Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Frederick Artists Donate Time & Creativity

Four young, local artists have been hard at work for the past 4 months, donating their time and creativity to create an impressive, happy, fun, whimsical mural on the 15' high and 60' wide production wall of  the Jeanne Bussard Center in Frederick Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities for people experiencing disabilities through education, training, rehabilitation, and work.
The talented artists, all 2005 graduates of Linganore High School are Benjamin F. Gartell III, Steven Orrence, Jessica Sansbury and Diana Marshall. The four were inspired to create the mural after Diana, whose brother is a client at JBC, visited the center for her brother's annual meeting in October 2010 and noticed the 15' high and 60' bare production wall. She mentioned that she was interested in doing a mural to Jeanne Dalaba, (the CEO of JBC since 1999) and the idea grew from there. Jeanne's only conditions were that the artists not paint anything offensive, not use profanity, and include Waldo somewhere in the mural. The artists then coordinated, planned and started painting.
Artists pictured above: Benjamin F. Gartell III, Steven Orrence, Jessica Sansbury and Diana Marshall.
The four artists spent mostly nights and weekends working on the mural so they would not disrupt day-to-day operations at JBC. During the creation of the mural, employees and clients at JBC were fascinated with the its progress, always looking for the newest artistic creations. The artists used scaffolding and painted with "Oops" paint, donated by Costco in Frederick.
On Tuesday, January 18th, a presentation of the mural was held. Among the guest were friends and family of the artists, staff and clients at JBC, as well as Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and staff.
Since 1965, the Jeanne Bussard Center has served residents of Frederick County. The Center is a private, non-profit agency certified by the State of Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services and the State of Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration. Learn more about the Jeanne Bussard Center here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gemini Styling Salon in Frederick - Offering 10% Off Highlights, Colors Foils and Perms

Gemini Styling Salon located on Old Farm Drive off of Rosemont Ave in Frederick is offering 10% off of highlights, colors, foils and perms to all customers from now through March 26th 2011. Must print and present coupon from

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Restaurant To Open This Spring On Rt. 355

The Roast House Pub is rumored to be opening in Frederick this Spring at 5700 Urbana Pike (Rt. 355) in the building, formerly occupied by Phillys Cheesteak Factory. Stay tuned for more info.

Frederick County Habitat For Humanity Relocates The Habitat ReStore Home Improvement Center

The Frederick County Habitat for Humanity has moved the Habitat ReStore Home Improvement Center from it's location off of East Patrick to 622 North Market Street in the building formerly occupied by Renn Kirby Auto Stores.

The ReStore Home Improvement Center is a place where you can buy new and used building materials, cabinets, appliances, furniture, windows and doors at a fraction of retail costs. Run by Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Maryland, the ReStore is a bargain hunter's dream store. All materials are donated by local building contractors, suppliers, businesses, and individuals. This means we can recycle usable materials, keeping them out of local landfills while we raise money to build more affordable homes for hardworking families in need in Frederick County. For more info about the Frederick County Habitat For Humanity, also visit

Monday, December 20, 2010

Is the contract going to be amended in order to save the Counties $94,861,504.00?

Here is just one of the unanswered questions about the cost of the regional trash incinerator, "Why will Frederick and Carroll Counties be obligated to pay for a $73,000,000 Capital Contribution, even if all of that money is not used for the project?"  

We've now heard the trash incinerator is not going to cost as much as originally forecasted, but the repayment of this Capital Contribution is in FIXED annual payments of $3,530,338.00 (plus a 3% annual escalation) for 20 years for a total repayment of $94.8M. (This payment is called the 2nd operating fee.)  

It's now been suggested these funds shouldn't be needed at all.  And although any money not used will be returned to Wheelabrator, "Upon Final Completion, the Authority shall return or release any unused portion of the Company Construction Commitment to [Wheelabrator]...,"  I cannot find any language which lowers the annual $3.5M payment.  Therefore, Sections 6.3  and 15.1 of the service contract should be amended to provide for lower payments if any part of the $73M is not used for construction costs.

Perhaps the 2nd operating fee should be struck from the service contract all together?

To put this into perspective, $3.5M per year is the equivalent of 70 full-time LOCAL jobs per year. (Paying ~$50K each.)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fellini’s Italian Restaurant in Frederick, MD is fast becoming known for its freshly cooked, REAL Italian Food & Pizza in Frederick, MD!

On Wednesday Dec 1, 2010, Fellini's Italian Restaurant in Frederick, MD  held a holiday open house and was welcomed welcomed by the Frederick County Chamber with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Click here to view Fellini's Italian Kitchen's menu and print a special online offer for your next visit.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Landon House on Psychic Kids

Historic Landon House featured on Psychic Kids: