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The Thrill of Birding From eagles to wrens, Frederick County is a birdwatching haven BY SUE GUYNN NEWS-POST STAFF

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avid Smith was one of those kids who enjoyed all things in nature and he spent countless days exploring the habitat around the family home in southwest Florida. A vacation Bible school teacher’s collection piqued his brief interest in butterflies. But it was a family vacation when he was a young teen that ignited another interest that has lasted a lifetime. “We had a place in the mountains of Tennessee, where my mother was from. A couple that were friends of my parents came to visit,” he recalled. “The woman was an avid birder and I remember seeing her every morning on the porch with binoculars, looking at birds.” Curious, he would venture out to see what birds he could find in the woods, then describe them to her to see if she could identify them. The first was “a tiny gray bird” she said was likely a blue-gray gnatcatcher. “After a week, before she left, she gave me my first field guide and a checklist,” Smith said. “My parents got me a cheap pair of binoculars and I spent more time looking at birds.” That was 50 years ago, said Smith, and he’s still an avid birder. The Mount Airy resident moved to Maryland in the 1980s and is a member of the Frederick Bird Club and the Carroll County Bird Club, both chapters of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS.) He’s also a board member of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, which has two birding sanctuaries in Frederick County. 4

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Mount Airy’s David Smith has been an avid birder for about 50 years. here, he’s on the lookout at the Audrey Carroll Sanctuary near his home in mid March.

It’s estimated there may be as many as 60 million bird-watchers in the United States. A 2016 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put that number at around 45 million. About 86 percent observed birds around their home and 36 percent said they took trips to observe birds. And with the pandemic putting the brakes on many activities, more people have found solace in outdoor activities such as wildlife and birdwatching. A June 2020 article in the |

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magazine of AARP noted that birding began booming with lockdowns. And people are combining birding with other activities, working it into their fitness plans with “run birding” or birding with bikes. “For me, it’s being outdoors and during COVID, it’s been my mental savior,” said Kathy Calvert, of Adamstown. She began birding about 40 years ago. “It’s gotten me to places in Maryland I didn’t know existed. It’s been a joy!” Every county has some

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Bill and Bonnie Borsa use a spotting scope and binoculars to watch a pair of migrating waterfowl in the waters of the Monocacy river at Pinecliff Park in mid March. Bonnie is the president of the frederick Bird Club Chapter of the Maryland ornithological Society.

place for birding, she said, from city and state parks to unlikely places such as landfills and wastewater treatment plants (which can attract waterfowl, gulls and migrating shorebirds). BirDiNG iN freDeriCK CoUNTY

Locally, the No. 1 hot spot for birders is Lilypons Water Gardens in Adamstown. This 250-acre tract was once one of the country’s main suppliers of goldfish and is now a prime source for water gardening materials. Birders can explore the grounds, which front the Monocacy River, during business hours. “We welcome birders all the time. We’re a haven for that,” said Margaret Thomas Koogle, fourth-generation owner and president of Lilypons, which opened in 1917. “It’s a wonderful, very natural habitat. It’s a working farm. There’s all kinds of wildlife— ducks, geese, foxes, turtles, lizards, butterflies.” Koogle said there was definitely an increase in birders visiting in 2020. “There’s a particular pond that at-

For me, it’s being outdoors and during COVID, it’s been my mental savior. [Birding has] gotten me to places in Maryland I didn’t know existed. It’s been a joy!”

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tracts birders,” Koogle said. “Some people would stand on top of their SUVs to get a better look at the pond. So we built a pavilion so they could stand on that.” A notebook, tucked in a mailbox on the front porch of the Lilypons store, is where birders can note the date and bird species spotted on their visits. The current log dates to 2007. Calvert said in spring you may see migrant warblers and flycatchers; sparrows and hawks in fall; and lots of waterfowl in winter. Last year, she spotted her first Connecticut warbler there. “It took me 20 years before I saw one in the state,” she said.

“Any of the county parks are wonderful,” said Calvert. “I love the Frederick Watershed. I’ll take a trail there and sometimes I’ll not see much and sometimes it’s a bonanza.” She also likes the trails at Owens Creek Campground in Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont. “Anywhere on the C&O Canal is wonderful. The best access is at the Monocacy Aqueduct,” she said. “Birds are everywhere! I’m birding when I’m in the parking lot at the grocery store or when I’m in the parking lot of the post office.” A member of the Frederick Bird See Birding, 18 THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

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Abstract ‘Intersections’ Ijamsville artist exhibits at Frederick Arts Council BY ERIKA RILEY NEWS-POST STAFF

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ike Shaffer likes order, although you wouldn’t know if from his studio. The multidisciplinary artist works out of his home in Ijamsville, where he has built a studio in and above his garage. There, he’s accumulated a mass of materials and finished pieces that the world has yet to see. But Shaffer’s love for order is very apparent in his new show, “Intersections,” now running at the Frederick Arts Council on E. 2nd Street. Each sculpture is built out of straight pieces of wood coming together to form unique towers. The intersections for which the show is titled are evident throughout his work, in the right angles between boards and in the crisscross patterns in many of the sculptures. “Some of them are pretty natural looking,” he said while sitting in the showroom recently. “Some of them have creative textures to them. Speckles, and some of them have sand in the paint and sparkle. As you can see, there’s variations on the theme.” That’s something else Shaffer loves: variations. There’s an element of play to his work; he never makes two things exactly the same. Even pieces that look similar from afar, of the same size and color, might have different patterns to their crisscrosses or be tilted at different angles. “I guess I’ve done myself a disservice by doing so many different types of 6

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ijamsville artist Mike Shaffer’s exhibit “intersections” is open at the frederick Arts Council through Saturday, April 24. “Some of them have creative textures to them,” he said, “...and some of them have sand in the paint and sparkle. As you can see, there’s variations on the theme.”

things. But every time I make something, I see the difference from everything I’ve done before,” Shaffer said. “I don’t think I’ve ever made the same thing twice.” His art career began in graduate school at Southern Illinois University where he studied biochemistry. He heard the art department was having a show and decided to make a sculpture out of things he found in the house he was renting: a concrete block, wooden boards and some black paint. As the son of a carpenter, he already knew his way around a toolbox. He entered the show. He won second prize. |

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While Shaffer’s science career took him to the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration, he always considered himself to be more of an artist than anything else. In his 30s, he made sculptures to show in Washington, D.C., and small decorative pieces to sell in retail shops. But he refrained from making art a full-time career. “I guess I was ahead of myself in a way. I could make this stuff and it was first-class stuff, but I didn’t have any outlet for it. I didn’t have any contacts. I didn’t have any teachers,” he said. “So I couldn’t do anything with

it. Nobody had ever heard of me. I was a young person just starting out.” He went on to find a studio in Rockville and created different series of work, often coming back to the idea of crisscrossing lines. In addition to sculpture, he worked in paint, often on an unprimed canvas. One of his main inspirations was Jackson Pollock, known for his abstract, colorful works full of splattered paint. Shaffer channeled some of his style for paintings featuring curved lines, many of which he created using a curved ruler he made specially. Agnes Martin, a Canadian-born


Mike Shaffer has been inspired by abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Agnes Martin. While they appear similar from afar, each of his sculptures is built from straight pieces of wood, coming together to build unique towers with different patterns to their crisscrosses, or are tilted at different angles.

American artist who specialized in abstract patterns, also inspired him. She often used grids and stripes in pastel colors in her work. While Shaffer said he did not want to directly emulate her, he did find making his own grid paintings to be fulfilling. He then moved on to more three-dimensional grids, including one made out of a variety of pencils. He also made a series of lattices—one of which is on display at the show—many made out of lath he found at hardware stores. The grids evolved over time, and he eventually made a series of sculptures modeled after a log cabin structure. This led to his towers. Shaffer’s work has been featured in more than 200 shows, and he has many permanent installations throughout Maryland, including a pink tower at the University of Maryland. A red log cabin stands at the

More iNforMATioN “intersections” is open to the public at the frederick Arts Council Art Center on 5 e. Second St. until Saturday, April 24. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on friday and Saturday. The center is closed on Sunday.

Center for Maryland Agricultural and Farm Park in Baltimore County. This show, however, is the first time he’s been able to exhibit so many of his towers in one place. Shaffer said creating art is a drive that will never go away. “Some people are very casual about it, this is something to do in their spare time, but for me, it was a compulsion,” he said. “And even now it remains like that.”

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HowTech AidsWealth Management

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or anyone trying to create a long-term estate plan, it may seem like the sheer array and complexity of alternatives— trusts, charitable strategies and insurance vehicles, added to an ever-lengthening list of publicly traded asset classes, private funds, collectibles and other investments—is overwhelming. But some advisors combine technology with personal advice to help clients reach decisions. For example, many advisors use technology to assess multiple scenarios to illustrate how different wealth planning choices interact with investment decisions and affect the probabilities for your plan’s success.The resultant data helps you and your adviser reach conclusions, and the process continues until a wealth plan has been developed that hopefully aligns with your risk tolerance and longterm objectives. The point, then, is that using such analysis will help take some of the financial guesswork out of the wealth planning process. It’s designed to help make investment decisions, such as how different asset allocations might impact long-term security. Using such analytical tools can quantify the probabilities of successfully achieving a range of lifestyle, legacy and philanthropic goals. Data-driven decision-making opens the door to wealth and investment management planning that supports an emphasis on legacy objectives. The Alliance Bernstein Wealth Forecasting System is one example.The system stress-tests your wealth portfolio, helping determine when to add life insurance, what the right deaths benefit are and how installment sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts fare in transferring wealth to grandchildren and more remote descendants. Also 8

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considered is how charitable giving programs—such as using a private foundation—can add value for the family and the charity, providing a platform to instill the virtue of charity in future generations. The firm describes this as a quantitative forecasting tool. The resulting plan can be adjusted as markets and the family’s circumstances change. Glenmede uses WealthView, its interactive financial management platform, initiating conversations about impact investing, which can help your children become more active participants in family meetings, maintaining contact with their peer advisors as their interests and responsibilities expand. These analytical tools include capi|

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tal markets engines, deploying research and historical data to create a range of market returns, and considers the linkages in and among capital markets and unpredictability. Models analyze volatility for each asset class. Mortality is modeled using the firm’s proprietary simulation model, creating a range of death ages for you as a wealth distributor to your heirs, a foundational part of intergenerational wealth management. A goals-based wealth review helps you visualize the complex relationship between your goals, investments, risk and wealth planning alternatives across different scenarios. As the wealth management advisory process becomes more automated,

wealth managers insist that it will feel more bespoke and personalized.Wealth service providers are developing a wide assortment of technology-driven tools. Customers are used to anytime, anywhere, any device access— so why not in wealth management? The next-generation digital wealth management platforms will center on investor goals and their measurement: tools for meeting life goals and tracking performance against those goals, using analytics to get an integrated view. Not all these tools will be appropriate for everyone, but it’s important to know what options are out there. –from the Law Office of Lena A. Clark 129 W. Patrick St., #11, Frederick; lenaclarklegal.com


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IsYour Exercise Program Enough? BY KATRINA WOLF

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rive by any senior living community or suburban neighborhood on a nice day and you will see people out walking. Walking is great exercise; it burns calories and improves aerobic conditioning. But according to the American College of Sports Medicine, walking by itself is not enough. The ACSM recommends 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity a week—that’s 30 minutes five times a week, which can include brisk walking—as well as strength training a minimum of two days a week. Balance training should be incorporated in your exercise program, as well. BeNefiTS of STreNGTh TrAiNiNG for olDer ADUlTS

We begin to lose muscle mass in our 30s and the process only speeds up as we age—and it accelerates even faster for those who are sedentary. Strength training has shown to not only help older adults live longer, but also to improve their quality of life. Benefits include: • Improved strength • Improved muscle mass • Improved physical function • Improved management of chronic health conditions and lowering the risk of developing them • Managing conditions such as lower back pain and obesity

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last two to three reps of each exercise should be somewhat difficult; when you are completing 15 reps easily, you need to increase your weight. Strength training can include: • Free weights or weight machines • Resistance bands • Body weight exercises (good ole counter push-ups!) iS STreNGTh TrAiNiNG oK for eVerYoNe?

With a few unusual exceptions, yes! But always check with your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise program, and if you have any health conditions, such as arthritis or cardiac conditions, check with your doctor to see if you have any restrictions.

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The ACSM recommends eight to 10 strength training exercises with 10 to 15 reps per exercise. These exercises should address all the muscle groups. Also, to reap long-term benefits from strength training, the program should be progressive. The 10

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your doctor. Exercise is rarely contraindicated. Once cleared, here are some ideas: • Check out your local senior centers, as they often have low-cost exercise programs and they are delivering them virtually right now. Make sure you are advancing your weight or resistance to get the most benefit. • YouTube has tons and tons of videos of exercise programs, including videos geared to seniors • Check out your local gym, as many are offering virtual classes. • The community you live in may have a great fitness facility. • Consider getting a personal trainer. As a personal trainer myself, I am biased, but I do believe it’s a good investment to make sure you are getting a program that’s right for you and that you are progressing to

get the most benefit. Make sure you research the trainer you are considering. Are they certified by a reputable organization? ACSM, NASM, and ACE are among the most reputable. Look for a certified Senior Fitness Specialist or someone with a proven track record working with seniors. Ask for references. Strength training should be a cornerstone of any fitness program, but it is especially important for adults over 55 in order to remain strong and independent as they age. – Provided by the Elder Services Provider Council Katrina Wolf is a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. She presented this information during ESPC’s virtual monthly “A Compass for Caregivers” series. Register for the April 8 seminar, “NavigatingYour Self-Care Options,” at espcfrederick.com/caregiver-education.


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16 Questions to Ask a New Doctor

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here are many reasons why you might be looking for a new doctor. Maybe you’ve moved to another city, or perhaps your doctor is retiring. If you need a new doctor, these questions should help you find one who is right for you. Choose the questions that best fit your situation. 1. Is the doctor taking new patients? 2. Is the doctor a preferred provider

under my insurance plan?

3. Does the doctor accept Medi-

care?

4. Is the doctor board certified? In

what field?

5. Will language be an obstacle to

communication? Is there someone in the office who speaks my language? 6. Do I prefer a group practice or an individual doctor? 7. Does it matter which hospital the doctor admits patients to? 8. Is the location of the doctor’s office important? How far am I willing to travel to see the doctor? 9. Is there parking? What does it cost? Is the office on a bus or subway line? 10. Does the building have an elevator? What about ramps for a wheelchair or walker?

11. What days/hours does the doctor

see patients?

12. Are there times set aside for the

doctor to take phone calls? Does the doctor accept emailed questions? Is there a charge for this service? 13. Does the doctor ever make house calls? 14. How far in advance do I have to make appointments? 15. What’s the process for urgent care? How do I reach the doctor in an emergency? 16. Who takes care of patients after hours or when the doctor is away? –National Institute on Aging

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HowYour Heart Changes with Age

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eople age 65 and older are much more likely than younger people to suffer a heart attack, to have a stroke or to develop coronary heart disease—commonly called heart disease—and heart failure. Heart disease is also a major cause of disability, limiting the activity and eroding the quality of life of millions of older people. Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. For example, as you get older, your heart can’t beat as fast during physical activity or times of stress as it did when you were younger. However, the number of heartbeats per minute (heart rate) at rest does not change significantly with normal aging. Changes that happen with age may increase a person’s risk of heart disease, a major cause of which is the buildup of fatty deposits in the walls of arteries over many years. The good news is there are things you can do to delay, lower, or possibly avoid or reverse your risk. The most common aging change is increased stiffness of the large arteries, called arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This causes high blood pressure, known as hypertension, which becomes more common as we age. High blood pressure and other risk factors, including advancing age, increase the risk of developing atherosclerosis. Because there are several modifiable risk factors for atherosclerosis, it is not necessarily a normal part of aging. Plaque builds up inside the walls of your arteries and, over time, hardens and narrows your arteries, which limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and 12

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CheCK YoUr BlooD PreSSUre As you get older, it’s important for you to have your blood pressure checked regularly, even if you are healthy. This is because changes in your arteries as you age can lead to hypertension. You may feel fine, but if not treated, high blood pressure could lead to stroke and problems with your heart, eyes, brain and kidneys. To manage high blood pressure, exercise, dietary changes, and reducing your salt intake can help, but as aging changes in the arteries often cause high blood pressure in older age, medication is often necessary. It is not uncommon to need more than one medication to control your blood pressure. GETTY

other parts of your body. Oxygen and blood nutrients are supplied to the heart muscle through the coronary arteries. Heart disease develops when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, reducing blood flow to your heart muscle. Over time, the heart muscle can become weakened and/ or damaged, resulting in heart failure. Heart damage can be caused by heart attacks, long-standing hypertension and diabetes, and chronic heavy alcohol use. Age can cause other changes to the heart. For example: • There are age-related changes in the electrical system that can lead to |

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arrhythmias—a rapid, slowed or irregular heartbeat—and/or the need for a pacemaker. Valves—the one-way, door-like parts that open and close to control blood flow between the chambers of your heart—may become thicker and stiffer. Stiffer valves can limit the flow of blood out of the heart and become leaky, both of which can cause fluid to build up in the lungs or in the body (legs, feet, and abdomen). • The chambers of your heart may increase in size. The heart wall thickens, so the amount of blood that a chamber can hold may decrease despite the increased overall heart size. The heart may fill more slowly.

Long-standing hypertension is the main cause of increased thickness of the heart wall, which can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm problem in older people. • With increasing age, people become more sensitive to salt, which may cause an increase in blood pressure and/or ankle or foot swelling (edema). Other factors, such as thyroid disease or chemotherapy, may also weaken the heart muscle. Things you can’t control, like your family history, might increase your risk of heart disease. Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle might help you avoid or delay serious illness. –National Institute on Aging


H E A LT H

What Causes Hair Loss? Hair loss affects those from all walks of life. People may think that male-pattern baldness is the only form of hair loss. However, it affects both genders, and the reasons behind it are numerous. Men and women may be embarrassed by hair loss. Getting to the root of the problem may lead to treatment and help slow it down. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It can affect the scalp or the entire body, and may be permanent or temporary. It’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day, although many men and women shed more than that. Certain things can contribute to hair loss.

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Menopause is a potential hormonal trigger of hair loss. eXCeSS ViTAMiN A

The American Academy of Dermatology said overdoing vitamin A supplements or medications can trigger hair loss. The daily recommended value of vitamin A is 5,000 IU for adults. If you consume more than that, you may be at risk for hair loss. hereDiTY

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aging, according to the Mayo Clinic.This is called androgenic alopecia, which refers to male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It occurs gradually and follows a predictable pattern. For men, this is a receding hairline and bald spots. For women, it is usually thinning hair along the crown of the scalp.

Being rough on hair while washing and brushing, or over-styling it with chemical or heated devices, can lead to hair loss. Once the cause is determined, those who experience hair loss can take steps to mitigate it. Medications or supplements can be adjusted, greater care can be used when styling the hair and illnesses can be treated.Those with genetic hair loss can speak with a dermatologist about the array of topical or surgical hair replacement solutions available.

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According toWebMD, hair loss can be a sign of disease or a byproduct of certain medical treatments.Thyroid diseases, anemia, ringworm, high fevers, chronic stress, radiation and chemotherapy, and diabetes can contribute to hair loss.

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Acceptable Items: prescription & over-the-counter medications (in pill form only), prescription patches (fentanyl & nicotine replacement), medication for pets (in pill form only) Unacceptable Items: needles/sharps, inhalers, thermometers, aerosol cans, ointments, liquids, lotions, hydrogen peroxide, medicine from businesses or clinics

Stay InThe Know by visiting stayintheknow.org/opioids A collaborative effort of local law enforcement, local government, and the Frederick County Health Department with funding from MDH and SAMHSA, 2020.

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moves to energize & awaken the body. These will include standing & sitting asanas (postures). Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Meditation and Movement (M&M) — Tai chi inspired seated exercise class. The focus is on releasing tension in the body through slow movement and deep breathing. Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. SPARK! — Strength training mixed with simple cardiovascular movement and stretching. Using body weight and light hand-held weights. Class is primarily standing and a chair for some activity. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Yoga Nidra (aka yogic sleep) — Helps induce a conscious meditative state between waking and sleeping. The practice reduces stress and improves sleep. You may lie on the floor, bed or recliner. Thursdays, 9 a.m. Joy of Movement — “Aging Backwards: Ec-

Virtual 50+ Center live virtual fitness classes Preregister. $60 fitness pass for April-June classes. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun! Includes a review of basic steps. Mondays, 2:45 p.m. Floor Yoga — Focus on alignment of the muscular and skeletal structures, along with breathing techniques using both held and moving postures. Mondays, 5 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio, low-impact dance moves and fun, energizing music. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. Strength & Stretch — Using light weights (or soup cans or water bottles). Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional & non-traditional yoga 14

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centrics for Seniors” is a dynamic, gentle, full-body movement that increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility. Done seated or standing, with modifications, so it is safe and accessible for everyone. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga — Slower paced, less intense, minimalistic, accessible by most bodies and easily adaptable to a chair. Addresses a variety of challenges of aging. Consistent practice may help with sore muscles, joint stiffness, stress, muscle tension, flexibility, mobility and balance. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun! Includes in-depth step instruction building on previous weeks. Fridays, 9 a.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and fun music. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Yin Yang Yoga — Brings together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more active dynamic sequences and standing postures; working on the muscles and blood

flow, and building strength, stamina and flexibility. AARP TAX-AIDE PREPARATIONS IN FREDERICK COUNTY Options include drop-off, low-contact, traditional scan, contact-free and self-preparation. Continues through April 15 at: — Brunswick Eagles Club, 401 Central Ave., Brunswick. Tuesdays and Thursdays, drop-off only. — Braddock Heights Community Center, 4834 Schley Ave., Braddock Heights, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with drop-off, traditional scanning and low-contact options. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the days indicated. In all cases, except self-preparation, taxpayers MUST have a picture ID, Social Security card, a copy of 2019 tax return and all 2020 documents when arriving at the preparation site. For more information, call 301-830-5288.

APRIL 1 Knit/Crochet Group Socialize while working on your projects. Preregister. Free. Also


APRIL CALENDAR meets April 8, 15, 22 and 29. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Open Duckpin Bowling With the Senior Recreation Council. Every Thursday. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Walkersville Bowling Lanes, Walkersville Contact: Gerald, 240-651-1865 Coffee and Conversation Gather with friends while sipping a cup of your favorite beverage. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 3 Thurmont Main Street Indoor Farmers Market Saturdays through May 1. Locally made honey, sauces, goat soap, baked goods, red Angus beef and other meats. Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Unit C2, Thurmont Contact: www.thurmontmainstreet. com First Saturday Music, art, shopping dining in downtown Frederick. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-698-8118 or www.downtownfrederick.org

APRIL 6 TED Talk Watch a short video (link to videos mailed weekly) and join the discussion. Preregister, free. Also meets April 13, 20 and 27. Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Arts Matters Artist Talk/Webinar Artists participating in the Bug Invitational exhibition discuss their work. Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick Contact: 301-698-0656 or www. delaplaine.org Drawing Class Each week there will be a drawing prompt with step-by-step instruction. For all skill levels. Preregister, free. Also meets April 13, 20 and 27. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 7 Good News Only! This discussion centers on incorporating positivity into your daily life. Preregister, free. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Softball Practice With the Senior Recreation Council. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Pinecliff Park, 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick Contact: Adrian, 301-662-6623

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instruction will be offered for soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles. Preregister, free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 10 New to Medicare Workshop New to Medicare, or will be soon? Join this overview of the program. Trained SHIP staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand Medicare benefits, bills and Medicare rights. Preregister, free. Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 8 A Compass for Caregivers: Finding Your Way Navigating your self-care options is this month’s topic. Free, preregister. Presented by the Elder Services Provider Council of Frederick. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Via Zoom Contact: www.espcfrederick.com

Foraging Level 1: Spring Mushroom Foray Join Jared Urcheck for this special forage to see what spring bounty lies along the trails of Frederick’s Municipal Forest. $40. Preregister. Time: 1 p.m. Location: A program of Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center, Jefferson Contact: 301-418-8248 or foxhavenfarm.org

APRIL 9 Craft and Conversation: Tote/ Craft Box A supply list will be emailed once you register. Preregister, free. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 12 My African Travels: Five-week series Often referred to as the “Mother Land,” Africa is a complex and colorful historical and cultural mosaic. The first week will be an overview of this diverse continent of more than 50 countries and 1,500 languages; their similarities and their differences, the stereotypes and the realities. During the next four weeks, we will head to North Africa and Tunisia, seat of the “Arab Spring”; experience “Africa Light” in Sub-Saharan Ghana; visit Ethiopia, land of myths and legends on the eastern Horn of Africa; and go beyond genocide in the central African, “Lake District” nation of Rwanda. Also meets April 19 and 26, May 3 and 10. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by

Grand Canyon National Park: The Land That Shapes Us During this virtual program, explore the land use at this national park, investigate the historic relationship between the NPS and Grand Canyon’s 11 traditionally associated tribes, consider how the past influences the present, and learn how to affect positive change for this national treasure. Presented by GCNP Park Rangers. Preregister, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. 16

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APRIL 13 Lilly Stone: A Daring Woman Lilly Stone is a story of country life and manners near the nation’s capital in the late 1800s, and a daring woman’s life. Stone was born during the Civil War, and she died during the Cold War. In 1924, at age 63, she founded and operated Stoneyhurst, a quarry for colorful stone used in part of the National Cathedral, National Zoo and hundreds of other buildings. Offered though the Montgomery County Historical Society Speakers Bureau. $5 person. Preregister. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 14 Nutrition with Giant: The Sustainable Diet Learn how the food we eat affects our health and the planet. Review the “How Good” rating system and smartphone apps can help you fill your shopping cart and your meal plan in a more sustainable way and with less food waste. Preregister, free. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Color and Conversation Supply your own coloring book and pencils. Preregister, free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual

50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 15 Accessing Care Join staff from Md. Access Point, Adult Evaluation and Referral Services and Senior Care to learn how to gain in-depth knowledge of your medical and psychosocial needs; about resources and services that may help you avoid or delay unnecessary out-of-home care. MAP can open pathways to services in the community for anyone 55 or older or anyone age 18 and older with disability. Preregister, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 16 To-Go BOGO Restaurant Week Continues daily through April 24. Bollingers Restaurant, Rocky’s N.Y. Pizza, Thurmont Bar and Grill, Celebrations Catering, Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, Fratelli’s N.Y. Pizza, Roy Rogers. Time: Restaurant hours Location: Thurmont Contact: thurmontmainstreet.com

APRIL 17 Frederick Coin and Currency Show Continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18. Free admission. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Frederick Elks Club, 289 Willowdale Drive, Frederick Contact: 443-623-7025 or www. coinshows.com/frederick_co.html Presented by CEO, Coin

APRIL 19 Medicare Minute Learn updates about Medicare and Medicare-related subsidy pro-


APRIL CALENDAR grams, followed by a time for questions and answers. Trained state health insurances program staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand benefits, bills and Medicare rights. Preregister, free. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 20 Emotional Health in the Time of COVID A discussion on managing mood and emotions during this time of isolation. Preregister, free. Time: 1:15 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Boat Maryland Safety Course Taught by trained instructors and must be a minimum of eight hours in length. Instructors may use visual aides, movies, projected images and other methods to provide information to class members. Continues April 22 and 24. Free, preregister. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Izaak Walton League of America Frederick Chapter 1, 4719 Reels Mill Road, Frederick Contact: Ben Kelkye at ben@kelkye.com

APRIL 21 Experts in Arthritis Guidance for those with arthritis and those who care about them. Learn practical strategies to take control and manage it; the role of nutrition and exercise in disease management. Preregister, free. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center

Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Craft and Conversation: Sharpie Painted Mug A supply list will be emailed once you register. Preregister, free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

APRIL 22 Everglades National Park Virtual program, visiting different habitats in the park, from the Hardwood Hammocks to the Sawgrass Prairies; learn about wildlife and restoration efforts. Preregister, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Genealogy and Family History Class: Revolutionary War Bounty Land Scrips Act 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@ msn.com

APRIL 24 Bring a Broom Saturday Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. Free. Must preregister by April 19 for placement: bringabroom2021. eventbrite.com. Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-698-4881 or www.downtownfrederick.org THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

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Club, Kathy Brown recently presented a webinar on birding for Frederick County Public Libraries in which she noted that worldwide there are 10,000 bird species. Of those, 1,154 can be found in North America and 442 species have been found in Maryland. Colombia is the birdiest country in the world, with more 1,800 species. Brown, who has headed the Catoctin Christmas Bird Count for MOS for a number of years, said that over the last 10 years compared with the previous 10, there has been a dramatic decline in some bird species in Frederick County. The number of American kestrels has declined by 35 percent, mourning doves are down by a third, Northern mockingbirds by 37 percent, song sparrows by 27 percent, American goldfinch by 47 percent and Carolina chickadees by 27 percent. Nearly gone are the northern bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant. On the upside, there has been an increase in the wild turkey, black vultures and raven populations. Brown moved to Frederick County 20 years ago. After going birding with a friend, she thought that joining the Frederick Bird Club would be a chance to meet people and develop a new hobby. MOS has about 2,000 members statewide, and the Frederick chapter has about 60 members. “For some, their interest in birds is looking at a feeder through the window, and for others, it’s looking at birds around the world even if it means going to some uncomfortable places just to see birds,” Brown said. Prior to the pandemic, she traveled to South Africa 18

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On a recent chilly March morning, members of the Frederick Bird Club gathered at Pinecliff Park to walk in search of interesting birds. From left are Lois Kauffman and Lynn Keffer, both club field trip leaders, and Bonnie and Bill Borsa.

The best time to bird is in spring because all birds are in breeding plumage, the flashiest.” –Bonnie Borsa, Frederick where she spotted a bird on her bucket list, the secretary bird, a raptor. Avitourism is popular with many birders. Bonnie Borsa, of Frederick, is one of them. “I do travel to bird,” she said. “I’ve gone to Costa Rica, South Africa and Alaska” on organized birding trips “to see as many birds as possible.” “The best time to bird is in spring because all birds are in breeding plumage, the flashiest,” she said. Late April through early May is the peak time. “If they breed in your yard, they stay in the area year-round,” said David Smith. That includes cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, Carolina wrens and most woodpeckers. Some, like juncos and white-throated sparrows, are only here in winter, he said. Fall brings migrants, and around July, |

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birding is at its slowest locally because the breeding season is over, the young have left the nest, migration hasn’t started and the birds are not as vocal. To maximize your chances of seeing a variety of birds, you have to get up with the sun unless, of course, you are looking for night birds, then you have to hoot with the owls.The slowest time of day for birdwatching is between 1 and 3 p.m. It picks up again at dusk when birds return to their roosts. The Thrill of It All

Every birder has stories about that special bird(s). Borsa saw an evening grosbeak in the county recently, which, she said, “hasn’t happened for decades.” Another “hot” sighting in Frederick was off Schifferstadt Boulevard, where a purported Pacific-slope flycatcher was seen. “It is so similar to another western flycatcher species that an avid birder collected bird droppings to analyze the DNA to see if it indeed was the Pacific-slope flycatcher,” she said. “People from all over the state came to see that bird.” Earlier this year, a male painted bunting, a more southern species, was spotted along the C&O Canal in Mont-

gomery County. Birders by the hundreds flocked to the towpath to catch a glimpse of the colorful visitor. Another became a regular feeder visitor to a yard in Myersville. This past winter, a greater whitefronted goose, rarely seen east of the Mississippi, visited Whittier Lake in Frederick, where it’s not unusual to see hundreds of Canada geese. “One quite rare for here, a barnacle goose was sighted and many birders went to see it,” said Borsa. “One birder commented, ‘Trying to find it is an exercise just like Where’s Waldo’.” In contrast, when a Ross’s goose showed up (solid white), one birder commented, ‘Finding that bird is like seeing a nun in a biker bar’.” Calvert was thrilled to see a common gallinule, a bird of the deep south, at Lilypons. “That’s not going to happen again,” she said. And when there were reports of a swallow-tailed kite around Baker Park, she went on the hunt. Knowing it would be following open fields, she finally landed a look at this bird behind Walkersville High School. “To me, highlights are any day when I have many of a species pass through” or birds exhibiting a specific behavior, like nesting or feeding their young, she said.


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Homewood at Frederick’s assisted living offers a comfortable environment for seniors who can no longer live without some assistance. Staff provide assistance with daily living activities such as medication management, bathing, and dressing. Residents enjoy three delicious meals a day, engage in a variety of social activities and participate in regular outings. Residents feel right at home while benefitting from great companionship and care in a secure setting.

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