Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Frederick Food Bank shelves bare

The status quo of the local economy is tanking. Construction and other blue collar jobs are disappearing and so is the ability of some of Frederick Maryland lower income residents to pay their rent.

The Frederick Community Action Agency runs a Food Bank in cooperation with Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.

Good Samartian Empty Shelves at FCAA

Shelves looking kind of sparse there...

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Links to the Frederick Community Action Agency below, find out where and when to donate:


Issue #8
October 28, 2008

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Historic Mt Olivet Cemetary in Frederick

At the top of the hill going up Maryland Rt 355 (called Market Street in Frederick MD) is the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Francis Scott Key, the author of the "Star Spangled Banner" was born in Frederick and is buried in Frederick Maryland.

Also buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery I found something that fascinated me as both a history buff and a political science layman- There are hundreds of Confederate Soldiers, some of them unknown, buried there.

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The first of these Rebel soldiers were buried here in Frederick from the Battle of the Monocacy. This Battle is less well known than many other Civil War Battles but was crucial in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Jeb Stuart's cavalry was held up by the resistance of the Union Troops, if this battle had not happened, the end result of the battle of Gettysburg might possibly had been very different...

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and there might NOT have been a famous Lincoln Address that we all remember.

The Frederick building that Abe Lincoln gave another address at following the battles of Sharpsburg and Antietam is still standing. The City of Frederick uses this historic building on the corner of Market St and All Saints Street as you come into the city limits heading North on 355, coming out of Montgomery County Maryland.

The building used to be the train station and is now used as the City of Frederick's Frederick Community Action Agency ( F.C.A.A. )

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Issue #7
October 28, 2008

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Who says there's no work in Frederick MD?

Busy Renovating Beautiful Old homes in old-town City of Frederick Maryland

All of these photos were taken in oldtown City of Frederick about a quarter mile apart!


Stock market slide or not... Obviously there's plenty of Work in Frederick County Maryland!
Why should you move to Frederick?

Look at who your neighbors would be:

I love it here... plenty of work, plenty of opportunity, plenty of history:

This church has been a church since 1837!

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Issue #6
October 24, 2008

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Luxury RV owners meet at Great Frederick Fairgrounds

Last week I spotted these luxury RV's across from my office on E Patrick St, apparently the owners of this particular brand of Classy Recreational Vehicles think so much of their RVs that they formed an Owners Club.

Calling themselves: Mason-Dixon Discoverys the band of RVers meet at on the Great Frederick Fair fairgrounds

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I was curious so I did my 'investigative reporter' bit... in short I was nosey.

After I talked to some of the owners and one family let me view the insides of their rolling luxury house... well now I want one myself!

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Damn thing is more than a Caddilac! It's like a townhouse with a motor:

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Now this is living!!

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Issue #5
October 18, 2008

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Frederick Maryland Colleges and Civil War Facts

Colleges & Universities
Colleges and Universities in Frederick Maryland Search for and compare colleges and universities.

Frederick Community College 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702, 301..., Frederick Community College, one of 16 community colleges in Maryland, is an accredited, public, two-year, degree-granting institution. more...

Hood College 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701, 301..., Founded in 1893, this coeducational, multicultural institution is ranked one of the nation's best small colleges by U.S. News and World Report and offers bachelor's degrees in 27 majors and graduate degrees in ten areas. more...

Mount St. Mary's University 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Frederick, MD 21727, Located in Emmitsburg, 301..., Mount St. Mary's University is a small Catholic liberal arts university founded in 1808. It features more than 60 majors, minors, concentrations, and special programs. The National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes is on the campus.


Interesting Frederick County Maryland Facts:

John Hanson resided in Frederick when he was elected the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled in 1781.

Who was Thomas Johnson?
Frederick resident Thomas Johnson became Maryland´s first elected governor, in 1777. Then, as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1792, he penned the first written opinion in court reports

Frederick Maryland Geography:

47 miles W of Baltimore, 45 miles NW of Washington, D.C., 34 miles S of Gettysburg

Frederick has long been an important crossroads. With the building of the National Pike in the 1700s, it was linked with the port city of Baltimore and became a stop on the road west. Young Francis Scott Key grew up and practiced law in Frederick before writing the poem that would become our national anthem. When Elizabeth Ann Seton sought a place for her new community of religious women, she looked west to Frederick, finally finding a home just north of the city in Emmitsburg.

During the Civil War, thousands of wounded soldiers arrived in Frederick to recover. The first came in August 1862, following the Battle of South Mountain. More arrived the next month after the battle at Antietam, the bloodiest day of battle during the Civil War. So many wounded arrived, they outnumbered Frederick's own citizens.

In 1862, Barbara Fritchie confronted General Stonewall Jackson and was immortalized in poetry: 

Shoot if you must this old grey head/but spare your country's flag
2 years later, Confederate General Jubal Early demanded a $200,000 ransom that saved the town from destruction. Battles at Harpers Ferry and Gettysburg brought more wounded before the Battle of the Monocacy was waged to the southeast.

That $200,000 figure for the ransom the confederates extracted from the City of Frederick would be $2,722,810.24 in 2007 dollars using the consumer price index as a guide to calculate the factor of inflation.

Reminders of these sad days remain in the area's historic sites, museums, and four battlefields, maintained by the National Park Service.

Frederick, Maryland's third-largest city, remembers the war with its Barbara Fritchie House and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The growing town has drawn people to it, with suburbs extending down toward Washington, D.C., and a downtown area that shines as a place to shop, dine, and relax. Outside town are rolling fields and orchards, the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, and plenty of green space for picnicking and hiking.

The nearby Monocacy site has changed little since the battle in 1864, except for a few monuments and a visitor center. Antietam has added battlefield guides and opened a field hospital museum. Harpers Ferry reminds visitors of its past in a beautiful setting overlooking the Potomac River. And Gettysburg, just north in Pennsylvania, draws the most crowds among these battlefields.

Once a largely agricultural community,  according to the US census 2007 The City of Frederick nosed ahead of Gaithersburg City in Montgomery county Maryland  by some 5,000 residents.

 Though its downtown district is surrounded by housing developments that have given Frederick a population of 62,000, the 33-block historic area maintains its small-town charm. The  buildings from the 1700's and 1800's and cluster of church spires that make up Frederick's skyline are still a main attraction. 

Antiques and crafts shops dominate the downtown shopping area, and there's a vibrant restaurant and bar scene. Those who like scenic drives will be happy to know that Frederick lies at the junction of two national scenic byways, the Historic National Road (Alternate U.S. 40) and the Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway (Rte. 15). North and west of the city, the agricultural community still thrives, with produce stands popping up among the grain fields and meadows.



After volunteering at Monocacy National Battlefield,  I was amazed how little the battle that saved Washington was remembered.  I soon discovered it was not known what General Early’s intentions were.  Was it Harrisburg? Or, was it Washington?  Nobody during the that time knew. The one thing that was clear, a Confederate force of about 18,000 under the command of General Early was marching toward the Mason-Dixon Line by way of Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown. 

Unlike any battle, Monocacy acted as a roadblock against General Early's Confederate forces.  Only a handful of 100 days men and militia under the command of General Lew Wallace guarded the entrance into Washington via Frederick, Maryland. General Rickett's soon re-enforced General Lew Wallace and on July 9th, 1864 the battle that saved Washington was on. General Wallace was fighting for time to delay the invading Army for re-enforcements to be brought in from Petersburg, Virginia to defend the Ring of Forts that surrounded Washington. If General Early seceded the Civil War may have ended a day later as the Confederates would have invaded the defenseless capital via Fort Stevens. This was the second time in history the capital of this nation was endangered..... 

Issue #4
October 15, 2008

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Algae into diesel fuel in Frederick Maryland

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This is yesterdays view of Carroll Creek @ East Patrick St Frederick MD 21701

In the heat of the day, all this Algae really smells bad... the hotter it gets the more it stinks.

For Some Reason, the Army Corp of Engineers didn't create this creek bed with enough 'slope' to allow the fresh water from Carroll Creek, which empties into the Monocacy River and passes Fort Detrick... it doesn't flow fast enough to stay clear and clean.

The flow of the creek is so slow that bacteria forms and Carroll Creek becomes an Algae Farm and/or Factory...

Can there be a sliver lining to this stinkin mess?

From this site:

Some one's working on a way to turn Algae into Fuel...

Now, it's been a mild summer... the price of gas has actually fallen, it's almost down below $3.00 a gallon...

Let it get cold and see what happens... let it get REAL COLD, and the price of home heating oil will skyrocket up to more than your mortgage payment currently is.

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Issue #3
October 14, 2008

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Close to the money and still agricultural in nature

I love it here in Frederick City Maryland.

As a contractor, I can report that I find Frederick is cheap enough for us to be able to afford to live here and close enough to the 3 wealthiest counties in Maryland.

Just south of us in Montgomery county lies thousands of millionaires, 7% of all Montgomery County residents are millionaires... and all that money is just 10 miles south of here.

Carroll County is the only place I delivered pizza at where EVERY tip was $5 or MORE.
I used to deliver pizza to get myself through school and when in between entrepreneurial start ups.

And we can afford to live here! Gaithersburg Maryland and Germantown Maryland are now cosmopolitan towns, more foreign born techies per square inch than anyplace I've seen so far.

The Rt 270 technology corridor is where a lot of high paying jobs are... and those people, for the most part, do NOT live in Montgomery County... Montgomery County home prices where one of the extremely few localities where prices actually went UP.

Now if you're coming from Western Maryland or some other rural area, Frederick might seem like it's too busy, too crowded, too much crime? (Please... I came from Baltimore... u dont even wanna go there... Frederick is tame believe me)

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Issue #2
October 13, 2008

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All about life in Frederick Maryland

Ok, folks this is the first post.

The first 4 or 5 posts to a blog don't really county anyway.
to many people and especially to many blog search engines, it's not a blog till it has 5 posts.

Note to self:

put the pics of the algae in Carroll Creek here and add the links to the 'how to turn algae into diesel fuel' to the slide show.

And add stuff about how Frederick County Maryland is close enough to the wealth of Washington DC/ Carroll County/ Montgomery County and Howard County to earn a decent living and far enough from the city to be qualified as rural (and a lower cost of living)

Issue #1
October 13, 2008