NMVFD’s All You Can Eat Country Breakfast: March 15, 2020

Audubon Society of Central Maryland’s Bob Schaefer Nature Walk: March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 9 to 11 a.m.  Join us for a Bob Schaefer Nature Walk atthe Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary near Mt. Airy, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland. We’ll be looking for signs of spring, from swelling buds on trees to early spring migrant birds. Bluebirds will likely be laying claim to nest boxes. If winter weather has kept you indoors, here’s your chance to get out for a walk through meadows and forests.

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this walk. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars (some binoculars will be available to borrow).

People of all ages are welcome. Meet at 9 a.m. at the sanctuary entrance gate, 13030 Old Annapolis Road (just east of Detrick Road) Mt. Airy. No restroom facilities are available. The walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

2020 Census: April 1, 2020

Dear New Market Residents – Its almost time to be counted in the 2020 census! The Town, County and State needs your participation!

Please take a moment and fill your census form

o    Our Census results will determine our representation in Congress and impacts our local legislative districts.

o    It helps us attract new businesses to town and better plan for the town future!

o    The collected data is the basis for funding critical programs and services that help New Market!

o    It assists local decision-making for economic development, school construction, transportation projects, public health, public safety and emergency planning!

o    In 2010 our town’s participation rate was only 80%, we ranked 33rd out of all the of the 157 towns and cities in the state! Lets beat that number this time!

You will be getting an invitation to respond the mail soon. Counting starts on April 1st! Your participation this time will be faster and easier, you can respond on your phone ,online of through the mail

If you have any questions or need help please contact  Ms. Eileen White, The County Census Coordinator, at emitchell@frederickcountymd.gov

Ms. White is also available via telephone at 301-600-2020.

On consult the Census Frederick County webpage at https://frederickcountymd.gov/7938/Census-Frederick-County.

We’re also on Facebook at Census Frederick County 2020 – @CensusFrederick2020

Audubon Hosts Native Plan Sale: April 25, 2020

Annual Plant Sale to Be Held April 25 in Mt. Airy

AIRY, MARYLAND, JAN 27, 2020 — The Audubon Society of Central Maryland (ASCM) will host a Native Plant Sale from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary. The ASCM’s 130-acre wildlife and native plant sanctuary is located at 13030 Old Annapolis Road, west of Mount Airy, MD.

Birds, pollinators, and other wildlife need a diverse and healthy native habitat to survive and thrive. Gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts can support them by growing plants native to Central Maryland. Native plants tend to be hardier and lower maintenance than non-native plants. Once established, they require less water if planted in the proper location since they are adapted to their native environment.

The unique selection of hard-to-find, healthy native plants from local growers makes the Audubon’s 21stannual sale a “Don’t Miss” event for gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts. The event also offers attendees an opportunity to talk with experts about native plants and wildlife, especially birds.

New for 2020

Journalist, naturalist, and author Nancy Lawson will sign and sell copies of her book, The Humane Gardener, at the sale. Birdhouses and feeders will also be sold.

Piedmont Perfect

Perennials, shrubs, and trees were specifically selected for the sale by Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists for the Piedmont region of Maryland. Plants being sold this spring will soon be listed on the ASCM website, https://www.centralmdaudubon.org/plant-sale-2020. Most plants offered at the2018 sale will be sold this year as well as some new varieties.

Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. They, as well as Audubon members, can help you choose the right plants to create your own beautiful wildlife sanctuary.

“The Native Plant Sale offers the public an opportunity to purchase locally grown native plants for their gardens, and it supports the Audubon Society of Central Maryland’s mission of providing habitat for birds. It also supports the society’s two sanctuaries as well as educational and habitat protection programs,” said Morgan Lakey, president of the ASCM.  “We deeply appreciate your support and welcome your involvement with the ASCM,” he added.

Sanctuary Walks

During the sale, ASCM’s bird, plant, and wildlife sanctuary will be open for guided walks. The 130-acre sanctuary, one of two owned and cared for by the ASCM, includes trails and beautiful meadows filled with native plants. It is home to migrating and non-migrating birds as well as butterflies and other wildlife.

Supporting Wildlife

Profits from the sale help fund ASCM’s two wildlife sanctuaries, education programs, and habitat protection projects throughout Central Maryland.

Bring a Wagon

For the best selection of plants, arrive before 10:00 am (plants disappear quickly). Bring a wagon if you plan on buying many plants. The sale will be held rain or shine. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

The ASCM’s Native Plant Sale will run from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary, rain or shine.

New Market’s South Alley Block Party: Save the Date

5K Fighter Run 2020: Save the Date

Christmas in New Market 2020: Save the Date

Come out to the park and enjoy refreshments and caroling while waiting for Santa to arrive and light New Market’s Town Christmas Tree. Then experience the community’s holiday spirit as you watch New Market’s annual holiday parade down Main Street Saturday morning. Santa will be waiting in Town Hall to visit with the children following the parade. Be sure to check out the annual decorated tree auction, and take home your favorite! Witness the history and beauty of Main Street’s historic homes and visit the shops, decked in their holiday finery. Be sure to place a vote for your favorite in the third annual door decorating contest.

FY 2020 Real Property Tax Rebate

FROM Ordinance 2019-02: SECTION III: BE IT FURTHER ENACTED that any real property owner who reaches the age of 65 during the 2019-2020 fiscal year is eligible for a $100 tax refund. This refund will be calculated according pro-rated period of property ownership during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This refund applies to only one owner per property. Refund will only be disbursed to the property owners as certified by the State Department of Assessments & Taxation. Refund will be disbursed in the name of all property owners of qualified properties regardless of age. This refund is not limited to the number of properties owned. All taxes must be paid in full before tax refund disbursed. Corporately held and partnership properties do not qualify for refund.

Please print and complete the 65+ Tax Rebate form and mail or drop off at Town Hall: 40 South Alley, PO Box 27, New Market, MD 21774-0027

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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 Interested in Volunteering?

We’re looking to develop a talent bank of volunteers that we can draw from when there are openings on the various boards or commissions. If you are interested, please stop our office for an volunteer application form or click here.

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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.