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Times change, but volunteer firefighters remain dedicated to answering the call

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t 91 years old, Jack Fleischman’s day usually starts with a cup of coffee at the oldest volunteer fire company in continuous operation in the state. Members of Independent Hose Company in Frederick say you could set a watch to his routine. They tell the rookies to make sure the pot is on before 6:30 a.m. When Jack walks into the room, someone offers him a place to sit. If they don’t hear from him, a member will drop by his house. He means that much to them. Fleischman doesn’t ask for special treatment, but it’s something his fellow firefighters believe he’s earned. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Fleischman can’t socialize at the station like he used to, but his friendships remain strong. Fleischman joined the department at 16 years old in 1945. Before the World War II draft took most of the men, you had to be at least 18 to join. He’d been around the station from a young age. His father Earl was a member and his mother Ella was part of the auxiliary. “It takes a lot of time and you’ve got to be dedicated,” Fleischman said. As a young man, he had plenty of examples of dedication to look to. There’s been a Fleischman from his family at Independent Hose since it formed in 1818. The equipment Fleischman used as a young firefighter was quite different from today. They didn’t have state-of-the-art breathing apparatus, they had canister air masks. And if you did any real work while wearing one, he said, you couldn’t breathe well. The turnout gear was stiff and heavy, made from cotton duck fabric and canvas. When Fleischman joined, they had two engines. Now, Independent Hose has that, plus six more apparatus. 4

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Jack Fleischman, 91, seated, and Chuck Handley, 63, have served for decades in various capacities at Independent Hose Company in Frederick. Fleischman, the company’s eldest member, still stops by the firehouse early each morning for a cup of coffee.

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Fleischman was drafted at 21 to serve in the Korean War. He suffered a shrapnel injury and lost sight in one eye, which kept him from making a career of firefighting. However, as a volunteer, he proved he could fight fires as well as anyone.

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In the 1970s, a young Chuck Handley responded to

his first working fire. He was nervous, but reassured that veteran firefighter Jack Fleischman was on the hose line with him. “We always said Jack was the first in and the last out,” said Handley, now 63 and second vice president of the company.


Edie Rinehart, now 63 and retired, became the first female firefighter hired by the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. She’s also been a volunteer, dating back to the mid-1970s at Wolfsville.

Fleischman remembers that fire. It was at a bowling alley. As Fleischman crawled up a bowling lane, his hand plunged through a hole that had burned in the floor. It was what they’d been searching for — the source of the fire. Fleischman called it a stroke of luck. Handley looked up to Fleischman, but he, too, would grow up to become someone young firefighters admired. He’s been president and chief of the company. Independent Hose Chief Brian Grossnickle said people like Fleischman and Handley “paved the road for what the fire service is now in Frederick County.” Since he was a child, Handley knew he wanted to be a firefighter like his dad Charlie. “Kids hung out at the firehouse back then.” Now, since there are more opportunities to get

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I didn’t go for it because I was the female, [it was] mainly because I was competitive against my brother. –Edie Rinehart paid fighting fires, you don’t see as many volunteers, Handley said. A positive change over the years has been in train-

ing and equipment. Pagers notify first responders of an emergency. Turnout gear protects them better. Thermal imaging cameras can locate victims. “My first helmet was kind of like a tin helmet,

then you went to a plastic helmet and none of that was really fire resistant,” said Frank Davis, of Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg. Davis has been running calls for 43 years, since he was 18. He is the emergency medical services captain at Vigilant Hose and a past chief. His father Allen inspired him to get into the fire service. “Once it gets in your blood, it’s there,” Davis said. Before the 911 system, the restaurant his parents owned, The Palms Restaurant, blew the siren to rally Emmitsburg’s firefighters, Davis said. Alan Hurley, chief of Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire

Company, remembers when members used to fight to get on an engine. “If you were a little slow, you weren’t on it,” said Hurley, 65.

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Helping Nonprofits Survive Volunteers critical to meeting basic human needs

FOR MORE INFORMATION Frederick Rescue Mission Volunteer Coordinator* 301-695-6633, ext. 221 therescuemission.volunteerhub.com

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espite being in a pandemic that has stretched for almost a year, community members are still willing to give their time to help local nonprofits. The Frederick Community Action Agency, the Frederick Rescue Mission and United Way of Frederick County are among nonprofits in the county that meet basic human needs, and each utilizes volunteers in different ways. At the Frederick Rescue Mission, whose services include assisting those experiencing chemical addiction, homelessness and hunger, volunteers help with many tasks, including food preparation and distribution, serving food, helping at the Rescue Mission’s front desk and assisting at Rescued Treasures, the mission’s clothing program, “and other duties as assigned,” said Sandie Hall, public relations coordinator. “Ordinarily we have 40 to 50 volunteers a day on campus. During COVID, we are seeing 15 to 20,” Hall said. “We’re not anywhere up to our full capacity of volunteers.We really rely so heavily on them and their efforts.” Generally, and overwhelmingly perhaps, Hall said the people who volunteer at the mission are all in. “Their heart is to be here,” she said. “Especially at a time like this, when the COVID pandemic has made life so difficult, especially for many of the people that we serve, and our volunteers are acutely aware of that need, and so they 6

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Frederick Community Action Agency Chris Bard: 301-600-3972 Main number: 301-600-1506 cityoffrederickmd.gov/191/ Volunteering * As of press time, volunteering was temporarily suspended.

“Once you get to sit in community with others in the rawness of life, you get a better perspective of what life is really like.” Volunteers are also vital at United

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Lenora Staley, 87, has been volunteering serving breakfast at the Frederick Rescue Mission for nearly eight years.

really are trying to do and want to do all they can, even more so during this time.” Hall also called volunteer’s the Rescue Mission’s lifeblood. “We really, really want every dollar that comes in to go into people’s mouths and on their back and to helping them to change their lives,” she said. “[Volunteers’] effort, their heart, their passion to come along and partner with us … is helping … to make sure that those dollars go where they’re most needed.” Board member Alyce Luck, 69, has volunteered at the mission for about nine years and is in the kitchen weekly.

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Luck was the service learning coordinator at Frederick High School for about 15 of her 24 years there as a teacher and would offer students opportunities to serve in the community. “The Rescue Mission was one of the places that I would even take them for visits when I taught sociology, and so it was on my bucket list of places to volunteer,” she said, adding that she also volunteers at Frederick Health Hospital. All of her volunteer experiences allow her to learn something she didn’t know before, from another person’s perspective. “Everybody’s on a journey,” she said.

Way of Frederick County, which offers programs such as Volunteers In Tax Assistance (VITA), where IRS-certified volunteers help low-to-moderate income people with free tax preparation services. “There’s several ways that we use volunteers,” said Shana Knight, marketing and outreach manager. “And we do have our own programs that happen several times throughout the year … like Day of Action, VITA.” While some older volunteers are, understandably, exercising caution when it comes to volunteering in person, people are still willing to volunteer their time. “People who probably never volunteered before are wanting to help out just because of the circumstances,” Knight said. “We definitely see a lot of people being very generous.” See Volunteers, 21


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modifications to these rules if an IRA has been left to be divided among multiple heirs. The key takeaway here is to not make any immediate decisions after inheriting an IRA, but to consult with a financial professional about what the best move is in your situation. Making the Future Easier

As for any IRAs you have now, you can make life easier for your heirs by updating any beneficiary designations. It’s a common misconception that a will can override any IRA designations. It

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Q&A: With Dr. Barbara Brookmyer

County health officer discusses COVID-19 vaccination effort

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As more people have an effective protective immune response, the virus will not be able to spread to as many people.

By Greg Swatek News-Post Staff

s the county health officer, Dr. Barbara Brookmyer is a point person for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, which has been described by Gov. Larry Hogan as one of the largest peacetime undertakings in American history. The effort has required months of planning by the Frederick County Health Department and Frederick Health Hospital, as well as an extensive public relations campaign geared toward people who are skeptical about getting the vaccine. Below, Brookmyer shares her feelings about this enormous effort to get people vaccinated and bring the coronavirus pandemic to an end, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

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What has been the most impressive thing to you about Operation Warp Speed and the vaccine production process, from the start of the pandemic until now? As soon as the pandemic hit, the scientific community began deciphering the virus in order to create the vaccines we’re seeing today. Their collective commitment to seeing the vaccine process through, from initial research to vaccine production, while following standard safety protocols throughout, has been remarkable. The federal in10

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Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County’s health officer, provides an update on the ongoing vaccine rollout during a televised briefing at Winchester Hall, the county government office in downtown Frederick.

vestment in and the gamble of funding and initiating the vaccine production prior to FDA approval so that vaccine could be administered the day after FDA Emergency Use Authorization was granted was also a game changer. How would you describe the county health department’s preparation for both the arrival of the vaccine and the rollout process?

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We began preparations for the vaccine rollout months ago, following information and guidance we had been receiving from the Maryland Department of Health. We created a team dedicated to planning, organizing and vaccinating Frederick County residents. Since its inception, this team has been doing its planning work based on guidance received. As the guidance has changed, the team has responded

in fashion. For example, the partnership between the CDC and CVS and Walgreens to provide vaccinations for our long-term care and assisted living facilities has been a welcome addition to the effort. The FCHD has had to be flexible and responsive in an ever-changing landscape, as the pandemic influenza plans that we modified after the H1N1 pandemic (which began in 2009) and exercised components of


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in the ensuing years did not include the same physical distancing and other requirements. What are your biggest concerns about this massive undertaking to inoculate the general public? Aside from ensuring that everyone who wants to get vaccinated will be able to, I believe ensuring that our first responders, frontline health care workers, vulnerable seniors, essential workers and underserved populations are able to receive the vaccine as it becomes available is crucial. What do you feel the biggest successes have been so far? The collective efforts of multiple state and county entities coming together to help our community stay safe and healthy. The distribution of the vaccine to the hospitals soon after FDA Emergency Use Authorization so that the frontline hospital workers could be protected sooner is another notable success. The CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program vaccinating the nursing home residents and staff in almost all of the Frederick County nursing homes … is another notable success. How long do you anticipate it will take for this vaccine to really make an impact in our fight against this virus? When might we start seeing some tangible results? There are so many variables involved in making predictions like this. Vaccine availability, for one, can contribute to delays in any time line.

Vaccine hesitancy is also a contributing factor to predicting where this effort will go. The duration of the effective protection of the vaccine will also impact the potential for sustained transmission of the virus in our community. As more people have an effective protective immune response, the virus will not be able to spread to as many people. What would you say to people who are concerned about getting the vaccine? The world was presented with this novel virus a little over a year ago and, in a relatively short period of time, we already have vaccines available. And, even though mRNA technology (the integral component of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines) has existed for years, it has not been used at this scale, in this capacity. Considering the “newness” of both the SARS CoV-2 virus and the vaccine that can combat it, hesitancy is completely understandable. Add to this that, when it comes to vaccinations and medical treatment, history has not been kind to some populations. Our health disparities have been exposed to a greater extent, with the virus having a disproportionate adverse impact on our minority communities. As a result of all of these factors, vaccine hesitancy is not only understandable, but expected. I would ask that if, for any reason, you are concerned or hesitant, do your research, get your information from trusted sources, do not rely on social media for medical information and, as vaccinations take place, talk to people who have been vaccinated. We will do our part to keep our community safe and healthy. We ask that you consider those whose livelihood does not permit them to avoid contact with persons who are infected and consider those who are dependent upon care from others who live and shop in our community.

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es, the COVID-19 global pandemic certainly turned the world of international travel upside down in 2020. However, if you are planning to travel this year when restrictions ease, you should know the U.S. State Department is processing applications for renewing expired passports and getting new ones. As of mid-January, it was taking 10 to12 weeks to process a passport, from the time of application to delivery in the mail. That’s up from the six to eight weeks it typically took before the pandemic. The centers where passport processors work have been opening gradually and applications are being handled in the order they arrive. However, as of December 2020, the State Department’s website noted there were an “extremely limited” number of in-person appointments available at processing centers, and that those seeking to renew in-person had to meet certain criteria, such as urgent overseas travel. So, right now, applying by mail is your best option, and it’s never too early to begin your preparation. First, have you checked the expiration date on your passport? Have your family members or future traveling companions? If it turns out any of your passports expire in 2021, why not apply now? Passports are good for 10 years and you will save money and stress by not waiting until the last minute. It costs $110 to renew a passport when you use the routine service. However, if you need to use the expedited service, you will pay an additional $60 per application. 12

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Keep in mind that many countries require your U.S. passport to be valid at least six months past your dates of travel. If it is less than that, you could be denied boarding of your outbound flight or even turned around at customs. Some countries have also instituted blank-page minimums for entry (such as two to four pages), so you need to make sure your passport has adequate blank pages for the entry or exit stamps. As of 2016, it is no longer possible to pay for the insertion of additional visa pages into your current U.S. passport. Now, if you fill up all your

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR Frederick County Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center live virtual fitness classes.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. Strength Training/Gentle Stretching — Using light weights (or soup cans or water bottles).

Preregister. $60 fitness pass for January-March classes. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD. gov

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional and non-traditional yoga moves to energize and awaken the body. These will include standing and sitting asanas (postures).

Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun!

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music.

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. 14

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Tuesdays, 1:30 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.

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Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. SPARK! — Strength training mixed with simple cardiovascular movement and stretching. Using body weight and light handheld 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 a recliner. Thursdays, 9 a.m. Strength & Stretch — Using light weights (or soup cans or water bottles). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional and non-traditional yoga moves to energize and awaken the body. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving, and have fun!

Fridays, 9 a.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and fun music. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Joy of Movement — Aging Backwards: Eccentrics for Seniors is a dynamic, gentle, full-body movement that increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility. Done seated and standing, with modifications, so it is accessible for everyone. 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, building strength, stamina and flexibility.

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR sion program on world affairs. Foreign policy is made easier to understand in this course that offers background on issues facing America today. Topics are drawn from the 2021 Foreign Policy Association Briefing book and include topics such as the role of international organizations in a global pandemic, Brexit, and the fight over the melting Arctic. $5 plus a briefing book (approximately $32). Also meets Feb. 8, 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Volunteer Information Session – Online Learn about the Literacy Council of Frederick County and ways to get involved. Preregistration required. Also 11 a.m. Feb. 8. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online Contact: www.frederickliteracy.org/ volunteer/volunteer-registration-form or 301-600-2066

Feb. 2 Drawing Class For all skill levels. Preregister. Free. Also meets Feb. 9, 16 and 23. 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 Kitchen Kapers Live from their personal kitchens, staff members share some favorite recipes. Join Kitty while she makes pumpkin chili and corn bread. Preregister. Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center

Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Frederick Community Bible Study Visitor Day Meets via Zoom. Study on the Gospel of John. Women only bible study group. Visitor day is free. Registration fee if you decide to attend weekly. Study continues Tuesdays through March 30. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Via Zoom Contact: Frederick.cbsclass.org

Feb. 3 Property Rehab Programs Learn about the multiple property rehab programs and resources available in Frederick County. Maryland Access Point opens pathways to services in the community for anyone 55 or older or anyone 18 or older with a disability. 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

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Genealogy: Writing Family History Explore prompts and writing strategies to tell our stories to future generations. Preregister. Free. Also meets Feb. 10, 17 and 24. 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 Good News Only! Coffee and Conversation Good news roundup. Incorporate positivity into your daily life. Preregister. Free. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by

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Feb. 4 Knit/Crochet Socialize while working on your projects. Preregister. Free. Also meets Feb. 11, 18 and 25. 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

Feb. 8 Film Club Discuss the film “Dial M for Murder.” 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

Feb. 9 Virtual Program: Senior Sing-Along Experience the positive and transformative powers that music has on our brains as we age. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frederick County Public Libraries’ Facebook page Contact: www.fcpl.org or 301-600-1630 Craft and Conversation: Collage Drawings Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov 16

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Nutrition with Leslie: Lowering Your Numbers with Food Discover practical tips for making healthier food and lifestyle choices to help lower your numbers. Learn how to navigate food choices, read labels and plan meals when faced with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and high BMI. 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

Feb. 11 Good Stories Book Club Discuss the book “Anxious People,” by Fredrik Backman. 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 Ukulele Jam Session Learn and play a new song each month. 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

Feb. 12 Virtual Field Trip: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Discover works of art that highlight the diversity and breadth of the museum’s collection, which spans more than 5,000 years. Tour will be conducted by museum guides using high resolution images of artworks in a slideshow presentation.

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Preregister. $10. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Virtual Program: Wildlife Bingo The theme is Maryland plants and animals. Wildlife bingo cards will be provided. All ages. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Via Zoom, Frederick County Public Libraries’ Facebook page Contact: www.fcpl.org or 301-600-1630 MeatEater: Off The Air The MeatEater Podcast with Steven Rinella is an outdoor podcast covering hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation and wild foods. $49.50 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: www.weinbergcenter.org or 301-600-2828

Feb. 13 Valentine Floral All materials provided. Project kit will include a container, floral foam, selection of silk flowers and ribbon. Pick up kits at one of the 50+ Centers the week of Feb. 8. Preregister. $10. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Kitchen Kapers Live from their personal kitchens, Senior Services Division staff members share some favorite recipes. Join Dara while she makes chocolate-covered strawberries. Preregister. Free.

Time: Noon Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

Feb. 14 National Philharmonic Live Streamed Concert “Amore & Mozart.” Features four NatPhil wind players. Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Online Contact: https://nationalphilharmonic.org/event/amore-mozart

Feb. 16 Fun and Games Join some lively games celebrating Mardi Gras. Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Tutor Training Workshops — Online Experienced tutor trainers will help prepare you to tutor an adult English Language Learner or Basic Literacy (native English speaker) student. Completion of volunteer information session is required to attend this session. Must also attend Feb. 18, 23 and 25 sessions. Preregister with the Literacy Council of Frederick County. Free. Time 7 p.m. Location: Online, Literacy Council of Frederick County, Frederick Contact: www.frederickliteracy.org or 301-600-2066

Feb. 17 Medicare Related Savings Programs You may be able to access help paying your Medicare premiums. Medicare savings programs may pay Medicare part A, B and D de-


FEBRUARY CALENDAR ductibles, co-insurances and co-payments if you meet certain conditions. Preregister. Free. 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

Feb. 18 Long-distance Caregiving Join the Senior Services Division caregiver staff for tips and resources for caring for a loved one from a distance. 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

Feb. 23 The Science Hour: Rain Forests Simple experiments, trivia and discussion. Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

Feb. 24 Virtual Program: Mental Health and Older Adults Linda Meyers of the Frederick County Mental Health Association will discuss issues that are of particular concern to older adults, especially during this time of isolation. Live program with time for questions and answers. Free. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Via Zoom on the Frederick County Public Libraries’ Facebook page Contact: www.fcpl.org or 301-600-1630

Feb. 25 19th Century Freedom Fighters: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Francis Harper Discuss the lives and accomplishments of Douglass, an accomplished writer and diplomat in addition to his work as an abolitionist; Tubman, who not only led scores of slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad, but also served as a spy and a nurse during the Civil War; and Harper, a free black suffragist, poet and committed abolitionist. 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

Feb. 26 Virtual Field Trip: Baltimore Museum of Industry The museum, located in an 1860s oyster cannery, celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy. Explore the exhibits during a virtual tour. Preregister. $5. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Six Word Stories Legend says that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Can you tell a story in just six words? Preregister. Free. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

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Frank Davis, 61, of Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg, has been running calls for 43 years, since he was 18. He’s the emergency medical services captain at the company and a past chief.

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Before they can start tackling fires,

Hurley was drawn to firefighting when he began dating his future wife Bonny. He got to know her father Robert Albaugh, then an active member of Rocky Ridge. Hurley has been volunteering for 44 years and is president of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, which encompasses 25 area fire companies. Hurley’s memories of training are a bit hazy, literally. He recalls training in an old box trailer. They’d fill it with smoke and send you in blindfolded with your breathing apparatus, he said. He said his basic fire training took about 60 hours. Now, that training is closer to 100 hours. “It’s actually more knowledge-based than back when I took it,” he said, adding he believes these changes are for the better.

hopefuls have to prove they are physically capable. About 30 years ago, Edie Rinehart had a lot riding on the agility test. Rinehart, now 63 and retired, became the first female firefighter hired by the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. She’s also been a volunteer, dating back to the mid-1970s at Wolfsville, where she still volunteers, though she’s taken a break recently for her health. Rinehart was proud to be the first woman to pass the test, though she noted, “I didn’t go for it because I was the female, [it was] mainly because I was competitive against my brother”—her twin, in fact, Daniel Hughes. Rinehart’s brother, father Ernest and mother Margaret were all volunteers. She even met her husband Robert in the service.


Another constant in the fire service,

Rocky Ridge Chief Alan Hurley (left) and firefighter Wesley Burrier on the roof at the scene of a chimney fire on Warner Road in 2018

unfortunately, has been the toll the job can take. Handley remembers when eight members of the Burkett family perished in a 1977 house fire. “It really sticks in your mind,” he said. “Stress in the fire service is very high.” To better understand firefighters, he recommends locals visit their fire station — when the pandemic isn’t a threat —and get to know them. Though the job is tough, firefighters will continue to answer the call. “It’s just so fulfilling,” Rinehart said. “Even if you don’t see what you’ve done for people, you know you’ve helped them.” To become a volunteer, contact your local fire station or visit the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association online at fcvfra.com.

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Volunteers among a nonprofit’s most essential resources, Knight said. “A lot of times, nonprofits have a small staff. I feel like I can’t even really put it into words how important volunteers are.” At the Frederick Community Action

Agency, Chris Bard, supervisor of food and nutrition services, said volunteers are still helping out at the food bank and soup kitchen. The agency is the federally designated Community Action Agency for Frederick County. Started in 1968, the agency has sponsored by the city of Frederick and the Friends for Neighborhood Progress Inc. with support from Frederick County Government. It administers programs and services to assist disadvantaged and low-income people, according to the city’s website. “The way that COVID-19 has impacted that operation is prior to COVID-19, a lot of our volunteers

[were] in their 60s or older—not all of them but quite a bit of them—and quite naturally they didn’t want to come and help at that point due to health concerns,” he said. Because of that staff had to pick up a lot of the work.They still had volunteers come in, but not as many, Bard said. “We depend on volunteers.They help us so much,” he said. In December, the city of Frederick issued a call for more FCAA volunteers and Bard said he’s seen more volunteers since then. “And yes, they are younger,” he said. “But some of our old volunteers are starting to come back, as well.” As for the number of volunteers, Bard said prior to COVID the soup kitchen would have had eight to 10 volunteers to serve the evening meal, but now they only need three or four, “because we're not letting everybody in at one time,” due to COVID restrictions. “Volunteers serve a vital role to nonprofits,” he said, noting his appreciation that so many people in the community are very willing to help those in need.

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Discover the Beauty of Homewood!

Homewood of Frederick offers delicious dining options. In Crumland Farms’ Tuscarora dining room, which offers a full menu, residents overlook a pond surrounded by beautiful gardens and wildlife. At The Lodge, residents are able to enjoy a meal in The View dining room, which also offers a full menu, as they take in the incredible view of the Catoctin Mountains and the pond. Those wishing for a lighter fare have the option of enjoying a meal in the pub or bistro, as well.

Select Styles of Patio Homes Available for Immediate Occupancy 7407 Willow Road, Frederick Maryland

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