Open Thread April 2013 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!

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54 thoughts on “Open Thread April 2013 Edition

  1. Come on out to ThorpeWood this Sunday, April 7th, for their free community event – an Ice Cream Social and Game Day! You bring a board game to share and ThorpeWood will be providing ice cream from Mr. G’s Ice Cream Parlor in Gettysburg. To sweeten the deal, ThorpeWood will be operating as a Goodwill Drop Off Point that afternoon, so bring those items you have uncovered in your Spring Cleaning! Let Julie at ThorpeWood (jparlaman@thorpewood.org) know if you can make it and visit the ThorpeWood website (www.thorpewood.org) for directions. Hope to see you all there!

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  2. Where should I guide my tastebuds downtown for a hefty, mean fresh fruit salad? (I used to get mine via the late La Dolce Vita….)

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    • A real grocery store on Market Street. Where Carmack Jays used to be. No excuse good enough not to have one there. Even has parking.

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      • Agreed. The thing is Carmack Jays building’s alley is not wide enough for food trucks (that’s what was written in the newspaper). Moreover, the building has some back expenses that need to be paid off and the city is imposing those on prospective buyers. Again, that’s what I read.

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      • And yet it was a grocery store at one time so food trucks apparently COULD access it? Sounds like a very weak and thin excuse on the part of the City.

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  3. May 4th, 5:02pm-8:02pm
    Better on Two! Silent Disco.
    Second Birthday Party
    Unique Optique
    9 W. Patrick St.
    Downtown Frederick, MD 21701
    Games for free glasses.
    Free photo booth.
    Food, wine, beer.

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  4. Used Book Sale. Tuesday, April 23rd, 10 am to 4 pm, in the lobby of the Beneficial-Hodson Library, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD. Call 301-696-3709 for more info. No early birds, please! Hard cover books $1.00, paperbacks $.50, unless individually priced.

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  5. We are interested in getting a lab dog for our family and was wondering, if anyone had good experiences with either a breeder or rescue group in particular. There are so many out there that it is overwhelming.

    We would prefer either a puppy or young dog, because we both work from home and do have the time to dedicate to it.

    Thanks!

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    • We adopted our last dog from the Briggs animal shelter in Charles Town and had a wonderful experience with them. He was a young adult spaniel mix but I know they have puppies and labs frequently. Really great place. http://www.baacs.org/

      Also, you may want to look at the local Lab Rescue. I’ve never adopted from them but they have some cute dogs. They have some cute roly-poly black lab puppies on their website. http://www.lab-rescue.org/

      Most shelters and rescues get puppies in regularly, so feel free to visit or call a few places and if they don’t have any young pups at the time, most will keep a wait-list so you can put your name down as interested for when a specific type of dog comes in.

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      • One more thing: don’t just rely on the website’s listing of dogs available. They usually have more available than what’s posted online, so always call or email and let them know what you are looking for. Rescues are often run by volunteers so updating the website isn’t always a priority.

        Good luck!

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    • We have adopted two cats from the Frederick County Animal Control (on Rosemont Ln across from Detrick) and had a great experience each time. Any time we went to look at cats we would pass by the dogs and it seemed like they always had puppies. The staff there is very helpful and friendly and the animals seemed to be well cared for.

      Plan to bring your whole family because they do require that everyone in the family meets the pet before bringing it home (which I think is smart). Not sure if the process for dogs is the same as cats but they allowed us to take out one cat at a time to play and cuddle and get a feel for their personalities.

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  6. Also I agree with Kendra – it has always been our experience that there are more animals in the shelter than listed on the website. In fact we got one tiny kitten who had just been put out that day for adoption – he never showed up on the website.

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  7. I adopted one of my cats from the Frederick County Animal Welfare league, and the other from Tails of Hope animal rescue. Both had cats and dogs. Good experiences with both. Go, look, fall in love.

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  8. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Fundraiser
    Nestle Toll House Cafe at FSK Mall
    This Friday, April 12, from 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
    20% of sales benefit Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
    The Nestle Toll House Cafe offers pizza, sandwiches and of course dessert.
    **Please share this post/event information with friends and family…it’s gonna be a fun night and it’ll change lives***
    (Cafe is located next to Mall Customer Service Desk.) Thank you!

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  9. Thanks for the recommendations, appreciate it. That’s a good point about the shelter, in that they probably have more than what is on the site.

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    • no, No, NO. SO help me GOD I will move from my house if they build a Wal*Mart there…ugh…they’re thinking about the buck and not the crap that store will bring…this is sad…

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      • 300 more jobs and then how many more jobs lost? You think Kmart will stay? Idiots…all of them are idiots…lost Kmart and then there’s your NEW eyesore…

        MORONS!

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  10. I have two questions: what happened to the retro candy shop on Patrick Street? (I believe it was called Sweet Memories?) The store is empty and a “for rent” sign hangs in the window.

    Also, I recently noticed a strange sight on my way down Market Street. There is a lady’s face hidden on the tree that sits between Wag’s and the Federated Charities building (you know the one with the black dog statue?) Has anyone ever seen this? It’s beautiful and strange and I’d love to know the story behind it.

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    • Shelly,

      I was in there a few weeks ago and spoke with one of the owners who mentioned the store was closing. She said they had been at it for a few years but just were not making any money so they were giving it up.

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      • Such a shame. It was such a unique place. I always took my parents there when they were in town because they ate many of those candies as kids. And my son loved it as well. Always sad to see a local business go under.

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      • It may not have the ambiance of the store downtown, but there is a big market/liquor/candy/produce place on 15 on the way to Thurmont. They have many of those retro candies and pretty good take and bake pies, too. It’s a weird juxtaposition of items, but fun to browse. http://gatewaycandy.com/index.php

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  11. So I don’t have to call 20 different carpet cleaners – – I just need to have 4 area rugs picked up and taken for cleaning. These are not “oriental carpets”, just floral print area rugs that are too big and too heavy for me to roll up and take somewhere. They don’t need any kind of special handling or restoration. They’re just acrylic and some wool blend, but nothing expensive. I’m not going to pay more to have them cleaned than what they cost brand new, and the most expensive one was around $400. I thought about dragging them out onto the deck and using my steam cleaner on them but we can’t seem to get enough hot dry days in a row to do that, and the deck isn’t big enough for the biggest area rug. Any suggestions for a local rug cleaner that will pick them up and take the away? And no, they cannot be taken to some big industrial washer in a laudromat.

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  12. The Animal Welfare League of Frederick is getting a special donation from Ruby Tuesday this Wednesday night, 4/17 and Thursday night, 4/18. If you eat dinner at Ruby Tuesday on West Patrick on the Golden Mile, they will donate 20% of what you spend, to the Animal Welfare League. Please come out for good food for a good cause. Hope to see you there!

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  13. Does anyone have experience, good or bad , with getting 35mm color film developed locally? I don’t need prints, just developing and a digital copy. Thanks!

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    • Hi Joe,

      The best chain store photo development I’ve found is Walgreens (on TJ). Walmart and CVS haven’t been too good. Costco wasn’t great either, but I haven’t tried them in a looooong time.

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      • Thanks Guy. I tried Walgreens the other day and the machine was down. I’ll go back and check again. I was wondering about CVS, thanks for the feedback on them.

        BTW, a friend told me Costco is no longer developing film.

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      • I always took it to Target. You can request a CD when you turn it in. I never had any problems with them and it was always fast. I took at least 30 rolls to them a few years ago from a trip to Guatemala and then another trip to South America, and they all came out beautifully. Several were used in the Frederick News Post for travel articles that I wrote. Just used a simple little Olympus point and shoot 35 mm.

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  14. JoeW,

    I don’t know if that exists any more. Tom Clark photography, which is no longer open, was the go to place for this. They were always a little expensive, but the work there was done by real pros. I guess you could try Wal-Mart or Target where they might be able to send it to a lab. There’s also B & H, the photo superstore in NYC, I believe they offer this service, though this wouldn’t fit your “local” criteria.

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      • When I was in school, my degree is in photography, I would get my film developed at Wal-Mart and then just toss the pictures because I would print the color photos in the darkroom. It was actually more expensive to get just the film without photos (I never did figure that out) The film turned out fine, but the prints were pretty awful. I don’t know if they still develop in store, but they were, at the time, the cheapest, if they use a machine the results were pretty consistent between all the places I tried (not true for printed photos, of course).

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      • If Dodge chrome is still around they will develop anything. They are in Bethesda. I swear there was a place in rockville too. Star something? Star labs maybe. First look photo in hagerstown. These aren’t local but closer and as I remember more service and personalized than wal mart. I have used chrome and first look before.

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  15. Stop by the Greene Turtle in Frederick today from 11:00 to 9:00 for Cystic Fibrosis Night. Tell them you are there for the Cystic Fibrosis Event and 10% of the proceeds goes to Cystic Fibrosis. Raffel tickets available for some great prizes! Drawing at 8:00pm.

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  16. Just wanted to make an announcement about an upcoming local Arts performance:

    Equinox Dance Company presents their 11th annual full-length spring dance concert—”Fine Tuned: Mixing Dance and Local Music!” on Friday May 3rd and Saturday, May 4. This year we have choreographed to local music, and the performance will feature live music from Big Rig, a bluesy rock trio, and Blackberry Blondes, a string duet. Other featured musicians include Silent Old Mountains, Scott Fisher Sounds and more! Please join us!

    Friday, May 3 @ 8pm
    Saturday, May 4 @ 3pm or 8pm
    Tickets: $15 (evening performances); $12 (matinee performance, plus $5 children under 12 at matinee only)
    Location: Performing Arts Factory Theater (244B South Jefferson Street, in Frederick, MD)
    Purchase tickets at http://equinoxdance.org/tickets_sales.html

    Hope you can make it!

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    • If the printer is behaving badly, it could be a driver/firmware/setting issue.
      If it’s not picking up paper or its something mechanical, than I would start shopping for a replacement.

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  17. Announcing Ananda Shala Yoga & Pilates Studio’s first Sip, Savor & Savasana Retreat!

    Recharge your battery with the power of yoga and nature! Come together with like minds and spirits for an incredible three-day yoga retreat that enchants on every front. Enjoy in-depth classes from Ananda Shala instructors, artfully prepared, cleansing cuisine by
    Field to Plate, and delightful wines, all in the transforming environment of Fox Haven Farms and Learning Center.

    Nestled in the midst of a working organic farm and wildlife sanctuary along Catoctin Creek in Jefferson, Maryland, the farm is surrounded by beautiful rolling foothills and forests. Deepen your sense of connection as you let go of your daily grind and sink in to your senses. Relaxing,
    renewing and just plain fun, this retreat is the perfect gift for Mothers’ Day, or any day. Round up your favorite yogis and dive in to three days of bliss with Sip, Savor & Savasana.

    Fri May 10 at 5pm – Sun May 12 at 11am

    Weekend Schedule:
    All classes / activities are optional

    FRIDAY:
    4pm – Check In
    5-6pm Gentle Yoga w/ Julie Kaus
    6:30-7:30pm Light Dinner by Field to Plate
    8-9pm Free Flow/Prana Mvmt w/ Dominica Knapp

    SATURDAY:
    Breakfast in Cottages
    8-9am Chi Running/Walking w/ Geni Donnelly
    9:30-11:30am Prana Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Aimee Firor McBride
    12-1:30pm Lunch by Field to Plate
    2-6pm Free Time w/ optional activities:
    Hiking/Exploring w/ Joanne from Fox Haven Farm
    Nutritional Lecture w/ Amanda Archibald of Field to Plate
    6:30-8pm Dinner w/ Wine Pairings by Field to Plate
    8 pm-? Fire Circle

    SUNDAY:
    Breakfast in Cottages
    8:30-9am Meditation w/ Sera Crandell
    9:30-11am Yoga All Levels w/ Kristen Townsend
    Closing & Goodbyes

    Find more information and register at http://bit.ly/14PZQk2

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    • A VINEYARD???? A vineyard is where one grows grapes on VINES. How in the world are they going to put in a VINEYARD next to Shab Row Bistro? Actually, I believe they planted 22 acres of vines on a 100-acre farm a few years ago. In the meantime they are making wine from grapes they buy in, I believe, Washington County. The establishment to which you refer is most likely their retail outlet…NOT their VINEYARD!

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      • The sign says “Big Cork Vineyard” – – I’m fully aware it’s NOT an actual vineyard but the retail outlet for one. Geesh.

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    • AAA on Buckeystown Pike…very good prices and fair. Once my warranty is up on my Sorento, I’ll start going there, but my wife takes her Prius there and she loves it. Granted there are a few services that are only available to be done by Toyota due to necessary equipment, but they are few and far between.

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    • Jefferson Street Service Center. BIG Thumbs up! Rick and Tom have been there for years, they DO NOT upsell (I took my car there after Fitz auto mall told me I needed $3000 of work. Showed them and they said I didn’t need ANY, and that was over 9 years ago). They place itself looks kinda dicey (bulletproof glass, not in the best neighborhood) but the work is honest and fair. I have recommended them to multiple people throughout the years and never had anyone complain.

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      • I go to the Lube Center but I just tell them “No, no no no no no no” to everything and just persist “Just an oil change.” It’s fast and cheaper than many places. As for Fitzgerald we’ve had zero problems there with other work. My van’s a/c stopped working two years ago and they very easily could have scammed us and told us we needed a new compressor or that there were leaks. They didn’t. They just ran the stuff thru it to look for leaks, found none, recharged it and that was that. Same with other work we’ve had done there. They’ve always been very honest. My husband and son are both well trained in auto repair but would rather not have to deal with it if they don’t have to, so they do know when we’re being ripped off. I have horror stories about VA annual inspections……..talk about thieves………

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    • My husband and I have been taking our cars to Danny’s Car Clinic (across from FSK, kind of behind the Taco Bell) ever since we moved to Frederick. Angie is the sweetest with scheduling, there is always someone to give a free shuttle to work and back, and they have always done exactly what we asked with no BS… whether it was routine service or a repair. When we were preparing to either repair or sell my husband’s old car, they told us what it would take to keep it running and compared that to what it needed to be safe.

      They always greet us by name and we wouldn’t go anywhere else.

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  18. What is being built where Circuit City used to be? We could see construction underway from the highway and when you drive down Buckeystown Pike and look back there (at the Sam’s Club entrance) you can see the land is all cleared and construction equipment.

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