The Middletown Valley Citizen

The Middletown Valley Citizen Your local newspaper, covering Middletown, Myersville, Wolfsville, and Braddock Heights since 1990 and South Washington County (the Boonsboro, Keedysville, and Rohrersville area) since 1996.
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Myersville-Wolfsville Area Historical Society
12/06/2017
Myersville-Wolfsville Area Historical Society

Myersville-Wolfsville Area Historical Society

Check out the Myersville-Wolfsville Area Historical Society website at: https://myersville-wolfsville.weebly.com. There are a lot of photos and interesting articles.
Under the Myersville Wolfsville History tab there are stories about: area Soldiers in the Civil War– the Story of Jacob Josiah Moser by Fonda Gormer; National Register of Historic Places– the Peter Grossnickle Farm, by Nancy Bruce; Circuit Riders–traveling ministers in the Myersville Wolfsville Area; and Maryland Historical Trust– a list of sites located in the Myersville Wolfsville area, by Nancy Bruce.
Under the genealogy tab there are vignettes on Johann Tobias Horine; the Blickenstaff family cemetery; the Mystery of the Shank Chest; the Maugens Family Cemetery; and William Browne.
Under the More tab there is a section on the Historic Country Church Tour with pictures of many of the churches on the tour.
There is much more on the M-WAHS webpage. Check it out and don’t forget the Tour of Historic Churches coming up on Saturday, December 16 from 1pm to 5pm. Maps are available at the Myersville Town Hall, 301 Main Street in Myersville where there will be free refreshments, a slide show and historical displays.

Tawn O'Connor speaks with Exhibit Planner David Guiney in front of one of the interpretive panels at the Heritage Galler...
09/19/2017

Tawn O'Connor speaks with Exhibit Planner David Guiney in front of one of the interpretive panels at the Heritage Gallery in Middletown. O'Connor said she was impressed with how this panel was "sited to the view." An observer will notice that the graphic in the panel matches the view that can be seen in the background through the window onto Main Street. Guinney said the impages on display in the gallery are connected through the windows.""

Josh Strite checks on the water buffalo that he raises on his Middletown Farm off Old Middletown Road. Strite of JT&R Ex...
09/19/2017

Josh Strite checks on the water buffalo that he raises on his Middletown Farm off Old Middletown Road. Strite of JT&R Exotic Meats sells his products at the Middletown Farmers Market. Read the whole story in the Middletown Valley Citizen on sale at Exxon, LDS, Safeway and BP in Middletown, beginning Wednesday July 20.

The Burkittsville Ruritan sponsored a hunter's safety class last week. pictured here, three students and three instructo...
09/08/2017

The Burkittsville Ruritan sponsored a hunter's safety class last week. pictured here, three students and three instructors are all smiles after successfully completing the field trial. From left are Petey DeGrange, Kim McTigue, Steve Bobby, Grant Wenner, Nathan Gray and Ali McTigue. Read about full story and see more pictures in the Middletown Valley Citizen now on the newsstands. Available at Safeway, Exxon, BP, LDS, the Main Cup in Middletown. Photo by Judy Zeck.

The Boonsboro Library's Summer Reading Program wrap-up party included a build your own ice cream sundae. Here Greg Seymo...
09/08/2017

The Boonsboro Library's Summer Reading Program wrap-up party included a build your own ice cream sundae. Here Greg Seymour is helping his son Caleb make the perfect sundae. Read about the Boonsboro Library Summer Reading Party in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen available at Crawford's, Weiss, a vendor in front of the creamery and a vendor in front of Bonnie's at the Red Byrd in Keedysville. Photo by D. S. Fiola.

Marcia and John Bowers enjoy farm life raising chickens, Boer goats, and cattle. They sell some of their produce at the ...
07/21/2017

Marcia and John Bowers enjoy farm life raising chickens, Boer goats, and cattle. They sell some of their produce at the Middletown's Farmers market every Thursday where they sell eggs and cakes. Marcia worked for the Post Office for 40 years, and retired last year. But farming, she said, is always where she wanted to be. "Farming is in my blood." Read the full story in the Middletown Valley Citizen, available at LDS, Main Cup, Exxon, Safeway, and BP in Middletown.

Boonsboro is celebrating its 225th anniversary with events commemorating its founding throughout the year. On July 1 Boo...
07/21/2017

Boonsboro is celebrating its 225th anniversary with events commemorating its founding throughout the year. On July 1 Boonsboro re-enacted the laying of the original cornerstone of the Washington Monument that sits on top of South Mountain overlooking the town. The monument was built in 1827. Read all about it in the Middletown Valley Citizen, available at Crawfords and Weis in Boonsboro and at a vendor in front of the creamery. The next event planned for the 225th celebration will be on August 13 at Shafer Park at 2:25pm.

Open Book Farm on Roy Shafer road between Middletown and Jefferson is now organic. Pictured Andrew and Mary Kathryn Barn...
06/25/2017

Open Book Farm on Roy Shafer road between Middletown and Jefferson is now organic. Pictured Andrew and Mary Kathryn Barnet, with their children Sylvan (4) and Alice (2) own and operate Open Book Farm and recently held a celebration for the organic certification of their vegetables. Read about it in the Middletown Valley Citizen on newsstands now. It can be purchased at Safeway, LDS, Main Cup, Exxon and BP in Middletown.

The Boonsboro MIddle School is annually presented to the student who exhibits overall academic excellence and achievemen...
06/25/2017

The Boonsboro MIddle School is annually presented to the student who exhibits overall academic excellence and achievement as well as outstanding character over the three years of middle school. The award this year was shard by two outstanding students: Ekaterina Gribok (left) and Brenna Fitzgerald. Gary Willow, BMS Principal, is in the center. Read about all the awards in the Middletown Valley Citizen on newsstands at Weis, Crawfords, and the Creamery Vendor in Boonsboro.

Middletown High School honored 259 graduates in the class of 2017. Hannah Miller and Laurel Fogle pause for a photo afte...
06/07/2017

Middletown High School honored 259 graduates in the class of 2017. Hannah Miller and Laurel Fogle pause for a photo after the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 21. Miller is the daughter of Dr. April Miller, of the Frederick County Board of Education. Fogle wrote and performed her own original song in the graduation ceremony. Story, pictures, and a full list of graduates in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen available at LDS, The Main Cup, BP, Exxon, and Safeway in Middletown, Exxon and Lee Delauter Store in Myersville.

Boonsboro High School had 185 graduates in the class of 2017. Graduates Logan Saunders and Christian Koch  pose just pri...
06/07/2017

Boonsboro High School had 185 graduates in the class of 2017. Graduates Logan Saunders and Christian Koch pose just prior to the commencement ceremony on June 1, at HCC. More pictures, a story and a full list of graduates in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen which is available at Weis, Crawfords, and in the box in front of the Creamery in Boonsboro and at Bonnie's at the Red Byrd in Keedysville.

Middletown unveiled six new self-guided walking tours of the town as part of the 250th anniversary celebration. Read all...
05/31/2017

Middletown unveiled six new self-guided walking tours of the town as part of the 250th anniversary celebration. Read all about them in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen Newspaper. The paper is available at LDS, BP, Main Cup, Exxon, and Safeway in Middletown or call the Citizen office at 301-834-7722 to subscribe for only $17.50 a year and have the paper delivered to your home every week. In the picture Terry Yocum talked about the history and architectural features of his home, known as the Valley Savings Bank building, which once also served as the town's post office.

The Middletown Valley Citizen has an article in the current paper, about the newest Farmer's Market in the area, the Jef...
05/31/2017

The Middletown Valley Citizen has an article in the current paper, about the newest Farmer's Market in the area, the Jefferson Farmers Market which opened last week. Pictured are Jessica Purles and Kip Kelley from Full Cellar Farm on Lander Road, one of the vendors selling their beautiful produce at the Jefferson Farmers Market which is open every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 4 to 7 pm until mid-September. It is located at 4603 Lander Road in Jefferson. It is sponsored by the Jefferson Ruritan Club.
There are other Farmers Market around the area. The Middletown Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4 to 7 pm, until mid-October, located in the parking lot of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on South Church Street.
The also new this year, Myersville Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from 8 to 11 pm in the parking lot behind the First United Bank on Main Street in Myersville.
The Boonsboro Farmers Market is open Tuesday's from 4 to 7 pm, in Shafer Park, through October.
Read about the new Jefferson Farmers Market and all the other local news from the Middletown, Myersville, Jefferson, Wolfsville, Boonsboro and South Washington County area. Subscribe, and get the paper coming to your mailbox every week, by calling 301-834-7722.

Boonsboro High School Baseball team is headed for the States. Read about the team and about the Girls Softball Team in t...
05/26/2017

Boonsboro High School Baseball team is headed for the States. Read about the team and about the Girls Softball Team in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen, available at Bonnie's at the Red Byrd in Keedysville and at Crawford's, the Boonsboro Creamery (vendor outside) and at Weis Markets. You can also subscribe to the Citizen by calling the office during regular business hours at 301-834-7722 and have the paper delivered to you every week.

Beatrice Toms, at 103 years old, reflects on her life and her early years in Myersville. Read about her memories of Myer...
05/26/2017

Beatrice Toms, at 103 years old, reflects on her life and her early years in Myersville. Read about her memories of Myersville in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen available at the Exxon in Myersville and Lee Delauters in Middlepoint. Also available at the Exxon in Middletown as well as Safeway, Delauter and Sons, The main Cup, and Middletown BP. To subscribe to the Middletown Citizen call the office during business hours at 301-834-7722 and get the paper delivered to you every week.

Patsy Knill, has retired after serving 27 years as the Middletown Elementary School Secretary.  MES now welcomes Tara Ha...
08/12/2015

Patsy Knill, has retired after serving 27 years as the Middletown Elementary School Secretary. MES now welcomes Tara Hathaway, right, who has moved over after nine years at Middletown Primary School. Read about it inthis weeks Middletown Valley Citizen newspaper. –Citizen/Robin Maliszewskyj

Ira C. Moser, the man behind the book–– Ira C. Moser is the author of The History of Myersville published in 1905. That ...
08/12/2015

Ira C. Moser, the man behind the book–– Ira C. Moser is the author of The History of Myersville published in 1905. That book provided a valuable history of Myersville at the turn of the 20th century. But what about the man who wrote it. Read the story of Ira Moser and the rough time he had in Myersville, his home town, in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen newspaper, on newstands from August 12 through August 19.

Boonsboro celebrates National Night Out–  The Boonsboro Council with the help of many volunteers provided food for Boons...
08/12/2015

Boonsboro celebrates National Night Out– The Boonsboro Council with the help of many volunteers provided food for Boonsboro Night Out, with council members serving the free hot dogs, pork, and beef sandwiches. Pictured from left: (Front) Skip Kauffman (Mayor), Carol Long, Howard Long (Assistant Mayor), Cindy Kauffman (Council Member), Barbara Wetzel (Council Member), Terri Hollingshead, (Middle Row) Frank Remsburg, Steve Minnick, Marty Love, George Messner, Rick Byrd, (Back Row) Paul Rohrer, Brad Rohrer, Sean Haardt (Council Member). –Citizen/D.S. Fiola

Chris Bishop, former associate pastor at Middletown United Methodist Church and his wife Katie Bishop of New Hope Method...
07/15/2015

Chris Bishop, former associate pastor at Middletown United Methodist Church and his wife Katie Bishop of New Hope Methodist in Brunswick are working on adopting a child from Haiti. Read about their journey and find out what you can do to help them in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen. The paper is on newsstands beginning July 15.

Both Boonsboro and Myersville have passed ordinances which allow chickens in town within the past few years, while Middl...
07/15/2015

Both Boonsboro and Myersville have passed ordinances which allow chickens in town within the past few years, while Middletown and Brunswick have voted against such ordinances in recent years. What has the impact of chickens in town been on Boonsboro and Myersville. This picture has Jessica Renner of Boonsboro with her chickens and her children, Anthony, Annabelle and Sadie. Read the story in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen on newsstands beginning July 15.

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren held it's annual Vacation Bible School from June 22 to June 26. In this picture Conno...
07/10/2015

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren held it's annual Vacation Bible School from June 22 to June 26. In this picture Connor Rumpf was smiling while painting during craft time with his cousin, Paige Leatherman. Read about this and more in the Middletown Valley Citizen, on news stand beginning July 9. Or subscribe to the Citizen, for as little as $17.50 a year, by calling 301-834-7722.

Boonsboro Independence Day Celebration. The Boonsboro Independence Day Celebration is an annual event for many families ...
07/10/2015

Boonsboro Independence Day Celebration. The Boonsboro Independence Day Celebration is an annual event for many families such as the extended Durner Family. "We've come here every year for 15 years," said Marcia Durner. Pictured from left: Gene Estes, Evan Durner, Myra Durner, and Paige Stevens. In back is Mike Edsinger. The story about the Boonsboro Independence Day celebration and more pictures are in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen. Available on news stand beginning July 9. Or you can subscribe to the Middletown Valley Citizen, for as little as $17.50 a year, by calling 301-834-7722 and paying by credit card.

Meals on Wheels returns to Middletown. There was a Meals on Wheels Program in Middletown until 2009, when it was discont...
07/01/2015

Meals on Wheels returns to Middletown. There was a Meals on Wheels Program in Middletown until 2009, when it was discontinued. The program was recently reinstated with assistance from a group called Friends of Meals on Wheels, the Frederick County Department of Aging, and local churches. Pictured are Meals on Wheels delivery drivers Cheryl Dougher (l) Mary Coe (r) and coordinator Barbara Mosser (center). Photo courtesy of Carrie Dougher. There is a story in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen, about the program, available at several locations in Middletown including: Safeway, Exxon, LDS, The Main Cup, as well as the Exxon in Myersville and LDS in Middlepoint.

Boonsboro Elementary School held their final 'Golden Table' luncheon during the last week of school for the students sel...
07/01/2015

Boonsboro Elementary School held their final 'Golden Table' luncheon during the last week of school for the students selected to be honored for Citizenship. The fourth graders shown in the picture were recognized for exemplifying the characteristics of good Citizenship. they are Lauren Barnes, Emma Hausler, Erin King, Haoua Saley, and Dylan Hetrick. There is story and pictures of all 24 students chosen in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen. Available at Weis Market, Crawford's, a vendor in front of the Boonsboro Creamery, a vendor in front of Bonnie's in Keedysville and other locations. –Citizen/D.S. Fiola

Myersville Elementary held it's end of the years field days on June 8 from K-2, and for grades 3 to 5 on May 29.  In thi...
06/26/2015

Myersville Elementary held it's end of the years field days on June 8 from K-2, and for grades 3 to 5 on May 29. In this picture members of Mrs. Horine's fourth grade class enjoy an indoor game. From left are Jack Hinkle, Louie Shapiro, Quinn Savitt, Ben Bradford, Molly Walker, Lauren Tulino, and Baily Noble. There are more pictures from the Myersville Field Days in this weeks Citizen newspaper. The paper is on the newstand from June 24 until July 1. You can subscribe by calling the Citizen Office at 301-834-7722.

Boonsboro Elementary had a Field and Fun day to end the school year. Here Holden Kline concentrates on the target with e...
06/26/2015

Boonsboro Elementary had a Field and Fun day to end the school year. Here Holden Kline concentrates on the target with encouragement from his friend River Klein. There is a story and more pictures on Boonsboro Fun and Field Day in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen on newsstands from June 24 until July 1. Available in Boonsboro at the vendor in front of the Creamery, at Crawfords and at Weis Market. Photo by D.S. Fiola.

U10 MVAA cheerleading team competed in the National Championships along with the U12 and U18 teams. Read all about it in...
06/17/2015

U10 MVAA cheerleading team competed in the National Championships along with the U12 and U18 teams. Read all about it in this week Middletown Valley Citizen on news stands June 18.

These Middletown High School students graduated with an array of honors as indicated by the number and color of their co...
06/17/2015

These Middletown High School students graduated with an array of honors as indicated by the number and color of their cords. From left: Logan Bramhall, Samantha Ramsey, kaitlin Parent, Molly Spillman, Madison Milhouse. The list of Middletown High School award recipients is in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen on news stands June 18.

Gladhill Furniture in Middletown is celebrating 100 years in business.  Middletown Main Street Manager Becky Reich, Burg...
04/22/2015

Gladhill Furniture in Middletown is celebrating 100 years in business. Middletown Main Street Manager Becky Reich, Burgess John Miller, and Office Manager Ann Griffin show off handmade tote bags from Gladhill Furniture, as it celebrates 100 years in business. The bags were made by Grandma Helen Gladhill out of leftover upholstery fabric and contain a tag indicating so. Read more about it in this weeks Middletown Valley Citizen. –Citizen/Robin maliszewskyj

The Boonsboro Books&boro Warriors won the Washington County Battle of the Books Championship. Shown with their trophies ...
04/22/2015

The Boonsboro Books&boro Warriors won the Washington County Battle of the Books Championship. Shown with their trophies are from left: (front) Rylie Cataldo, Lily Telemeco, Erika Davidson, (back) Anna Davis, Alyssa Melby, lauren Barnes, and coach Sonia Barnes. –Citizen/D.S. Fiola

Several artists from Middletown Valley have "boxes" in this show!  The gallery is at 216 North Market Street in downtown...
03/07/2015

Several artists from Middletown Valley have "boxes" in this show! The gallery is at 216 North Market Street in downtown Frederick, open regular hours noon to 5 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and for First Saturday from 5 to 9pm.

How inventive are this year's Box Show entries? Some of them are over the top— like this "Arachnibox." It starts as a cube, but artist Daniel Schmidt cut the box up and installed an array of high-tech hardware that allows the box to open up into a spider. ("It took me seven trips to the hardware store," he admits.)
The show opens at noon today with a big reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday. Come see!

MVAA’s U18 competition squad are National ChampionsMVAA's U18 competition squad went to Ocean City, Maryland for the "Re...
03/04/2015

MVAA’s U18 competition squad are National Champions
MVAA's U18 competition squad went to Ocean City, Maryland for the "Reach the Beach" competition Saturday, February 28, and took home first place to become National Champions. ‘We Bring the Beach to You’ is a Rec and School only National Championship, it is one of the largest events of the year, and is held in the Ocean City Convention Center. Members of the squad pictured above are from left: (top row) Peri Ketteringham, Brittany Sweet, Alexa Kepply, Makenzie Baldwin, Katrina Eisentraut, Alice Weir, Ashley Topper, Morgan Baldwin, Audrey Ganley, Grace Paulischek, Megan Mangiafico, Lauren Graham (middle row) Jillian Germain, Corrine Murphy, Mackenzie Anders, Rian Tilley, Jacey Torrisi (front row) Brooklyn Poff and Hannah Westwood. The team is coached by Emily Delauter, Missy Payne and Kelly Delauter. MVAA is a Small Senior Rec Level 4 team. They competed against three other teams for the win.

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From The Brunswick History Commission web site: www.brunswickmdhistory.com From Julie Maynard of the Brunswick Citizen: The Brunswick Citizen will not reopen after suspending publication due to the Covid-19 quarantine (no events, no school, less advertising), the slowing of post office delivery of mail, the increasing costs of a printed newspaper, and the fact that we have- to our surprise-- sold our downtown office building.
Sent a message suggesting highlighting the importance of the paved Valley Trail in Brunswick on west side of town. Is there a shuttle for anyone not wanting to cycle up to Brunswick Crossing? I reached out to the hotel there but they don't offer shuttle service (yet). Maybe they will to boost business. Do you know if Brunswick has a shuttle? Others will find a way on their bicycle riding from the C&O towpath. Not many are aware there is paved trail on west side of town. They may not know Brunswick has a marked & signed Bicycle Route. I found the route & the trail wonderful experiences. Courteous motorists on Potomac Street. I travel through Brunswick every chance I get on my C&O bicycle trips...and on day trips. I became aware of the paved trail only a week ago...and to find out it was even paved. Wow! Wow! Awesome to connect the town with lodging opportunity for traveling cyclists/hikers and restaurants in town. What else have I missed I wonder. Your town rocks! ▪︎▪︎▪︎▪︎ My video shows the Valley Trail a sdcc I found out is its' name. I also try to highlight supporting canal towns and businesses. I stop in most times I'm there. Many dont know about the Trail there connecting historic Brunswick with the Holiday Inn Express (recently opened) and Weis Markets. Besides, the trail is paved...a nice getaway even for a mile. It does connect. An important key to the town/city. In my video, I highlight the bicycle route to get up to lodging for traveling bicyclists/hikers on the C&O towpath. Now that the Holiday Inn Express is there, expect more to frequent your town. Cyclists/hikers from the towpath traveling need food & lodging and are hungry for history. They will likely eat in town on way through, stop at the C&O/Town Visitor Center, then bike/hike up to the hotel. The Valley Trail (as I found out it is called), is a good connection to the lodging up there...for residents. People can eat in town, do some historical touring, then relax & go to sleep. Include the trail in their routine to exercise and build community values. Talk with neighbors on the Trail. Visit with people there. The trail is not for everyone if not want to pedal some hills for a bit. But I found it a delightful ride through there resting on a couple hills going up. Make up one's mind to get out and even go for a walk if not cycle. Drivers in town were courteous on the road marked Bicycle Route. I rode it twice now with my bicycle semi loaded with traveling gear. Got out of breath couple places, but I'm out of shape some still. Bicycling hills on the Valley Trail and the C&O towpath will get anyone in shape. A cool, neat ride through the wooded area on paved Trail. A stream is there and so many sights. Imagine what it will be like in a few weeks as Spring emerges. And the bike route from C&O to/through town leads right to the trail. You'll have the Weis & hotel in view once get up there...just keep taking left Y's on the trail going straight on the Trail to the top. Don't exit right or will encounter dangerous traffic circles by bicycle. Need bicycle signs up there to get drivers thinking about bicyclists using the roads. I used the sidewalk at end of the Trail. Then went left once in Brunswick Crossing annex area. Then a right towards Weis and the Holiday Inn Express. This western part of the ValleyTrail avoids the roundabouts up there and streets. Drivers are not watching for bicyclists as I had a close call days earlier in a traffic circle. As a cyclist vehicle that law allows, I already had the right of way in the roundabout, but a car was not looking as it was entering or thought they had time and ac almost collided with me. I evaded an accident their by visualizing and positioning my bicycle ahead of time...thinking what to do if enountered a vehicle not yielding. So, Just remember to stay left at the Y's on the trail to the top. Follow the stream that ends in large stormwater ponds. ▪︎▪︎▪︎▪︎ I shared info with the bike shop in town. I think youall could write up a piece about the Trail and how it is good for residents, the town, businesses, and bicyclists/hikers traveling through on the C&O. Establish a connection with the Holiday Inn Express. Search out if the town could do a shuttle. If not, the bicycle route is an alternative with the Valley Trail part of a safe way through there. With the Harpers Ferry footbridge closed for repairs and no known repair date, Brunswick is a pretty good ideal choice for food, lodging , history etc. Build it...Publicize it..and they will come.
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