experiences and try to view them as opportunities for growth.
  • Most people are adept at displaying to the world their best aspects while concealing the negative. By comparing the negative aspects of your life to the positive aspects of others' lives, you are allowing a skewed perception of reality to harm your happiness and sense of self-worth.
Selling Your Home During the Holidays
Contrary to popular belief, sellers in the real estate market during the holiday season may enjoy several advantages. With so many realtors and homeowners clinging to the assumption that it is not worthwhile to list until January, buyers will have a smaller selection of properties from which to choose. Less competition increases the likelihood that a particular home on the market will garner an offer.

When more properties flood the market after New Year, this advantage will disappear. Furthermore, buyers who are taking time off from their holiday activities to search for a home are more likely to be serious about moving as soon as possible. Therefore, while homes on the market during the holidays will attract fewer potential buyers, the showings that they have may be more likely to yield an offer. Here are some tips to help you secure a sale without sacrificing the festive spirit.

·     Decorations should accent – but not overwhelm – your property  excessive decorations are distracting.

·     Remember that your home is the centerpiece, so any decorations should merely complement the property rather than dominate buyers’ focus.

·     Keep the interior charming and bright

·     Consider placing a few flameless candles around your home for a cozy look.

·     Bake cookies in advance of a showing so that an inviting aroma lingers.

·     Showcase how your home looks in other seasons. Provide photos from all seasons in your listing materials or in a photo album or slideshow that you have available when buyers come to view the property.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Recent Rains and Flooding in Frederick MD

October brought a rainstorm that cause flooding in some sections of downtown Frederick, water in basements, etc.  The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) 11 invited  Zack Kershner, the Director of Public Works for the City of Frederick, to speak to residents about the recent massive rainstorms and the damage caused by them. Some residents were concerned that the city's storm sewers could not handle the water which left some streets flooded.  Mr. Kershner described the level of water that the system is design to handle. He followed up by email with a summary that I could publish, shown below.
"City staff have spoken with many residents regarding the flooding that occurred City-wide in early October.  To give some idea of the amount of rain that we received and the intensity with which we received it, we had about 5 inches fall in just over an hour.  A 10-year storm for comparison purposes is approximately 5-inches total over a 24 hour period.  Storm drain infrastructure is generally designed to handle the 10-year storm.  This is a City standard, but is also standard across most jurisdictions including the State highway Administration (culverts are generally designed for larger storms as the impact of the flooding could be more detrimental/life threatening).  

To give a better picture of what we experienced, the volume of water that fell per acre of land during that storm was about 20,000 cubic feet or about 130,000 gallons per acre.  Our infrastructure simply is not designed to handle that kind of flow.  We also had complaints of flooding across the City, versus localized complaints, again signifying that the issue was not blocked or failing storm drain, but a storm with an intensity beyond what our infrastructure was designed handle.  We do conduct pre and post storm event inspections to ensure that there are no blockages at the inlets.  

Generally any debris that can get past an inlet grate is easily washed down the storm drain.  There are no plans currently to increase the storm drain infrastructure throughout the entire City, the cost of such an undertaking would be extremely cost prohibitive and could not be supported by taxes or fee's.  Frederick County puts out alerts for severe weather, and the City re-posts them to our website.  You can subscribe for their alerts at  

An indication of a blocked storm drain would be if the water ponding around an inlet did not recede within the hour after the storm event.  If for instance, a resident noticed that water had receded around other inlets in the vicinity of their home, but one inlet in particular sat flooded, then that would be an indicator that there may be a blockage.  If this was the case, the resident should call our DPW switchboard at 301-600-1440 and file a report." 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

eNews from the City of Frederick November 2015: Free Downtown Parking, Leaf Collection, Weinberg Schedule, and more!

Greetings. Here is the November 2015 eNews from the City of Frederick. This newsletter is packed full of useful information!   It is re-posted here by permission. If you have any questions or suggestions, direct them to Susan Harding, the city's Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow. See the e-Newsletter archives for other issues.  ~ Darcy Richards

  1. Talk to the Mayor Tuesday - November 24th from 2-6 pm
  2. Westside Regional Park Feasibility Study Community Meeting November 10th at 7:00 p.m.
  3. Celebrate Your Holiday in Frederick
  4. City Offers FREE Downtown Holiday Parking
  5. Frederick Community Action Agency Helping People - Changing Lives
  6. 2015 Annual Leaf Collection Campaign - Continuing Through December 18
  7. The Frederick Police Department
  8. Weinberg Center for the Arts - November Lineup
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Snow Ready
Talk to the Mayor Tuesday
Westside Regional Park Study
Holiday Activities in Frederick
City Offers FREE Holiday Parking
FCAA Free Workshop/ Donations
Annual Leaf Collection
Frederick Police Department News
Weinberg Center Season
I Want to Take My Life Back
Federal Employees Health Benefit Forums
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Job Opportunities
Veterans' Day & Thanksgiving Holiday 

City Government Offices will be closed Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day

Clarification of City Schedules


City Government Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Carroll Creek Linear Park Update
To follow the progress on Carroll Creek, visit the DED blog.

Stay tuned for exciting news about the opening of the more fountains and sections on Carroll Creek!

Share your favorite photos of Carroll Creek on Instagram at   
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Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2015 season

Upcoming Events 

First Saturday 
November 7th
3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 November 27th
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Small Business Saturday
November 28th
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Need the perfect gift or stocking stuffer? 
Purchase a  
Downtown Frederick Gift Card   
 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.

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Connect with The City
November 2015

Are You Snow Ready?
City Information on Snow Preparedness

For the convenience of residents and business owners, the following links provide information on snow preparedness in The City of Frederick. 

Who Decides When the Snow Emergency Plan is Declared?

Snow Emergency Routes in the City

Snow Removal Maps

Snow Removal - Tips & Reminders
Frequently Asked Questions  Scroll to "Snow Removal" 

Talk to the Mayor Tuesday  
November 24th from 2-6 pm

Mayor McClement sets aside time each month to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The November Talk to the Mayor will be held on the 4th Tuesday, November 24th from 2-6 PM.
The Mayor's office is located in City Hall at 101 North Court St.  No appointment is necessary and citizens meet with the Mayor on a first come, first serve basis.  For details, contact Nikki Bamonti: 301-600-3835 or

Westside Regional Park Feasibility Study Community Meeting
November 10th at 7:00 p.m.

The first Community Meeting for the Westside Regional Park Feasibility Study is planned for Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Municipal Annex Building, Conference Room C, located at 140 West Patrick Street.

Citizens can email public comment to or mail to Kristi Winterstein, 121 North Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701, RE: Westside Regional Park through December 10th.
An on-line questionnaire will be made available immediately following the Community Meeting at or as a hard copy at the William Talley Recreation Center, 121 North Bentz Street.   

For more information call 301-600-1492

Celebrate Your Holiday in Frederick

Holiday white lights on Market Street Celebrate the Holidays in The City of Frederick.

Holiday Art Competition-December 2nd Delaplaine Visual Arts Center
Scents and Sweets Competition - December 3rd - William  Talley Recreation Center

Kris Kringle Parade - December 11th - Downtown Frederick

Festival of Lights  -December 18th - City Hall Park in front of City Hall

Candlelight House Tour -Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th. To purchase tickets online or to view sales locations, click here.

Holiday Weekend Carriage Rides
- December 5th  - December 27th

Cinderella Carriage Holiday Weekend Rides

December 18th  & 19th

Cookies and Carriage Holiday Light Tour
- December 17th

For carriage ride information and to register, call 301-600-1492.    

City Offers FREE Downtown Holiday Parking

The City of Frederick Parking Department will once again offer FREE Parking during the holiday season.  Metered parking and parking garages will be free on the following days and times.
  • Thanksgiving Day - November 26th
  • Frosty Friday - November 27th
  • EVERY weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day beginning Saturdays at 8:00 AM through Mondays at 6:00 AM.
*All other days and times, normal parking rates will apply.
Questions? Call 301-600-1429

Frederick Community Action Agency
Helping People - Changing Lives

Forum on Ending Homelessness in Frederick County 

Thursday, November 5th, 7:00 -9:00 PM - Whitaker Center
For more information, call Ken Allread at 301-662-2003.

Pre-Forum Workshop
6:00 - 6:45 PM - Hood College, Whitaker Campus Center - Room 220.  To register, email Mike Spurrier, Director of FCAA at

For more information, call 301-600-3955
*Hosted by Hood College & the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless.

Donations Accepted
The Frederick Community Action Agency provides food, shelter, medical care, housing, and other forms of assistance to families and individuals that are low-income or homeless.

If you would like to make a contribution, please visit donation  to view the wide rang of acceptable items.
For more information contact Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator, at (301) 600-6263, or email

2015 Annual Leaf Collection Campaign
Continuing Through December 18

The Annual Leaf Collection Campaign will continue through Friday, December 18th.  For more information go to Leaf Collection Campaign. *Please remember to keep storms drains clear of leaves.For more information, call DPW at 301-600-1440.

The Frederick Police Department
It is the mission of the Frederick Police Department to safeguard lives and property, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime with impartiality and integrity, and to enhance public safety while partnering with our community to improve quality of life.

Maryland Child Passenger Safety Seat Law
According to Maryland Kids in Safety Seats, "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and death among children in the United States." In Maryland, there is an average of 8 children under the age of 16 killed and 3,200 seriously injured every year. For guidelines on child passenger seats, visit Safety Seat Law. Follow these holiday shopping safety tips to minimize your risk of becoming a holiday shopping victim.
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips.

Frederick Police Department Launch Crime & Citizen Contact Survey
Please take a few minutes to answer questions on the Community Satisfaction Survey. The survey closes November 15th. For more information, contact Lt. Clark Pennington at

The NAC is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending changes to improve your neighborhood.  Each NAC meets to discuss issues, concerns, and neighborhood projects.  To find out which NAC you belong to visit Find Your NAC.  NAC meeting schedules can be found here.
For more information, contact Michele Bowman at 301-600-2109 or
Wearing the Pink!
The men and women of the Frederick Police Department celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October. 
FPD will also be participating in "No Shave November" a fund raiser that will benefit the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.

Weinberg Center for the Arts
November Lineup

A Sampling of the November Lineup

11/6 - Burlesque to Broadway
11/7 - WFRE Anniversary Concert
11/8 - The WInd - Silent Film
11/10 - U. S. Air Force Concert Band
11/13 - Mike Farns & The Roseland Rhythm Review
11/19 - Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin
11/21 - Quinn Sullivan
11/25 - Peppa Pig LIVE
11/28 - Tuba Christmas

For more information on these shows and more lined up in November, visit
Three easy ways to buy tickets! 
Phone - 301-600-2828
Online -