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Gear Up for the Holidays: New Home for Model Engineers Train Car

For around five decades, the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME) called a small plot of land at 423 E. Patrick Street home. Its structure was not a building, but rather a historic train car that formerly transported thoroughbred race horses. The 70-foot long car was placed on a small set of railroad tracks. The nonprofit organization hosted regular …

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Best Spots for Pumpkin Picking and Fall Fun in Frederick

  If you head to a majority of the local chain grocery stores, you are sure to see a number of pumpkins available for purchase. But, let’s be honest. Where is the fun in just grabbing one there and setting it beside the week’s groceries? Instead how about heading to a number of locally owned and operated farms to pick …

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Run amok at these local Halloween events

Children in halloween costumes

Nowadays, Halloween costumes are not cheap. Parents and guardians would like for their children to get a good amount of use out of the costumes they purchase because, most likely, they will not fit them next year. Before the spooktacular trick-or-treat neighborhood events on Oct. 31, there are more than a dozen local events for families to run amok (amok, …

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Exploring the Benefits of Dance Education in Frederick

Fusion Dance Studio Frederick

Whether they are twirling in the aisle of the supermarket, bobbing their heads while sitting in a car seat or jumping around the room, many children love to express themselves through dance. Dance is almost like the doorway to everything else creative,” says Mallory Coombs, director of the Musical Theater Factory at 24-7 Dance Studio in Frederick. “When you have …

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The 10 Best Places to Get Ice Cream in Frederick

Girl eating a vanilla ice cream cone

While temperatures continue to reach the 90s and upper 80s, one great way to cool off is by grabbing an ice cream cone or cup. Frederick County and the area just outside its borders are a treasure trove of locally-owned shops and creameries whose cows provide the milk for their sweet treats. Guests don’t have to settle for just the …

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Parent You Should Know: Amy Smith

Amy Smith's Family. Amy Smith, her husband, and her three kids.

What inspired you to create your own designs? I love supporting my kids in whatever activity they are involved in. Typically, I’m on a sideline cheering my son for baseball or coaching my daughter’s rec cheer team. I knew I wanted a matching team cup and decided I could make them!   What’s the hardest part about juggling parenthood and …

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The School-Year Vacation

A senior man spends time with his grandchildren at the beach

More and more families are traveling during the school year. Here’s how to minimize the impact—and maximize the benefits—of school-year vacations. Last January, my family took an epic 11-day vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. We swam, snorkeled, hiked and—most importantly—bonded. The best part? Our kids, twin boys in fifth grade and a daughter in second grade at the time, only missed …

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‘Stuff the Bus’ to Help Kids in Need Receive School Supplies

  While many kids are still perfecting their cannonballs in area pools and lakes, the 2022-2023 school year is just around the corner. But buying the needed school supplies can be difficult for some families, leaving their children without the tools they need to enter the classroom. In an effort to help low-income families receive the supplies they need for …

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