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Roll with It!

Frederick senior bowling group members value exercise, camaraderie Duckpins are 9.4 inches tall. The ball that is used to knock the pins down is a maximum of 5 inches in diameter and 3 pounds 12 ounces in weight, and it has no finger holes.



t was easy to see Jackie McMahon was laughing, but not so easy to hear over the cacophony of crashing pins and rolling balls. One by one, her friends went up for their shot. They picked up the small duckpin bowling ball and swung it down the lane. More often than not, they were celebrated with cheers, claps or a ringing bell — courtesy of McMahon and the half-dozen companions that surrounded her.

Duckpin bowlers from left are Walt Nagel, Nancy Lee Shores and Don Sherwood. 4







“Everybody here is happy,” she said, smiling. “We just get along. Nobody’s uptight.” McMahon and a rotating cast of about 20 other Frederick-area seniors gather each Thursday at the Walkersville Bowling Center for an afternoon of duckpin. Regular attendees say it’s a source of exercise and joy they look forward to every week. The crew doesn’t meet on Thanksgiving, said George Miller, 80. But on all the other Thursdays of the year — with the occasional exception of Christmas or NewYear’s — they descend on Walkersville. It’s a familiar setting for many of the regulars, and often a comforting one. After Miller lost his wife on Christmas Day this past year, he said, he headed to bowling the next Thursday. It helped to keep busy. “Life goes on,” he said. “You’ve gotta keep on going.” Miller, who has bowled with the group for 15 years, said the group has kept him occupied and entertained over the years. The bowling alley’s assistant manager, Tracy Smith, has greeted the bowlers each week for the seven years she’s worked there. She knows most of them by name, she said, smiling from behind the food counter. They were back in the lanes the very week that the alley reopened from its pandemic shutdown, she added. “They’re good people,” Smith said. “They like their bell.” Many of the members of the group,


Jim Misner lets the ball fly down the lane as he joins a group of senior citizens spend a few hours of bowling at the Walkersville Bowling Alley.

which is organized through the Frederick County Senior Recreation Council, have been doing much the same for two decades or more. Some are teased as “newbies” for having only been there a couple of years. But even the newbies are cheered on with a ring of the bell, the piercing sound echoing across the small space. Duckpin bowling is accessible to nearly everyone, said Gerald Blessing, the group’s lead coordinator. The balls are much smaller and lighter than traditional bowling balls, and the pins are, too. Players get three throws instead of two. Walkersville’s alley is the only facility in the county offering duckpin bowling nowadays, Blessing said.

Duckpin dynasty The Frederick County Senior Recreation Council’s Duckpin Bowling group meets on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walkersville Bowling Center, 44 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville. The cost is less than $3 per game. New bowlers welcome. Call 240-6511865, or go to

Blessing recalls a regular attendee who recently died at the age of 96. He bowled until about a year before his passing, Blessing said. “Everybody, practically, can do it,” he said. Members come and go, Blessing said. But he’s always surprised that the turnout isn’t higher, given the ease and fun of duckpin. The Senior Recreation Council, which offers activities to Frederick residents over 50, is most known for its exercise classes, Blessing said, some of which can attract more than 100 people. The group’s attendance has now almost entirely recovered from a severe dip during the pandemic, he added. Bowling club members stop playing when injuries or illnesses strike, and new seniors find their way to the group all the time. But even as the core group shifts, the camaraderie remains.

Someone keeps score each week, marking down the points on a plastic sheet and displaying them on an old-fashioned overhead projector. But really, the players said, it’s not about the competition. They tossed friendly jabs back and forth across the lanes at a recent August meeting. They chatted about television — who’s going to take over as the host for “Jeopardy”? — and their kids and grandkids. A container of cupcakes sat melty on the table, brought in to celebrate Nancy Shores’ recent 80th birthday. “Everybody just blends together and has a great time,” Shores said. As the afternoon wound down and the final scores were tallied, the lighthearted atmosphere remained unchanged. “Alright, ladies!” one woman shouted happily. “Last frame!”

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The Write Stuff

Frederick County seniors find community, creativity in senior center program BY ANGELA ROBERTS AROBERTS@NEWSPOST.COM

MORE INFORMATION Six-Word Stories is offered monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Individuals wishing to participate can email virtualseniorcenter@ for registration and more information.

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egend has it Ernest Hemingway once bet a group of writing buddies he could write a story that captured a full narrative in just six words. He then scrawled a few words on a napkin and passed it around the table: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn,” it read. Six decades after Hemingway’s death, it’s still not clear whether he is the true author behind the most famous piece of flash fiction ever circulated. Nevertheless, the story he may or may not have written has inspired heaps of hyper-condensed narratives, including many written by a small group of Frederick County seniors, who have been meeting monthly on their computers for nearly a year. After the pandemic shut down all in-person programming at the county’s senior centers in March 2020, the Frederick County Senior Services Division (formerly Department of Aging) began offering online field trips and activities through its Virtual 50+ Community Center. For those interested in writing and being creative, Susan Hofstra, who typically runs the Urbana Senior Center, suggested a club where people could try their hand at writing six-word stories and 6





Diane Capel, who lives in Damascus, has been involved in the six-word story program since it began. She and her husband, Walter share a computer each week to join in from their home.

share their short narratives with one another. More than a year later, about 15 people are signed up for the class, and anywhere from six to eight participate each month. It’s a nice group size, Hofstra said. They always have enough time for everyone to read their stories and discuss them. The smaller turnout has also allowed the writers to get to know one another. “It’s been really nice for them,” Hofstra said. “And it’s been nice for the staff, because we’ve gotten to know different seniors.” Since she typ-




ically runs the Urbana Senior Center, she may not have known people who attended the centers in Emmitsburg or Frederick, she explained. Each month, Hofstra offers about four prompts to participants. If a holiday or special event is coming up, she tries to incorporate that into one of the prompts. Since June 1 was National Pen Pal Day, for instance, she encouraged writers to compose a short story about a letter, stamps or the mail. She asked them to write about flowers for May Day and their parents for Mother’s Day. Sometimes, the

group will laugh at the silly prompts she comes up with, like “write about an object in their freezer” or “write about science fiction.” “When I had them write about a piece of furniture, they were like, ‘What?’” Hofstra said, cracking up at the memory. “But I had recently re-finished a desk that had been my uncle’s from the early ’30s when he went to college. And I was like, ‘See? There are things that you can write about!’” She will often give the writers ideas for how to follow a certain prompt. Asking them to write about light, for instance, could mean writing about sunlight, candles, Thomas Edison or even the light in their hearts. She said it’s been fun to see what everyone comes up with every month. When she told them to write about spring, for instance, everyone wrote about how wonderful the season was, except for one person, who wrote about pollen. One of Hofstra’s favorite parts of the class is how the stories the seniors share often prompt conversations


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Healthy at Home

Home health care versus home care: which is the right service for me? BY ELDER SERVICES PROVIDER COUNCIL


ome care agencies and skilled home health services exist to serve seniors in difficulty. Perhaps they have suffered a fall or are struggling to live independently. Regardless, when a loved one needs help, it is important to understand the services available to them. There are significant differences between home care versus home health that determine which is right for a family member. Several Frederick County professionals from various companies and agencies have provided some answers to help you navigate the industry and services. What is the difference between home health and home care? Home health provides treatment, education and support for patients, whether they are returning home from a hospital stay, post-surgical care, managing a serious or chronic disease or dealing with multiple diagnoses. To receive home health (skilled) services, a patient must be under the care of a medical provider. Unlike skilled home health services, home care does not require an order from a doctor. Home care is typically private pay but may also be covered by some long-term care insurance policies, private health insurance, veterans benefits and resources in the community. What services can I expect from home health? Care is provided by licensed professionals including nurses, physical ther8





apists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers and home health aides on an intermittent basis. With regular monitoring and access to 24/7 on-call help, a home health clinical team aims to avoid preventable hospitalizations. Home health care services can include the following: • Skilled nursing: monitoring vital signs, medication management and review, wound care, ostomy manage-




ment, wound assessment and dressing changes, chronic disease management and education, IV therapy and routine lab work (if receiving nursing services) • Physical therapy: balance and safe functional mobility, muscle performance • Occupational therapy: home safety, adaptive equipment uses, bathroom transfers, visual impairments and compensations • Speech therapy: cognition, swal-

lowing, dysphagia, weight loss due to malnutrition, augmentative communication needs, voice quality • Medical social work: financial assistance and community resources How is home health paid for? Cost for home health services is covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicaid, VA and private insurances if you meet requirements and your doctor provides an order for home health.

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Can you have both home health and home care at the same time? For the most part, they each provide different services with some overlap. Typically, the two collaborate to help a person remain safe in their home for a longer period of time. To remain under the care of home health, the person must continue to be homebound (it would be taxing to leave the home) and have an ongoing skilled need with goals to meet. Services could be discontinued if a person or caregiver meets all the established goals and are independent with the care, if the person cannot meet the goals and is therefore no longer appropriate for home health, if the person’s physician is no longer willing to sign for ongoing services, or if the person cancels services. How quickly can home care services start? It depends on caregiver availability, but in most cases, home care can begin the same day that a call is received. Having a regular schedule will help ensure that a consistent caregiver is scheduled who will be familiar with the client’s routine and care needs. Most home care services require a minimum number of hours per shift/day that a caregiver will be in the home. Overnight or even 24 hours a day service can also be requested. What does home care cost? There are variable costs based on the care needed. Care will be determined through your chosen agency and RN assessment. Needs, hours and “scope of care” will be addressed with the family prior to starting services. According to research done in our geographic area, costs run anywhere from $24 to $35 per hour. This includes couple’s care. Some agencies require a fee up front to cover a certain amount of service in advance, usually two weeks. Does my insurance cover home care? Medicare nor Medicaid provide rou-

tine support for home care. Be aware of low-cost agencies. Most reputable agencies are licensed, bonded and insured. They perform background checks, referrals and extensively train care providers before they are trusted in someone’s home. What if I live in another state (or in another house)? What kind of communication can I expect from the caregiver? Can I get daily updates? Yes, many agencies have technology and support systems, i.e., family portals, to inform the family of schedules, daily activities and care changes. Care binders are also kept in the home of the client with daily care logs, so family members can view what activities and routines are in place on a regular basis. What if I or my loved one doesn’t like the aide that comes? What if the aide cancels or doesn’t come? Home care agencies work very hard, following a list of criteria to match the client to the caregiver. If a caregiver does not show up to the client’s home, the agency should be called right away. Most agencies will work diligently to find a replacement for that shift. What can a home care caregiver do with my loved one during the day? A home care person can provide companion or care duties, such as help with exercises, driving someone to their errands and appointments with assistance, assistance with personal care needs (dressing and bathing), laundry, household chores and medication reminders. Why would I choose an agency over a private duty aide? Can I hire an aide privately for more care if I like them?   The No. 1 reason to choose an agency over a private duty aide is safety. Agencies perform background checks, drug testing, interviews and reference checks on their employees before the caregiver

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The Care Divide

Inequity in community support for older adults



any Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll finds more Americans think their area is doing well rather than poorly in providing access to resources and services for aging adults, including health care, healthy food, transportation and at-home support. But white people are more likely than people of color to say their community does well in offering health care for older adults generally, as well as urgent care, primary care and physical therapy specifically. White Americans also are more positive than non-white Americans in rating their communities’ access to grocery stores, outdoor spaces, libraries and other amenities. The poll finds community assessments also differ by household income, with Americans in lower-income households more likely than those earning higher incomes to say their communities are lacking across many resources and services. Overall, 46 percent of Americans say their area is doing a good job providing access to health care for older adults, compared with 15 percent saying it does a poor job. Fifty-two percent of white people say their community does a good job, compared with 37 percent of people of color. Many people of color say either a poor job, neither or they don’t know.






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Uncertainty was an issue for many of the resources asked about on the poll. Sarah Szanton, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s nursing school, described aging as “the sum of people’s life experiences across the course of their life.” “There’s certainly some randomness, there’s certainly some genetics involved, but, in general, aging is a health equity matter,” she said. The poll finds just 34 percent of Americans say their communities do a good job offering in-home support services for older adults, compared with 14 percent saying it does a bad job. Another




31 percent say they don’t know. White people are somewhat more likely than people of color to say they have good in-home services accessible, 37 percent to 27 percent. The new findings follow AP-NORC polling earlier this year that found a majority of Americans want the federal government to help Americans age in their own homes, which continues to be the option most prefer. Dan Carrow has lived in New York City for more than 30 years, and he knows he wants to continue to live as close to a major city as possible as he gets older. But in his Washing-

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SEPTEMBER CALENDAR Sky Stage Swing Dance All-ages, beer/wine w/ID. Pre-registration recommended, space is limited. $5. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Location: Sky Stage, 59 S. Carroll St., Frederick Contact:


Goat Yoga at the Farm Also Sept. 10. All ages. Pre-register. $25 per session. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Goat Yoga at the Farm, 10209 Fountain School Road, Union Bridge Contact: or 240-405-2208


Won by One Meeting Frederick Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association meets for fellowship and the freedom to ride. Bible study at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m. Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Golden Corral, 5621 Spectrum Drive, Frederick Contact: First Saturday Shop, dine and support local businesses. Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-698-8118 or www. Mount Olivet Cemetery Tours Visit the final resting place of Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie, Maryland’s first governor, Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, the Key Memorial Chapel and much more. Reservations recommended. $14 adults. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St., Frederick Contact: www.marylandghosttours. com or 301-668-8922 Live Music at the Vineyard Wines and meads available by the taste, flight, glass or bottle. Outdoor seating, gourmet cheese, salami, dips and more for purchase, or BYO snacks. Also Sept. 5, 11 and 12.

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Time: 1 p.m. Location: Loew Vineyards, 14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy Contact: events Sippin’ in the Sunflowers In partnership with Catoctin Breeze Vineyards, spend an afternoon on the farm in the 10-acre sunflower field, Catoctin Breeze Vineyards wine, music, food trucks, more. Continues Sept. 5. $25 person, $15 each for non-alcohol entry. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Location: Winterbrook Farms, 13001 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont Contact: 301-465-3801 Battle of the Beast Top IBR bull riders. Other events may include cowgirls barrel racing, mutton bustin, cowboy poker and wild cow milking contest. Visit website for each date’s events. Gates open 5 p.m., food available for purchase. $20 adults, $10 ages 6-12, under age 6 free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: J Bar W Ranch, 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge Contact:


Goat Yoga All ages. Ice cream included. $30 per person. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Rocky Point Creamery, 4323A Tuscarora Road, Tuscarora Contact: or 240-405-2208 Barbecue Chicken Dinners Drive through the Fire Station parking lot and purchase a BBQ Chicken Dinner. Dinner includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, roll and choice of two sides. Sides available are macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw or apple sauce. Just drive through the parking lot and place your order. You won’t even need to get out of your car. $12. Time: begins at noon Location: Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co., 702 N. Main St., Mount Airy Contact:


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Fun & Games Lively fun and non-competitive games. First and third Tuesdays. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@


Meatless Mondays Made Easy Join this discussion for tips and tricks on how to make meal planning easy and nutritious. Presenter: Thu Huynh, RD, LDN, in-store nutritionist, Giant Food. Free, pre-register. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Writing Family History I Explore prompts and writing strategies to tell our stories to future generations. Low-key class with focus on getting the project started. Also meets Sept. 15, 22 and 29. Pre-register, free. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Coloring & Conversation with Cathy Supply your own coloring book and pencils. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@


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Pre-register, free. Also meets Sept. 16, 23 and 30. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Good Stories Book Club Read the book of the month: “The Exiles,” by Christine Baker Kline. And join the discussion. Pre-register, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 10

Bluegrass Jam Open to all levels of acoustic musicians and vocalists. Spectators and families welcome. Food available for purchase. $5 donation at the door. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road, Walkersville Contact: 301-898-3719

SEPT. 11

Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint Out Visit eight unique barns on working farms in and around Burkittsville. Self-guided tour. See artists at work, antique farm equipment and tools. Tour followed by art show and sale with music and food 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Burkittsville Ruritan Club. Advance tickets at the Frederick Visitors Center, 151 S. East St. or 301-600-4047. $15 advance, $20 day of event, under age 12 free. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Barns of Burkittsville Contact: www.fredericklandmarks. org In the Streets Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market Street Mile 9 a.m., craft beverage experience noon to 5 p.m., Up the Creek party 5 to 9 p.m. Each block has a theme: art, history, health and wellness, a new artisan block, going green, public safety, and kids’




block. Location: Downtown Frederick and Carroll Creek Park Contact: 301-600-2841 or

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Yoga in the Vines Includes one-hour yoga session, wine flight of five wines, souvenir glass. Purchase tickets 21 and older. $20. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Loew Vineyards, 14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy Contact: events or 301-831-5464

SEPT. 13

The Bookshelf Book Club “The Children’s Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin. Pre-register, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 14

Maryland Access Point: Companion Care Golden Care of Frederick provides companion care to seniors who have limited income at a subsidized rate. Golden Care offers companionship, and helps with errands, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and transportation. Free, registration is required. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 15

Making the Most of a Visit to the Doctor: Tips for Caregivers Learn how, as a caregiver, to make the most of a visit. Free, registration required. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center

Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Craft and Conversation: Puzzle Frame Make a craft while socializing with friends. A supply list will be emailed to you once you register. Pre-register, free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Salsa Under the Stars Join Frederick Salsa instructor Silvia Yacoubian under the stars as she teaches about Hispanic culture through dance. Registration required. $5 suggested donation. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Location: Sky Stage, 59 S. Carroll St., Frederick Contact: or 301-662-4190

SEPT. 16

Dementia Live: The Virtual Experience A simulation program designed to give participants an understanding of what it may be like to live with dementia. Interactive program. Pre-registration is required. Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

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Groceries for Seniors A free monthly distribution of seasonal produce, canned goods and shelf-stable products. All Frederick County residents ages 60+ with an income below $1,450 per month are eligible to participate. Bring a photo ID to register the first time. Offered on the third Friday of each month. Time: Noon, and continues until all food is distributed Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/seniorservices or 301-600-1234

SEPT. 18

Car Show Barbecue chicken dinner plus additional food available. Car registration fee is $15, includes one meal. Dash plaques to the first 100 registered; trophies awarded at 1 p.m. Music by DJ Joe Brown, door prizes, games, swap meet, 50/50. Benefits the ambulance company. Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Thurmont Community Ambulance, 13716 Strafford Drive, Thurmont Contact: 240-674-1235 or 301-6671545 or Annual Corvettes at Westridge Hosted by Frederick County Corvette Club. Free admission. Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Westridge shopping center, behind Outback Steakhouse, 1053 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 443-622-3057 Urbana Latino Celebration Celebrating the start of the Hispanic Heritage Month with Latino culture displayed through music, dancing and food. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Location: Urbana Library Plaza, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick Contact: 973-722-9008 or

SEPT. 19

EagleMania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band All the hits of the Eagles, Don Henley, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. $34 and up. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: or 301790-3500

SEPT. 20

Film Club Do you like movies? Discuss the film “Mona Lisa Smiles.” Pre-register, free. Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ Lucas Oil East Coast National Event Tractor/Truck Pull Features the Multi-Engine Modified Tractors, the Fire & Smoke Super Stock/Pro Stock Tractors, the Smokin’ Pro Stock Diesel 4WD Trucks East and the World Famous Hot Rod Semi’s! $23 grandstand, $18 grandstand annex. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: The Great Frederick Fair, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: or 301-620-7038

SEPT. 21

Demolition Derby: Cars $23 grandstand, $18 grandstand annex. Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Great Frederick Fair, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: www.thegreatfrederickfair. com or 301-620-7038

SEPT. 22

Craft & Conversation A supply list for each craft will be emailed to you upon registration. September’s craft: Straw weaving bracelet/bookmark. Pre-register, free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 23

Virtual Field Trip: American Sign Museum Registration closes Sept. 17. The museum, in Cincinnati, Ohio, promotes sign preservation and restoration covering more than 100 years of signage. $5 person. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD.

gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY Class: Researching Maryland Vital Records Online With Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL. Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mount Airy congregation. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online Contact: thehopechest_rebecca@

SEPT. 24

Frederick County Right to Life Annual Banquet Social hour 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Sister Deirdre Byrne, a religious sister, a Doctor of Medicine and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Reservations and payment are required. $65 per person, $50 for students, seminarians and clergy. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Ave., Frederick Contact:

SEPT. 25

Electronic Recycle Day Hosted by Unit 191 Auxiliary, collecting PCs, laptops, scanners, monitors, keyboards, mainframes, circuit board terminals, radios, cellphones, microwaves, cameras, stereos, more. Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: American Legion Gold Star Post 191, 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy Contact: 301-788-7174 or

SEPT. 26

Calvary UMC Community Concert Series: Christopher Schmitt, Pianist A classical concert pianist. Attendees will follow CDC guidelines for masks. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 131 W. Second St., Frederick Contact: THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST


SEPT. 27

Film Club Do you like movies? Discuss the film “Arranged.” Pre-register, free. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 28

Medigap Workshops Workshop to discuss how to shop, evaluate and purchase Medigap policies independently. Free, pre-register. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@ The Science Hour Low-key program with simple experiments, trivia and discussion. This month’s topic is erosion. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 29

Kitchen Kapers Live from the kitchen of staff member Caitlyn: Layered Peanut Butter Brownies. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@

SEPT. 30

Alive@Five Outdoor Happy Hour With music by Triple Lindy. Food and drinks available for purchase. $5. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Location: Carroll Creek Amphitheater, Carroll Creek, Frederick Contact: 301-698-8118 or www.






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about their lives.When she had them write stories for Armed Forces Day, she learned that one woman had once been named Military Wife of theYear in Europe, and somebody else had a dad who was a dentist in the military. “All that came out because of the six-word stories,” she said. Willie Gardner, who attended events at the Frederick Senior Center prior to the pandemic, has been involved in the six-word story program since it began. She shared one story she wrote near the beginning of her involvement: “Young widow finds a new normal.” Now 82 years old, she became a widow when she was 50, she said. She had been married to her husband, who she met in college, for more than 29 years. “I had to find a new normal,” she remarked. “It was hard, you know, to

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figure out what to do for the rest of your life.” Frederick’s senior center and its virtual programs have been a lifeline for her, she said. Though her two children don’t live far away — one is in Upper Marlboro and the other is in Washington, D.C. — she has no other family in the area. She’s loved participating in Hofstra’s six-word story class, as well as the monthly “Good News Only!” discussions and family history storytelling groups, also run by the Frederick County Senior Services Division. Diane Capel, who lives in Damascus, has also been involved in the sixword story program since it began. Although she had done writing in an office setting before she retired and had written little stories while she was still in school, she was fairly new to creative writing. But she loves reading,

ever walks into a client’s home. Home care agencies invest a great deal of resources in hiring, training and insuring caregivers. For a caregiver to provide care to a client outside of the agency or “on the side” is usually a serious breach of that agreement, and then the client loses the protections of the agreement. If care occurs between a caregiver and client outside the agency’s knowledge, the insurance protections that the agency provide are null and void. Contributors: Desirae Dimapan, MSW, Community Liaison-Amedisys Home Health; Eileen McLaughlin, Community Liaison, Right at Home; Angela Martin, owner, Shepherd’s Staff I-Home Care; Patty Smith, Community Marketing Director, Home Instead Maryland Home Care Solution, Inc.; R. Kris King, L.P.N., BAYADA Home Health Care; Troy Rudy, owner, Assisting Hands Home Care; Tywana R. Tawney, RN, Homecall/LHC Group.

language and word games, so the class has been a natural fit. Some of her favorite prompts have been ones that have related to military service or patriotism. They fit well with her involvement in the American Legion. She shared one she wrote about the Fourth of July: “Marching bands, prancing horses, celebrate USA!” When she starts a new story, she’ll occasionally jot down a longer version of the narrative before narrowing it down to six words. Other times, she has found a story’s rhythm by first writing an outline. She also finds inspiration in things people have said on TV. Oftentimes, she writes outside, on the enclosed porch in front of her house. “That way I can see the world go by, you know?”








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