New Market working to rebrand town

By CJ Fairfield cjfairfield@newspost.com, Jan 6, 2019

Although it’s been known as “the antique capital of Maryland,” New Market is working to make sure Frederick County knows the town offers more than just antiques.

West Main Street in New Market is a combination of private residences and shops. FNP Staff photo by Bill Green

West Main Street in New Market is a combination of private residences and shops.
FNP Staff photo by Bill Green

In August, a marketing and branding study was conducted in New Market that surveyed a focus group as well as town residents that garnered more than 300 responses of what people want to see in town.

And the result was that residents want variety.

“The branding study confirmed a lot of what we already knew,” said New Market Mayor Winslow F. Burhans III. “People want different stuff. Antiques are great, but at the end of the day antiques are not necessarily what people are looking for.”

According to the study, people want businesses such as a farmers’ market, coffee bar, bakery, microbrewery and a wine lounge with music, to name just a few.

New Market lost a lot of antique shops in the 1990s due to shop owners dying, Burhans said. Those vacant shops could not be filled because, at the time, a town ordinance stated that only antique shops could open on Main Street.

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Potomac Edison Reminds Maryland Customers of Available Assistance Programs to Help with Winter Bills

Williamsport, Md. – With cold weather now affecting the region, financial assistance programs are available for eligible Potomac Edison customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying customers is available through the Community Energy Fund, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, the Electric Universal Service Program, and the Utility Service Protection Program.

  • The Community Energy Fund is a needs-based program providing assistance to qualifying residential customers who need emergency help paying their electric bill. The company matches donations from customers 50 cents on each dollar. The distribution of funds is administered by local administering agencies in Potomac Edison’s service territory, including:

o Allegany County Department of Social Services at 301-784-7000

o Religious Coalition (Frederick area) at 301-631-2670

o Human Service Program of Carroll County at 410-857-2999

o Garrett County Community Action Committee at 301-334-9431

  • The Maryland Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services and the Office of Home Energy Programs that helps low-income electric customers pay their electric bills. The program promotes energy conservation, customer financial responsibility and energy independence. To apply for benefits and services customers should apply online at  https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us, or call the Maryland Department of Human Services at 800-332-6347.
  • The Electric Universal Service Program is a state-funded program administered by the Department of Human Services and the Office of Home Energy Programs that helps low-income electric customers pay their electric bills. The program also can help electric customers with arrearage retirement, bill assistance or weatherization. To apply for benefits and services customers should apply online at https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us, or call the Maryland Department of Human Services at 800-332-6347.
  • The Utility Service Protection Program is a federally sponsored program administered by the Department of Human Services and the Office of Home Energy Programs. This program provides customers certain protections during the heating season. To apply for benefits and services, customers should apply online at https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us, or call the Maryland Department of Human Services at 800-332-6347.

Potomac Edison residential customers also can manage their electric bills through the Average Payment Plan (APP). With APP, customers can make consistent monthly payments to avoid seasonal highs and lows in their electric bills. To apply or learn more about other company programs, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist or call 800-686-0011.

In addition to the payment options, Potomac Edison offers a Medical Certification program. Disconnection of electric service resulting from overdue bills can be delayed up to 30 days if it is determined that the loss of electric service would be especially dangerous to the health of a permanent member of a customer’s household. An appropriate health care professional must complete and sign a Medical Certification Form for the eligible customer.

Potomac Edison also offers a program called Third Party Notification where a relative, friend, clergy, or social service agency can be notified along with the customer if electric service is about to be disconnected. The third party is not obligated to pay the overdue bills but can help make payment arrangements for the customer who might have difficulty paying their bill.

Operation Prevention

The Town is joining the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and other local municipalities’ efforts to raise awareness about substance use and the opioid crisis.  The Town will promote the statewide “211” hotline number that connects people to important community treatment and counseling services.

The Town is also making available a publication, the “Parent Toolkit,” produced by Discovery Education, which provides:

  • Background information on the facts versus the myths of addiction;
  • Information on how to recognize the common signs of potential drug abuse in children and teenagers;
  • Recommendations on starting a conversation with children about drug abuse; and
  • Suggestions for prevention of abuse and Intervention if abuse occurs.

Substance abuse and the opioid epidemic affect every community.  Education is the starting point for a community to combat this public health crisis.  Pick up a copy of the “Parent Toolkit” at the Town Office during working hours.  Thank you.

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Alateen Meetings: Weekly, Tuesdays

Alateen is a support group for young relatives of Alcoholics, ages 12 – 19, and part of Alanon. We meet weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church located at 5740 Green Valley Road, New Market in the church building. For additional information, please call 240-233-6237 or visit Alateen’s website here.

Abuse Treatment Facility for Adolescents in Frederick

The Youth Ranch, formerly the Maryland Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, a nonprofit in Frederick, Maryland, opened our new facility on June 1, 2016. We are a Residential Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Facility for Adolescents ages 12-17. In the State of Maryland, there are very few facilities available to help adolescents with substance abuse issues.

We have a mind, body, spirit approach. Our program provides:
• 24 Hour Supervision, Residential Stay
• Intensive Outpatient Therapy from our Outside Provider, Crossroads Center of Frederick
• Individualized Treatment Plans
• Oversight of Schooling
• Life Skill Classes
• Recreational & Leisure Activities
• Team Building Activities
• Nutritional Classes
• 12 Step Program
• Mentoring Program
• Spiritual Program
• Group, Individual and Family Therapy

The Youth Ranch is located on 204 beautiful, rural acres in Frederick County, Maryland. We have a top-notch facility and 41 years of experience working with adolescents. Our model is new to the State of Maryland – combining a residential program with Intensive Outpatient Therapy – thus giving our clients 1 – 3 months longer to receive therapy before having to return to their homes. Our facility is private pay for the residential portion with insurance covering the Intensive Outpatient Therapy.

Please click here to see our latest brochure.

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Frederick County Emergency Notification System

Frederick County has an emergency notification system. You may sign up for alerts on Severe Weather Alerts, Governmental Notices, General Announcements, and Law Enforcement Advisories. The service is free of charge. To register click here.