Beware, the Snallygaster

Beware, the Snallygaster

For generations, the people of Middletown Valley have told tales of the Snallygaster- a mysterious creature that dwells deep in the caves of South Mountain. Some say it’s a myth. Some say it’s real. But this Halloween, best friends Holly and Peter are finally going to get to the truth behind the legend…if it doesn’t get to them first!

I love odd things and local legends, so when Patrick Boyton contacted me about getting the word out on his new children’s book it didn’t take much convincing. The Snallygaster is such a weird and unique beast, the Frederick area should be glad to have it’s legend hovering over us. Anyway, enough from me, here is the info about the book:

In 2008, Frederick author Patrick Boyton published Snallygaster: the Lost Legend of Frederick County, a historical account of the mythical, dragon-like beast said to inhabit Western Maryland. The book proved to be so successful, Boyton has followed it up with a children’s novel featuring the local monster.

Beware, the Snallygaster follows a pair of adventurous Middletown Middle School students in their quest to locate the mysterious monster rumored to live on South Mountain. Even though the story has a Halloween setting and deals with things that go “bump in the night,” Boyton insists that his chapter book is more spooky than scary.

“I grew up reading authors like Ray Bradbury and John Bellairs. I wanted to capture that nostalgic eeriness found in their children’s books,” Boyton said.

Beware, the Snallygaster will appeal to young readers who enjoy R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, but their parents should be pleased that the supernatural elements in Boyton’s book are handled with more subtlety. “I tried to avoid anything gross or overly frightening, choosing instead to emphasize character and mystery” the author said.

Beware, the Snallygaster is available on Amazon now and will be available at Snallygaster Gifts and Turn the Page next week. And hopefully coming to other area stores and the library soon.

Need Your Help with a Little Frederick Mystery

A question from an FMO reader:

I was wondering if you knew anything about the magnets that show up every once in awhile all over Frederick. They always have a simple tribal face in black and red with an accompaning saying. This time the saying is, “These have been your marching orders.”

Any information you have about this would be greatly appreciated in soothing my curiosity!

So what say ye? Anyone out there know the source or reasoning behind these magnets? Anyone have a photo of one?

Facades along South Market

Facades along South Market:

I think very few people know that several facades along South Market Street are just that, facades. If you step around back, it looks like a movie set with steel beams holding up the one wall that fronts the street. These properties have been like this for decades but were recently auctioned off. Perhaps there will be a bit of new development here in the future.

I did not know that.

PSA: Cat Food Recall

Just wanted to pass this notice along to anyone in Frederick with cats. This brand is widely distributed in grocery stores, Big Box Pet stores and boutique shops like MOMs, Common Market and Central Dawgma

Consumer Inquiries: Media Inquiries:
(877) 227-9587 Claire Burke
Hunter PR
(212) 679-6600



Tewksbury, MA (February 28, 2011) – WellPet LLC announced today it has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness® canned cat food.

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lots and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call us at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Consumers with further questions should visit our website at or call us at this same number.

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.

“As a pet parent myself, I’m concerned for the health and welfare of all pets, and as a company we are committed to delivering the most nutritious natural pet food,” said Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “Even though the chance of a cat developing a thiamine deficiency is extremely remote, we are voluntarily recalling all of these lots of our canned cat food as an extra precaution.”

Spooky goings on at the Brunswick Railroad Museum

I love a good ghost story, especially when it takes place so close by. There was always strange noises in the old Brunswick Railroad Museum building, but things got really crazy when construction on a new elevator started.

Supplies were being moved around. Several elevator workers even claimed they saw a woman in a white dress walking around the second floor.

Employees reported feeling ” … uncomfortable being alone in the basement where the offices were moved after the elevator’s construction.”

Good and creepy. I hope the FNP does a follow up story on the results of the paranormal investigation that took place.