Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Donald C. Barnes - Frederick County Sheriff (1974-1982) Dies

May 25, 2010 - Donald C. Barnes, Frederick County Sheriff from 1974-1982, today passed away as a result of a massive heart attack. (photo above from PPF fundraising event). Click Here for a photo of Don with his wife and long-time entertainment partner Debbie Williams. In recent year's Don Barnes appeared with his group Don Barnes and the Countrymen at various community events.

This from Debbie William's staff at the PPF:

Mr. Donald Charles Barnes, Sr, 68, of New Market, former Frederick County Sheriff and renowned musician, died suddenly on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, when he collapsed at home and was taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the loving and devoted husband of Debbie Williams Barnes.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 9pm on Friday, May 28th at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 29 from the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Avenue, Frederick. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the PPF, Inc, Family Crisis Recipient Fund, 11102 Eagletrace Dr, New Market, MD 21774.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.keeneybasford.com

As more information becomes available we will publish it here.

Citizen Police Academy (CPA)

The Frederick Police Department is pleased to announce it will be conducting the 18th session of its Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in August of 2010. The Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to give interested citizens an overview of the many functions of their police department to include participating in a ride-along with a patrol officer. Classes will meet on Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting August 11th running thru October 13st, 2010. There will be a final practical exercise/ graduation day on Saturday October 16th, 2010.

Upon completion of the program, participants will not be sworn police officers, nor be expected to perform any law enforcement functions; they will, however, have a greater understanding of what the Frederick Police Department does and how we can work together to make Frederick an even better community for everyone.

The CPA is open to any resident of the City of Frederick or person with business interest in the city, who is 18-years or older, and has no serious criminal history.

For an enrollment form or for more information, please contact Cpl. Jay Brown at 301-600-3914 or by e-mail at jbrown3@frederickmdpolice.org. The application closing date will be Friday, July 30th at 4:00 PM.

Monday, May 24, 2010

RCS_2160 - Linganore Winecellars

In this High ISO shot the people help show scale at the Linganore Winecellars.

Senator David Brinkley 2010 Supporters

Friends and supporters of Senator David Brinkley gathered at the Linganore Wine Cellars to kick off the Senator's re-election campaign. www.frederick.com/Senator_David_Brinkley_2010-a-1504.html

Sunday, May 23, 2010

RCS_2256 - Senator David Brinkley

Friends and supporters of Senator David Brinkley gathered at the Linganore Wine Cellars to kick off the Senator's re-election campaign. Click Here for videos!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Armed Robbery

INCIDENT/ INFORMATION: On Saturday May 22, 2010 at approximately 2105 hours Officer Bednar of the Frederick Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Baker Place for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival officers met with the victim who advised that approximately an hour before he was approached by 3 black males near the intersection of Key Parkway and Willowdale Drive. The three black males followed the victim to his apartment building where one of the males displayed a silver handgun. The male with the handgun demanded money and the other two subjects went through his front pockets. The subjects removed some money from the victim and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspects were described as follows:

-Suspect #1) tall thin black male around 30 years of age. Wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Had a goatee and short “faded” hair. Also had a diamond stud earring. This suspect displayed the handgun.

-Suspect #2) medium build black male around 20 years of age. Wearing a blue Peyton Manning jersey (blue with white numbers) and blue jeans. Had short “faded” hair.

-Suspect #3) Short stocky black male in his late teens. Wearing a grey shirt and blue jeans. Had short “faded” hair.

A check of the area did not locate the suspects and no other witnesses could be found. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is encouraged to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100 or the Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be left at FPDCrimeTip@frederickMDpolice.org.

No further information is available at this time.

Bike to Work Day

Walk-N-Wag 2010 - Baker Park - Frederick, Maryland

Click Here for our coverage of the 2010 Walk-N-Wag event!


At approximately 11:50 PM, 05/21/10, Officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at Country Hills Apartments, 1000 Heather Ridge Drive, Frederick, MD.

Upon the arrival of police, a 19-year-old black male victim was located in a second floor apartment with apparent gunshot wounds to both legs. The initial investigation revealed evidence that suggested that the shooting had occurred outside the building.

Once the scene was secured, EMS units arrived on-scene and treated the victim’s wounds. The victim was then flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD by MSP Trooper 3.
Police remained on scene for approximately two-and-a-half hours processing the crime scene and conducting an investigation.

At this time, the suspect(s) remains at large.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has information about the identity of the suspect(s) are encouraged to contact Detective Dave Armstrong at 301-600-1257. Anonymous tips can be made by calling the Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Armed Robbery

On 05/20/10, at approximately 2148 hours, officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to an armed robbery that occurred in front of the Giant Eagle supermarket, 1275 W. Patrick Street, Frederick MD.

Upon their arrival, the male victim advised that he pulled into the parking lot of the Giant Eagle and was about to exit his vehicle when an unknown black male approached the driver’s side of his vehicle. The victim said the suspect then pointed a handgun at his head and demanded his wallet. The victim complied with the suspect’s demands and surrendered his wallet. The suspect took the wallet from the victim and walked away towards the rear of Giant Eagle. A search of the area for the suspect was conducted by officers but it met with negative results.

The suspect was described as a black male in his mid to late 20’s, short stocky build, and was wearing a bandanna on his head. He was wearing a white shirt with an unidentified logo on the back. Any witnesses or anyone with additional information is asked to contact Frederick Police Department Detective Mike Morgan at 301-600-1259 or the Crime Tip Line at 240-674-TIPS (8477).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Youth Police Academy July 12th – 15th

The Frederick Police Department is pleased to offer the 8th annual Youth Police Academy. This program provides youth ages 7-14 with a close-up look at Law Enforcement and tools of the trade.

The youth will have the opportunity to learn what it is like to be a police officer, by participating in scenarios, learning about stranger danger, internet safety, having a chance to see departmental equipment, watch a K-9 demonstration, dust for fingerprints, process a staged crime scene and receive information on departmental programs. All attendees will also have the chance to attempt a physical agility course.

The academy will offer 4 sessions: July 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and is limited to 50 youth per day. The program will be held at the Charles V. Main Training Facility located at 6424 Plant Road, Frederick Maryland.

To receive more information or a registration form on this program please contact:
Michele Bowman, Community Outreach Coordinator at (301) 600-2091 or mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org.

Registration forms can also be downloaded at www.cityoffrederick.com/police

TVFrederick - Blaine Young Show

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yellow Cab to help with crime tip number.

Frederick businesses Yellow Cab and Airport View Signs have donated ten “taxi tops” to help promote the police department’s anonymous crime tip phone number. The signs will be placed on top of the taxi cabs and rotated through the fleet during the course of the year.

Lieutenant Stephen Tuel stated, “The assistance of local businesses has been invaluable as we have distributed our tip line information throughout the City. The cooperation of citizens in getting these wanted persons off the street and into the criminal justice system has been outstanding. The citizens of Frederick understand how important this program is to the quality of life in our city. “

Since its inception in spring 2009, calls to the anonymous crime tip line have provided valuable information in solving crimes and apprehending wanted subjects. Tips may also be reported by text to 240-674-TIPS (8477) and by email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010



Celebrate Frederick’s 2010 Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour features ten of Frederick’s finest private and public gardens that are sure to inspire your green thumb! These beautiful gardens will appeal to everyone, from the novice gardener to the seasoned pro. Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour will be held in Historic Frederick on Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, from 1 to 5 p.m.

In addition, this year’s garden tour introduces a brand new Garden Marketplace. This inaugural marketplace will be located at the Official Garden Tour Hospitality Center in the City Hall Courtyard, and will fill the surrounding area with music, food, and garden related wares. Marketplace hours are Noon to 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. City Hall is located at 101 North Court Street in Frederick, Maryland.
This year’s tour showcases a variety of gardening styles, from Old World charm and formal elegance, to English-infused beauty.

The gardens for this year’s tour follow:

The Gardens of the Evangelical Lutheran Church - 31 E. Church Street
Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1738, and is the oldest Lutheran congregation in Maryland. The present sanctuary was built in 1854 and shortly thereafter was used as a hospital after the battle of Antietam in September 1862. The grounds on Church Street accommodate over 13 gardens that range from formal to casual. The gardens have played backdrop to beautiful weddings, as well as picnics and church gatherings. The 100 year old Elm and low growing Japanese Maple tree create a serene atmosphere for members of the congregation seeking private conversations or ministering. In addition to providing sanctuary, the gardens often play a teaching role. A local eagle scout earned a badge designing and laying out one of the many gardens. The garden is graciously maintained by John Andrews Landscape Enterprises.

The Garden of Larry and Ann Attanasio - 223 E. 2nd Street
Just two blocks from Market Street, escape from the summer’s heat in this casual and serene garden. Beyond the double gate of this 1840 Federal style house lies an inviting garden evocative of a "Charleston hidden porch". This shade garden offers an oasis from the summer's heat. Several lovely seating areas among ferns and potted plants create an inviting atmosphere which might cause you to linger a bit in this second garden.

The Garden of Guillermo & Dian Rubiera - 225 E. 2nd Street
Whether it was dirt, flowers or building hardscapes – Dian Guillermo grew up in the country working hands on in the garden. The idea of planning, executing and completing a plan in the garden is something Dian finds both relaxing and rewarding. Korean and Kousa Dogwood, a Japanese Maple and a large Gingko tree shared between neighbors add height to the garden. In addition to the Colorado Spruces, Nellie Steven Hollis, Aunt Dee and Prolific Wisteria, the butterfly bush adds even more ambiance to this lush landscape. The slate patio with bricked gold fish pond houses arbortorium pots of stella d’oro and hibiscus. As you follow the flower beds along the slate path to the back of the garden, steal a moment of calm and shade under the wisteria covered pergola.

The Garden of Ruth Schipper - 311 E. 3rd Street
A backyard filled with patchy spots of green grass dotted with clover, strawberry plants and three fruit trees generously “donated” from passing birds greeted this garden owner on move in day. Walking along a hand laid (and wobbly) brick path to the back gate the ideas began to flow. After the completion of the University of Maryland Extension Service Master Gardeners class, Ruth began work on her “canvas” at 311 E. Third Street. With the help of Hawkins Landscaping, the garden and path was laid out as you see it today. The new stone path incorporates the bricks of the wobbly one of old and leads to a small statue of St. Fiacre – patron saint of gardeners. Dominated by perennials and vigorous self-seeing plants, the garden also boasts many plantings given by good friends. Watching these plantings return to life each Spring is considered a wonderful reminder of affection and gratitude for this Master Gardener.

The Garden of Tom & Cathy Canning - 327 E. 3rd Street
A blend between formal and cottage styles, you are visiting a garden in the season for which it was specifically designed. Spending much of their summer in Cape May, the Canning’s wanted to be sure to take advantage of the beautiful Frederick spring before heading off for vacation. A flagstone entrance was constructed off the screened in porch to lead you into the garden. While an antique park lamp and iron-gate create a vintage inspired backdrop to the blooming peonies.

The Garden of Michael & Patricia Harrison at Café Anglais - 238 N. Market Street
Daisy’s Garden, named for the Harrison’s pet dog, provides patrons of Café Anglais the chance to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea. This peaceful English style garden is a natural setting for many bridal showers and birthdays parties here in downtown Frederick. Each winter, the Harrison’s eagerly await the spring to hear the birds, see the bulbs emerge and plan on a summer of color. A variety of ferns and one large hemlock mark this landscaped yard with a mix of Astilbe, Campanula, Primrose and Hydrangea. Three unique features were added to the garden upon some apartment renovations by the homeowners. The claw footed tubs proved to be the perfect vessels for water features and planting.

The Garden at the Record Street Home for the Aged - 115 Record Street
The Record Street Home was established to provide “means of obtaining the comfort and security so necessary for the repose of mind and body which should ever attend the declining years of life” and is the only one of its kind still operable in the State of Maryland. This garden provides a pleasant place for its residents to enjoy the outdoors or remain active through light gardening. The two patios are ideal for residents to relax with friends and family during visits while observing the bird and butterfly residents of the garden.

The Garden of Marlborough House - 101 Record Street
You will find the beauty of this garden not behind the garden gates but in the front. The garden tended by residents Tom & Madge Yewell, Dick & Franci Wryough and Chip Dorsey borders the front of this house on the corner of Record and Church Streets. Essentially a planting garden, take note of the large Pyracatha as most people strolling by home do as well. A back patio plays host to parties and dinners in the summer and boasts items brought back from one of the residents previous homes in Mexico.

The Garden of Kevin & Margaret Hluch - 113 W. All Saints Street
Described by the Hluch’s as a space for meditation, their Zen layout brings a different style garden to the tour. Not solely considered a place for relaxation, the garden comfortably hosts BBQ’s, cocktails parties and a possible wedding in the near future. Central to the garden is a pergola and serene lily pond which provides the ideal spot to take rest in the space. The garden and Carroll Creek provide a wonderful backdrop for the many sculptures the Hluch’s treasure.

The Market Street Garden and The Director’s Rose Garden of the Federated Charities of Frederick 22 S. Market Street

Two distinctive gardens can be found at this location, one an original “postage stamp” style garden and the other a secluded niche tucked behind the building. The Market Street Garden, situated along the side of the building, is reminiscent of the Greek revival style of the residence itself. Visitors will be welcomed by the original Wickersham wrought iron fencing and gates surrounding this space. The Director’s Rose Garden can be found in the rear of the building. Both gardens are dominated by roses. The Market Street Garden is further enhanced by a host of perennials and annuals, including hostas, English ivy and Prairie Mallow plants. Matt Shelton of Innovative Landscapes graciously donates his talents to help maintain these gardens.
As you’re wandering through each garden, take a minute to watch the local artists who will be creating their own vision of the space, and don’t forget to visit the Garden Marketplace at the Frederick City Hall Courtyard for garden-related merchandise, food, and refreshments.
Tickets for the tour, which is held rain or shine, cost $20 per person and are mid-April at the following locations:

Flights of Fancy - 20 N. East Street
The Grapevine - 117 E. Patrick Street
The Tourism Council of Frederick County - 19 E. Church Street
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.celebratefrederick.com via Pay-Pal until Thursday, May 13, 2010.

As all of the gardens featured on the tour are provided courtesy of the homeowners or business owners, proper garden tour etiquette is requested. This includes remaining on paths or following directions through the gardens as indicated by the hosts. In addition, please refrain from wearing high-heeled shoes or pushing strollers in grassy areas. This will help to preserve the beauty of the gardens that the owners have worked so diligently to provide for the tour. Parents are asked to prevent children from picking flowers.

The 2010 Garden Tour Committee of Celebrate Frederick and The Tasker’s Chance Garden Club organized this year’s tour. The following Corporate Sponsors make this event possible by their generous financial contributions to Celebrate Frederick, our sponsors are: Spires Level Sponsors: Bechtel Group Foundation and Spectrum Federal Credit Union; Carillon Level Sponsors: Comcast, Sandy Spring Bank, Weis Markets, and 99.9 WFRE/930 WFMD; Bandshell Level Sponsors: BB&T, COMSTAR Federal Credit Union, The Frederick News Post, The Plamondon Companies and WHAG. Program Sponsor: Frederick Memorial Hospital.
For more information, please call The City of Frederick Office of Special Events at 301-600-CITY (2489) or visit www.CelebrateFrederick.com.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pangaea Festival 2010 Photos

Click Here for lots of photos from the 2010 Pangaea Festival at Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland.