The bats are once again in “Full Swing” at the Frederick Key’s Stadium at Nymeo Field. The Frederick-based team is back for their 2016 season and bringing with them a number of exciting promotional events and special guests, like Cat in the Hat and Mick Foley!
Check out the link below to learn more about when you can expect their notable firework displays, upcoming charity events, and so much more happening at Nymeo Field this year!
CLICK HERE for the 2016 Special Promotions Calendar!
Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page and our sister publication- FiND iT FREDERiCK Magazine’s FB Page– to win a 10 pack of tickets to be used at any game throughout the year!
Homewood Retirement Home in Frederick Maryland is hosting a much-anticipated Professionals Day Open House, on Wednesday, April 13 from 3 – 5 p.m. The event invites all professionals in the area to attend and enjoy complimentary refreshments in the new Great Room of the gorgeous new Lodge facility.
All attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards and a colleague. Please RSVP by noon, Tuesday April 12. Can’t make it on the 13th? April 14th marks the first Open House event in The Lodge from 11am to 5pm. For more information regarding the open house and the extensive list of amenities available at the new Lodges at Willow Pond, visit their website HERE.
Homewood at Frederick, Maryland is a unique arrangement of two Homewood Retirement Center communities – Homewood at Willow Ponds, an exciting new active adult campus under construction adjacent to Homewood at Crumland Farms, an established full service and care community. Reservations are currently being accepted for Homewood at Willow Ponds patio homes and Lodge apartments.
Call the marketing office at (301) 582-1626 to schedule a visit to the model patio home and enjoy the hospitality and personal attention of the marketing team.
In October 2015, a new black and gold sign was hung over the stone building at 154 North Market Street. Suite 203, beside Industrial Home, now houses the central office for Century 21 Redwood Realty of Frederick. Kenny Amereihn, an experienced Century 21 Redwood agent who takes pride in his company, his clients, and this town we call home, is elated to have the new location right here in Downtown Frederick.
In 1994, Amereihn started working for Century 21 in the northeast Baltimore market. “My brother advised me to apply for a part time job with Century 21. I was taking leads for 3-4 months and loved it.” After only a few months as a part-time employee, Amereihn took his passion for real estate, community involvement, and customer service to the next level.
Completing rigorous courses and certification tests, Kenny is now NHS, RCC, and Short Sales Certified, as well as an HUD Homes Agent. He is also a USAA certified relocation/preferred agent and NFCU preferred agent.
“I think continuing education and community involvement is so important,” Amereihn added. “A community that gives back creates a culture of integrity.”
Amereihn moved to Mt. Airy in 2002 and resides on a beautiful farm where his wife boards horses and his daughter practices Karate. He currently sits on the board for Calvert Hall High School Soccer Foundation in Towson, and is Assistant Head Varsity Soccer Coach at Saint Albans School in DC. The agent holds a C license in US Soccer Coaching and is a member of NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association). He also takes part in the youth confirmation studies at Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in Downtown Frederick.
As Redwood celebrates its twelfth year, this agent couldn’t be happier working for such a prestigious company.
Century 21 Redwood is currently the #1 name listed in JD Powers for its 4th year running in quality. They are also a 2015 Double Platinum Broker. “This is a huge accomplishment for a real estate company,” Amereihn said. “They really are the Cadillac or Lexus of customer service in this business.” They also partner with USAAand Navy Federal Credit Union to serve the relocation and settling needs for military personnel, veterans, and their families.
One thing that sets Century 21 Redwood apart from any other agency is their unique, online 3D video tour experience for every listing they offer. These virtual tours allow for anyone interested in purchasing a home the chance to tour the premises without leaving their current residence. “It’s very interactive,” Amereihn said. “It’s just like walking through the house in person.” These tours are free and do not require prior consultation.
The Century 21 Redwood name is always focused on providing the best customer service and satisfaction imaginable. “It doesn’t matter what size the house is that we are selling- we treat each person the same and want them to be happy with their home-buying experience from start to finish,” Amereihn said. The company has over 900 different web pages showcasing each individual listing and task.
To view more about Kenny at Century 21 Redwood Realty of Frederick, visit his website HERE!
Artists In Action, presented by Solomon Maryland’s Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, is now in full swing and inviting all artists and visitors alike to come see the exciting, yet temporary, exhibits. The current series runs through March 2nd and includes unique studio experiences each day from 10am to 5pm.
Walk through Annmarie’s Main Gallery as artists transform it into their very own personalized studios. This awe-inspiring event provides a serene retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new works, display and sell their work, network with other artists, and share their own creative processes. All visitors are encouraged to watch, learn, engage, interact and ask questions.
Please see schedule below and for any additional information, call 410-326-4640 or visit their website here .
ARTIST DATES MEDIUM
Laura Laird, Pasadena, MD February 1 – 7 collage
Tricia Hall, St. Leonard, MD February 1 – 7 jewelry
Mary Blumberg, Solomons, MD February 7 – 13 watercolor paint
Ann Preston, Hollywood, MD February 8 – 14 acrylic paint
Iris Hall-Willey, California, MD February 8 – 14 paint
Suzanne Shelden, Prince Frederick, MD February 8 – 14 acrylic paint
Rob Brownlee-Tomasso, Denton, MD February 14 – 21 mixed media paint
Diana Manchak, Ft. Washington, MD February 15 – 21 ceramic
Jimmy Cintron, Solomons, MD February 15 – 21 jewelry
Mickey Kunkle, Solomons, MD February 15 – 21 polymer clay
Ann Crain, St. Leonard, MD February 22 – 28 mixed media paint
Jen Poteet, Sunderland, MD February 22 – 28 mixed media paint
Kristy Kun, Portland, OR February 22 – 28 fiber
(Photo: Earth Day 2015- Student Joe Lawton- Class of ’19- helping Lower School students prepare an organic garden bed for planting fruits & vegetables for the Frederick Community Action Agency’s Foodbank program. Courtesy of Friends Meeting School)
Over 900 pinwheels, crafted by students and painted with messages of peace, were sent from Frederick’s very own Friends Meeting School to Students Rebuild to reach Syrian refugees and other in-need communities across the world. Second through fourth grade students lead this project at the local private, Quaker school in order to serve these communities from afar, manifesting knowledge of teamwork, stewardship, and leadership in each student.
It’s service projects like Pinwheels for Peace that make Friends Meeting School truly stand out as an exceptional educational institution. Their student body of nearly 85 students constantly works together to build a strong foundation of peace, equality, and service. “We are incredibly proud of our students and the impact they make on our community,” remarked Mara Nicastro, head of Friends Meeting School in Frederick.
With a rigorous curriculum, local service initiatives, and community service mission trips incorporated into the school year requirements, this private school offers each student with the opportunity to become the best and brightest person they can be.
The school hosts and attends a number of different events throughout the year. The Haunted Trail event, lead by drama Instructor Brenda Yankaskas, is an annual favorite. By the end of September each year, scenes, scripts, and costumes are created by the performing arts team in order to put on this spooky attraction. The 50 acre nature trail located on campus is decorated and adorned with lights come October when students and staff set up tents to perform for the public. There is a small fee to enter and open concessions for all visitors. “It really is a fun event,” Nicastro said. “The past 2 years have been extra special since the students made the decision to collect the income from admission fees to raise scholarship money for incoming students.” This year alone, the initiative yielded nearly $1,000 for student scholarships.
Gardens thrive behind the school where students from lower, middle, and higher school levels maintain a garden of healthy fruits and vegetables that are donated to The Frederick Food Bank. A weekly bake sale raises funds for one student’s drive to help rainforest conservation efforts. Their student-lead National Honors Society (NHS) actively participated in the 2015 Baltimore Leadership Conference. These trips, and many more planned throughout the school year, promote understanding of social justice and equality in each child.
Based on the Quaker Friends Education Model, a 300+ year old model that promotes an environment for positive inner and outer growth for students and staff alike, The Friends Meeting School of Frederick prides itself in their students and their aspirations to graduate on to renowned colleges and universities to further their education. “We love to tell people that every single student that has graduated from Friends has been accepted to their first choice college or university,” said Harris. “It’s incredible to be able to work with this talented team of students and teachers.”
The small class sizes and advanced placement learning opportunities create an unbeatable atmosphere for students and staff to get to know each other and truly work together to achieve academic excellence. “It’s not uncommon for students to keep in touch with their teachers after they leave us,” Harris said. “They form a lasting connection that goes further than just their days in the classroom.”
Everyone is encouraged to look into the programs and consider Friends Meeting School for their children’s education. “We take great pride in our students, and our students take great pride in their education,” Nicastro said.
For more information, visit the school January 21st at 9am to meet the staff and learn more about how you and your family can join Friends Meeting School. Application process is available online. For more information, visit www.friendsmeetingschool.org.
A board filled with purple ribbons and beautifully crafted keys sat on display at the beginning of the Mental Health Matters tour held at the Mental Health Associaton (MHA) center in Frederick. Notecards hung loosely from each key with a personal story from members of our community, describing their experiences with the team at MHA or a story of triumph with their mental health journey. “These keys represent the goal to unlock the stigma, fear, and anxiety barriers behind ‘mental health’,” said Niki Thrash, Director of Development and Marketing at MHA. “There’s a negative connotation behind the term ‘mental health’ and we are here to help change that.”
The goal of Frederick’s MHA is to “promote positive mental health and offer not just education, but the support and compassion needed to make real and lasting changes in the lives of those we serve.” Their compassionate group works to help the members of our growing community achieve a positive, healthy state of mental health to live the best life possible.
Niki, along with the dedicated staff of MHA, guided a group pf community members around their newest wing of the facility- located at 226 South Jefferson Street- teaching us about the everyday duties of the small staff that is devoted to helping the people of Frederick through mental health concerns.
One main discussion during the tour was around the call center, that handles nearly 40 thousand calls a year. “With that volume, it’s definitely a busy position to be in,” Thrash said. “There are always two members of our team in the call center at all times. We are looking to add two more to help accommodate the need.” The staff also stated that the counseling center is looking for new attendants to aid with the growing volume of attendees.
The center sees close to 1,100 child visits in the year and helps accommodate over 900 non-custodial visits with families. These meetings are monitored and visitations are supervised in a homelike, relaxed setting that allows for children and parents to feel safe and comfortable. The MHA staff works with adults, both women and men, as well as senior citizens, young adults, teens, and children at early development stages with behavioral concerns. Of the visits seen at the MHA office, 75% of them reported relationship improvements with their loved ones and with themselves.
“Many times throughout the day, this lobby is full of people just waiting to see or talk to someone,” said Thrash. Another member of the group shared their story about how they overcame a mental health issue they experienced after returning home from serving in the military. They explained the feeling of anxiousness that accompanied his decision to seek help from MHA, but after being greeted in the lobby by the great team at MHA, he felt at ease and confident in his decision. He is now a part of the growing team at MHA, committed to helping others with their mental health journey.
Employers are also strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the team at MHA and utilize their services to better support their employees and their ongoing mental health.
The team at MHA invites everyone to come by one of their wonderful “Mental Health Matters” tours held every 2nd Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am and every 4th Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Call their 24/7 hotline by dialing 211. Crisis hotlines are available for local calls at 301-662-2255 and statewide at 800-422-0009. Walk-Ins available Monday through Friday 12pm to 8pm and weekends from 12pm to 4pm. For more information, visit: www.fcmha.org
Photo courtesy of Jasmine Sneed of MHA Frederick.
The entrance to Max Kehne Memorial Park, the West Seventh Street landmark, sits at the small intersection just at the bottom of the Rt.15 South exit ramp. The simple wooden sign that displays the park’s name stands with bright white letters and a sturdy foundation. The sign was recently renovated as part of the memorial’s makeover that began last summer. What many people may not know is how or why the park was named after Kehne, a well-known figure around Frederick for his astounding aptitude for fast-pitch softball and devotion to civic duties.
A Frederick High School graduate, Kehne grew up as a hard-working farm boy from Walkersville. When he wasn’t aiding his family with daily chores on the farm, he would indulge in his interest for softball. The youngest player to take the mound in the all-men’s athletic division- The Dr. Pepper League- he was only 15 years old when he debuted with a 2-hitter and a 10-0 win against the B-26 Wings. His fast-pitch game was unmatched. Thus began the newly appointed, long term nickname- “Fireball Kehne”.
Aside from becoming a household word around the Frederick area for his softball skills, Max grew up to be a much-respected servant of Frederick County. He was the supervisor of maintenance at Hood College; a position that lead to his involvement in a number of local activities, including his role as the Thomas Johnson High School football announcer, president of the Frederick Exchange Club, and his responsibilities for hanging the beloved Christmas lights around town for the holidays. “He was always a civic servant,” his son Jeff said of his father. After many years, Max advanced into the role as a Frederick City Alderman in 1970.
“He was a much respected man with no enemies,” his wife Joann said. “He was so personable and liked by everybody he met.”
Max Kehne was killed by a drunk driver on April 19th 1973, just as he traveled home from his new position as a public figure for the state of Maryland. Max Kehne Memorial Park was dedicated to the Frederick City servant on May 22nd, 1977, four years after his death.
This year celebrates the 38th year that the park has served as a local landmark and an active location for over 17 different little league and adult Co-Ed Softball games for the majority of the Spring, Summer, and Autumn seasons. The area recently underwent a number of upgrades to maintain and preserve this historic landmark for the city of Frederick…
Frederick County is home to a number of highly-sought after private schools. Each following their own educational methods and teaching styles, these programs have been proven to educate children of different age groups and successfully enhance child development. Read on to learn more about what is happening at your child’s current (or future) school in Frederick’s Private School Summer Preview:
The Montessori educational method respects the child’s innate drive, tendencies, and motivation to educate himself through multi-sensorial activities in a beautifully prepared environment. The child passes through stages of development called “Sensitive Periods” that are periods of intense interest in particular learning areas. Meadows Montessori school of Frederick is proud to announce a new lower elementary program that will extend learning opportunities for students in first through third grades. The program includes art and music education, strong history, geography, biology, science, mathematics, geometry, language/literacy and cosmic education, as well as a curriculum for cursive handwriting and keyboard typing skills.
The Montessori Method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, a scientist and physician who pioneered the learning method based on the potentialities and needs of children. Her theories and practices have been widely respected and has shown to be successful worldwide for over a century. Meadows Montessori’s new elementary program will allow for elementary students to participate in real-world experiences in and out of the classroom using researching skills to report back on various subjects of interest.
Early in 2015, Meadows Montessori acquired a talented Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher at the elementary level trained in grades 1 – 6 who holds a Master’s degree in Education through Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University. Meadows Montessori school has also received Certificates of Approval by the Maryland State Department of Education and the City of Frederick. Those interested in completing the enrollment process may contact the school directly, and are encouraged to schedule a tour.
The Lucy School
The Lucy School is an arts-based institution that offers preschool, primary, and now middle school education opportunities to students seeking growth in all areas of life. This private school is proud to announce the introduction of 6th -8th grade to their educational system. The school’s arts-based curriculum incorporates aspects of the Maryland content standards, which abides to high-quality academic expectations in Engligh/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for sufficient higher education preparation.
Their whole child teaching approach fosters an environment of academic excellence in art, movement, creativity, hands on learning, and holistic development. Assessments are given three times during the school year, beginning, middle, and end, to measure academic growth and success in each individual. These assessments show that 80% of kindergarten through fourth grade students showed readiness for mathematics at least two grade levels ahead of their current grade. 81% of Lucy School students read above grade and age levels.
The school is excited to extend the opportunities for children and families to continue such positive growth through the eight grade, opening more doors for continued strong-self-image and leadership qualities. The middle school program will be held on the 17-acre campus and will utilize natural resources surrounding the property to enrich every aspect of the exploratory learning opportunities.
The Mother Seton School
This year marks the 205th year of educational excellence at The Mother Seton School (MSS) since they opened their doors in 1810. Since the beginning, The Mother Seton School strives to inspire students to reach for academic excellence and dedicate their lives to love and serve Christ in the tradition of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the first American congregation of religious sisters in the early 1800’s.
The private, Christ-centered community is excited to announce their new involvement with Amazon Smile, a program offered by the online shopping network that provides proceeds to the school with each purchase. All you need to do to participate is designate MSS as you charity of choice, and a portion of your Amazon purchase benefits MSS. The school also offers a rewarding referral program. Each referral for a family to MSS that ends with a successful enrollment is rewarded with a $200 credit towards the referrer’s tuition. Call the office at MSS for more information.
Saint John Regional Catholic School
Saint John Regional Catholic School, now located on Oppossumtown Pike in Frederick, is one of the oldest Catholic Educational Institutions on the east coast priding themselves in spiritual, physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and creative childhood development.
Recognized as the only middle school in country to offer intensive Chinese language studies, St. John’s Catholic School prides themselves in their partnership with Hunter College of the City University of NY to provide students with this extraordinary language acquisition opportunity. The program centers around the linguistic properties, basic syntax, and grammatical structure of the intrinsic language.
Saint John Regional Catholic school also recently celebrated staff member Colleen Manchester’s award for Teacher of the year for 2015. Manchester teaches third grade at the private Catholic school located off of Oppossumtown Pike in Frederick. Principal Karen Smith has been quoted for praising Manchester on her ability to approach her work with enthusiasm for six straight years at St. Johns. Another triumph for the St. John’s community includes the “Green School” certification in 2014, naming St. John’s Regional Catholic School an integrated sustainable institution with notable best management practices, environmental education curriculum, and community engagement incorporated into daily operation.
By Maxann Keller
Love Baseball as much as we do?! Don’t miss out on your chance to win 10 free Keys Tickets- Go to The Frederick County Guide’s Facebook page to learn how!
Summer screams “Baseball Season!” America’s past time, the sport halters tradition, camaraderie, and a passion for play. I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that taught us about the sport at an early age. Our eyes stayed glued to the broadcasts of the diligently groomed dirt diamonds in major cities around the nation come April all the way up through October. This love for the game was passed down from generation to generation in our household, most notably from my great grandfather- Charlie. Although bred to become a Yankee, Charlie Keller was a man of Frederick County. A hard hitter for the team from the Bronx, he will always stand known as a family man from Frederick.
Born and raised in Middletown, Maryland, Charlie Keller grew up a great enthusiast of agriculture and horses. His other love was baseball. His steady and unfailing work ethic propelled him through his collegiate years at The University of Maryland to graduate with a degree in Agricultural Economics. All the while, my great grandfather never gave up the game. After graduation in 1937, he went on to follow a professional career in baseball.
Charlie Keller (or Dad-Dad as we call him) started his career with two years as an outfielder for the Newark Bears. From there, he was sent to New York to play for the New York Yankees. For nearly 13 years, Charlie Keller played alongside the likes of Joe Dimaggio, Tommy Henrich, and Yogi Berra. He loved the sport and cherished the relationships he formed with the memorable men on the field. After many seasons in pinstripes, my great grandfather retired from the game and found his ultimate home back in Frederick where he pursued his other life-long dream: his very own horse farm.
Yankeeland Farms was the result of Dad-Dad’s hard work and love for the land he called home. The farm was a multi-barn operation that bred Standard bred horses and allowed for him to work with his hands. Family members recall the many hours he spent repairing fences and watching the foals eat in the paddocks with a grin on his face.
It’s near impossible to walk into one of our family members’ homes and not see a photo of my great-grandfather. It’s in these photos that you can sense the great amount of passion in his efforts that made him such an incredible family man, business owner, husband, father, and friend.
Be sure to pick up the Summer issue of The Frederick County Guide to get more on the faces from Frederick in the world of Baseball and much more!
On a refreshing, sunny, summer afternoon, the team at The Frederick County Guide made their way to the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) season opener showcase, presented at VOLT in downtown Frederick. With hors d’oeuvres served in typical Volt fashion, cocktails including an old-fashioned Gimlet, and dreamy patio seating, the event set the mood for an exciting and unforgettable season at the MET!
5 Reasons You Don’t Want To Miss What’s Happening at the MET This Season!
1. It’s the most interesting and challenging season ever produced!
MET Artistis Director Tad Janes promises that this season will be one for the ages. “At MET, we really want to bring a diverse season of exciting works to our community and I believe this season positions itself to become of the most interesting and challenging seasons we have ever produced.”
2. No matter what genre you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the MET
From horror to heart-warming, the theater will produce the show that fits your mood. A chilling tale of Frankenstein hits the stage just in time for Halloween, join in for an interesting story of friendship and communication entitled “Tribes”, and laugh along to a classic comedy- “One Man Two Guvnors.”
3. There will be plenty of chances to see your favorite show!
All shows run for 4 weeks each with 16 performances, so you have NO excuse but to make it in for at least one!
4. There is a play about Donuts.
Ahem… Enough Said…
5. YOU Can Become a Part of the Fun!
Along with their long list of award winning plays, The MET’s family theatre- The Fun Company– will also be producing a number of shows for children of all ages, as well as Fun Camp.
Find out more information as well as the complete schedule of showtimes and events on the MET’s website. Don’t miss an unforgettable season this year at The Maryland Ensemble Theatre!