Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Horse rescue farm receives $10K grant

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HorseNet Horse Rescue, which includes a Mount Airy farm, received an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to provide medical and health-related support of 12 neglected Arabber ponies recently placed in its care.

Many of the ponies rescued by HorseNet suffer from a variety of health problems ranging from thrush, blindness, malnutrition and respiratory disorders. One mare is currently in foal. HorseNet will use the money to provide veterinary, rolfing, dental, nutritional and farrier services.

Arabber ponies were used to pull carts selling vegetables or produce throughout Baltimore streets. In August, the City of Baltimore condemned the stables where the ponies were maintained due to unsafe conditions. Following transfer to a series of temporary homes, HorseNet rescued 12 of these ponies.

‘‘These ponies suffer from many medical and emotional needs and their rehabilitation is expected to take many months,” said Ellen Williams, founder and executive director of HorseNet, in a press release. ‘‘PetSmart’s generous gift will go a long way to ensuring that these ponies receive the best possible care so that they may eventually be adopted by loving families.”

HorseNet is a volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for horses that have been abandoned, neglected, abused or are aged or unwanted. HorseNet currently houses more than 100 horses at its farms in Mount Airy, New Windsor and Westminster. Many of the horses suffer from physical, emotional or ‘‘special care” needs that prevent them from being adopted. These horses, including several that are blind, often remain under HorseNet’s permanent care.

For more information on HorseNet and the rescue of these Arabber ponies, contact Ellen Williams at 410-848-1334 or visit online.

American Red Cross Heroes Campaign underway

Community leaders recently met at the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross to learn more about the chapter’s work and to plan the county’s annual Heroes Campaign.

Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grass roots program in which local business people, school and church groups, civic clubs and individuals pledge to raise $1,000 through any legal means they choose for the local Red Cross Chapter.

This year the Frederick County Chapter has a $100,000 goal for its Heroes Campaign, which lasts for three weeks. The money will be used to support Red Cross services, such as disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, first aid and CPR training and disaster preparedness information for the community. Money raised will support Frederick County.

Randy Jones, owner of Restaurant 611 in Frederick and a member of the program, will host a leap year dance on Feb. 29 to help raise money. In lieu of a cover charge, donations at the door will go the Frederick Chapter.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., The restaurant is located at 611 N. Market St.

For more information, call Niki Thrash at 301-662-5131 or Randy Jones at 301-631-1460.

Free tax preparation sites open Feb. 23

Low and middle-income taxpayers can receive free help with their taxes as part of a statewide campaign.

Special attention will be given to those age 60 and over.

Assistance will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 as part of the campaign’s kickoff at the following locations: Eldersburg Library, 6400 W. Hemlock Dr.; Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Ave.; and Westminster Library, 50 E. Main St. Appointments are not necessary.

The Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., currently provides assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through April 14 by appointment only. Call 410-795-1017 or 301-829-2407.

The South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Sykesville currently provides assistance from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through April 15 by appointment only. Call 410-549-1357.

The AARP Foundation campaign promotes awareness of the AARP Tax-Aide program, which offers free income tax assistance, including federal and state tax preparation, to low and middle-income Maryland taxpayers at 175 locations throughout the tax year.

‘‘Trained volunteers working at these free tax preparation sites will help ensure taxpayers receive all the deductions and credits they are due,” said Deborah L. Herman, Maryland State Coordinator for the AARP Tax-Aide program, in a press release. ‘‘We can alleviate some of the stress taxpayers face at tax time, and help many get a faster refund.”

The AARP Tax-Aide program is entering its 40th year and is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, according to the release. Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

For more information or to locate other Maryland sites, visit⁄money⁄taxaide online.

Lenten seriesopen to the public

Calvary Lutheran Church invites the community to attend its Lenten series, Conversations Before the Crisis, noon Sundays.

‘‘Emergency Preparedness” will be covered Sunday; ‘‘Estate Planning⁄Advanced Directives,” Feb. 17; ‘‘Cancer Prevention and Support Services,” Feb. 24; ‘‘Access to Aging Services⁄Alzheimer’s,” March 2; and ‘‘Understanding Grief,” March 9.

Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 16151 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy. Contact Audrey Forbes at 410-489-5280 or Regina Schneider at 301-854-6003 for more information.

The Catoctin Affair needs volunteers, sponsors

The Catoctin Affair organizing committee is in full swing planning the 10th annual event to be held April 11 in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn FSK.

The black tie benefit raised more than $134,000 last year with proceeds benefiting the programs of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County.

The evening features gourmet fare from 12 local restaurants and caterers, wines, music, dancing and a live and silent auction.

For more information about joining the committee or becoming a corporate sponsor, visit or contact Cindy Burdette at 301-698-4974.

The Mental Health Association of Frederick County is a private, non-profit organization that has served the community for 43 years. Services and programs include the Frederick County Hotline, Telephone Reassurance, Youth Education Outreach, Child Abuse Prevention, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Supervised Visitation, ParentPower Education Courses, Kids on the Block, Counseling Services, and Child Care Choices.

For more information, visit or contact MHA at 301-663-0011.

Maryland retreat for families of a child with diabetes

Setebaid Services in cooperation with Daniel S. O’Leary Clover Farm Diabetes Camp is hosting a diabetes family weekend Feb. 22-24 for children living with Type 1 diabetes and their families at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Flintstone, Md.

The weekend offers families the opportunity to meet with peers and share feelings and ideas on raising a child or children with diabetes.

It provides a support group and educational programs for caregivers while their children, the child with diabetes and their siblings, can enjoy fun educational programs developed especially for them.

The weekend encourages children and their families to develop a better understanding of diabetes so that they may meet its lifelong challenges with confidence.

Parents and other adult caregivers (aunts, uncles, siblings, babysitters) may select from a host of educational sessions including new technologies in insulin pump therapy and blood glucose monitoring techniques. Daily living topics include sick-day management, dealing with diabetes in the school, and how to work with a child’s teacher. Each session is led by a healthcare professional or diabetes care specialist. All of the children’s sessions are staffed by early childhood specialists who are trained in diabetes care.

The weekend enables children and families to develop important skills while enjoying a weekend among people who share a similar experience of living with diabetes, according to the press release.

Setebaid Services is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Winfield, Penn., whose mission it is to provide diabetes education programs and support services for young people living with diabetes and their families. The Daniel S. O’Leary Clover Farm Diabetes Camp has recently partnered with Setebaid Services toward developing camp services and educational programming.

Reservations and more information are available at or by calling 570-524-9090 or 866-SETEBAID. Assistance is available for families in financial need to attend the weekend.

Carroll winterindoor flea market

This year the flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 33 in the Danele Shipley Memorial Arena at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Set up starts 6 a.m.

Amateur and professional vendors can participate by contacting the flea market manager via e-mail at or calling 443-340-7036.

Spaces, 10’X10’ are available for $25 with nonprofit organizations eligible for a second space for free.

Bring your own tables and displays or rent an 8-foot exhibitor table for $5. Chairs are included in vendor registration fee.

This event benefits the Ag Center and its programs and events.

Nonprofit organizations that would like to share news in Service Notes may send the information to The Gazette, 218 S. Main St., Mount Airy, MD 21771, e-mail to or fax to 301-829-9101.

Bee-keeping short course held in March

The Howard County Beekeepers Association will sponsor a bee-keeping short course Tuesdays, beginning March 4 and ending March 25, at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Classes run from 7 until 9:30 p.m. in the dining hall. A field day will include work with live colonies in early April.

The course is open to anyone with an interest in honeybees and will provide information on starting a colony for pollination, honey or educational experience.

Topics include: How To Get Started; Honeybee Biology; Bee-keeping Equipment; Colony Management; and Pollination and Dealing with Pests and Diseases.

The program costs $30 per family for a text and instructional materials and $10 annual dues for club member ship. For more information or to register, contact Allen Hayes at or 410-489-2835 or Wayne Esaias at or 301-854-3180.

Organic grain, forage production workshops

Farmers interested in growing organic feed stocks and exploring these new marketing opportunities are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming regional workshops.

The workshops will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company or 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park.They will cover how to transition to organic grain and forage production, how to become certified organic, find ways to maximize the conservation benefits of organic farming, explore the various marketing and funding opportunities.Speakers will include nationally renowned expert, Dr. John Teasdale of USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Beltsville, as well as local farmers who have successfully made the transition to organic. Field days will be held in late summer⁄early fall 2008.

The workshops are hosted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, USDA ARS Beltsville, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Maryland Cooperative Extension and Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board as part of the USDA Maryland Conservation Innovation Grant with additional funding from the Wallace Genetic Foundation.They are free and include lunch, but pre-registration is requested by Feb. 15.

For more information, go to⁄pdf⁄organicwkshp.pdf, or contact Kate Mason at or 410-841-5779.