Homework

Before Public Safety Day began, the LFC Class of 2016 was tasked with a homework assignment: Complete a ride along or tour the detention center. Some participants rode with medics, the Sheriff’s department, and the fire department, while others went to the court house and the detention center. Whether it was responding to a potential cardiac arrest and a car accident, going on a patrol and responding to shoplifting at the mall or a domestic dispute, or viewing a trial on delinquent child support payments, the class members headed into the class day with a deeper perspective.


Law Enforcement Center

The sun came up over the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, as the LFC Class of 2016 arrived and Frederick County’s finest continued their work. Our morning featured discussions with the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, including Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.

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At the center, the class learned about procedures, challenges, and the responsibilities of law enforcement personnel. We saw tactical equipment demonstrations (including a taser) and toured the Emergency Communications Center to learn about response time and preparedness

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Pictured above left: Jason Null, Special Tactics


Junior Fire Company

At the Junior Fire Company, we got an inside look at a fire engine and an ambulance, and heard about the career and volunteer fire and rescue services in Frederick County from Fire Chief Tom Owens. During lunch, the Junior Fire Company had responded to 4 calls. Every 16 minutes there is an incident in this county.

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Frederick County Courthouse

Then it was off to the Frederick County Courthouse for a meeting with Circuit Court Judges Terry Adams, Julie Solt and Magistrate Julie Miner. Deputy State’s Attorney Nanci Hamm discussed the role and responsibilities of the State’s Attorney’s Office, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandy Dalton discussed court and jury operations.

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Maryland Police Aviation Unit

The day ended with a tour and conversation with the crew of Trooper 3, the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit located at Frederick Municipal Airport. Pilot Russ Zulick talked about the aircraft, its mission, and the importance of the Golden Hour of Trauma.

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Wrap Up

This class day provides insight into the public safety measures and professionals protecting Frederick County. In Leadership there lies a passion. This was clearly displayed by all the public safety officials and their dedication to the job and community.

“I feel like I have never worked a day in my life” – Jason Null, Special Tactics

Class members discussed challenges facing these department, budgeting and how to prepare for future issues, and making a plan for an emergency at their business.

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Special thanks to Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to MAJ Troy Barrick(2016) who helped plan and present the day.

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Learn more about the program, enrollment dates, and opportunities to get involved. LFC is a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

Why Frederick?

The Class of 2016 set out for Economic Development Day with the goal of understanding why Frederick is a great place to do business.

We started the day at Frederick City Hall where Mayor Randy McClement discussed his philosophy of “Finding a Way to Say Yes” and the “Zero-Balance Budget”. Richard Griffin(2010), Frederick City Department of Economic Development; Helen Propheter(2010), Frederick County Office of Economic Development; and Heather Gramm(2011), Maryland Department of Commerce provided an overview of economic development. They discussed demographics, trends and expansions, sustainable initiatives, market access, commuting patterns and infrastructure, major employers, biotechnology, tourism, and commercial development.

After the presentation, the class heard from a panel of local business leaders including Daryl Boffman, Acela Technology; Tony Checchia, Frederick Indoor Sports Center, Kate Surdez(2014), Astrazeneca; and Dr. Chris Kemp, Kempbio.


Work Where There’s Room to Play

The Class also watched Work Where There’s Room to Play, a video from the City of Frederick that shows off our vibrant business culture and merchant life.


See for Yourself

With Richard Griffin as a guide, the class hit the streets for a walking tour of Carroll Creek Park and the Downtown Frederick area. The class was joined by Danielle Doll from the Downtown Frederick Partnership who discussed the impact of design and planning on the merchant community.

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Then it was off to the Bechtel campus for lunch from Manalu and the Broker’s Prospective presentation from Avision Young. The class learned about development plans and progress for the Westview South area and got an in depth look at Avision Young’s integrated approach to commercial real estate.

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The day continued with a tour of Wright Manufacturing conducted by their president, Shawn Wolfe. Their motto is E2B4 which means Everybody-Everyday Building Mowers-Building Teams-Building Companies-Building Lives.

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The final stop was Flying Dog Brewery, where the class got a tour and a lesson from CEO Jim Caruso.

“The World wants you to fit in, and not fitting in makes the world uncomfortable. Don’t fit in” – Jim Caruso, Flying Dog Brewery

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Special thanks to David Rogers and Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to Jodie Bollinger(2014) who assisted throughout the day.

 

Discover Leadership Frederick County

Learn more about the program, enrollment dates, and opportunities to get involved. LFC is a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

A participant’s journey through Frederick County Agriculture

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7:15 am – Watching the class come in, many decked out in plaid shirts, jeans, and boots in response to a Facebook post encouraging folks to dress up for Halloween as scarecrows. The joys of social media requests.

8:00 am – Thinking how happy classmate Kelsey Maslen looks presenting on Agriculture in Frederick County. She described it as “getting her geek on”. I describe it as a person who really loves what she does and isn’t afraid to show it.

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9:00 am – At Lawyer’s Farm listening to Taylor Lawyer Huffman’s moving story about her father. She shared her family’s endeavor to carry on his name and the farm he loved.

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9:30 am – Laughing as I watch Jaime and Teri blast pumpkins out of the cannon.

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11:00 am – Feeling the wind whipping through me as we tour the grounds of Big Cork Vineyards and taste the sweet grapes straight from the vine.

11:30 am – Eating great food and drinking fabulous wines. Being a spectator as a group of classmates play cornhole on the winery lawn. No one wants to leave and get back on the bus.

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2:00 pm – Learning about the dairy industry from Maryland Farm Bureau President and owner of Rocky Point Creamery, Chuck Fry… riding in a school bus painted like a Holstein Cow and chuckling at Brent and Jaime for putting on the cow mask. Oohing and aahing as we ride through the barn and see cows and calves, one born yesterday…. more eating (what diet?) this time ice cream freshly made at the creamery. Yummy.

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3:30 pm – Smiling as we visit one of my favorite farms near my house, Thanksgiving Farms. Proud my classmates liked their family story and took a CSA membership form, which I think means they acknowledge shopping local is important and are considering participating.

3:45 – Surprised how many classmates never experienced the wonderful crispness and taste of an Asian Pear and were delighted to try one.

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4:15 pm – Shaking my head and laughing as I see classmates running across the field, inserting their faces into scarecrow cutouts with David running right behind them to take their picture. That falls in the category of #lovingmylfcclassmates.

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4:30 pm – Smelling the fresh aroma from the Christmas trees at our last stop. The Mayne Family is the Farm Family of the Year and is very proud of it. I love seeing people in their element, and the owner was indeed in his when he made the bus stop so he could prune a tree. He must have pruned 5 trees in a minute.

5:00 pm – Sleeping on the way back to the Chamber after a fun-filled and full experience.

Sometime over the weekend – Thanking the Chamber Team, Lawyer’s Farm, Big Cork Vineyard, Rocky Point Creamery, Thanksgiving Farm, Mayne’s Tree Farm, and LFC Class of 2016 for making this a day one that I will never forget.

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Chris and her classmates scope out the homemade ice cream selection at South Mountain Creamery.

Ice cream for breakfast, a gourmet meal of locally-grown seasonal vegetables, grains, and meats, followed by wine and chocolate for dinner… Could Ag Day with Leadership Frederick County get any better?!

Weaving our way from Middletown to Mt. Airy, our Day in the Life of Frederick County Agriculture included South Mountain Creamery, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, England Acres Farm, Paradise Stables, and Black Ankle Vineyards.  This was just a “taste” of the 1,400+ farms that make Frederick County the largest agricultural county in Maryland!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s nice to know that we rank #1 in turkeys!

The ag industry is a vital part of the economy and quality of life in Frederick County. As the county grows and is able to provide more and better services to it’s citizens, so does the ag industry.  With 664 square miles of rolling mountains, flat river valleys, bubbling streams, and bright green pastures, I feel truly blessed to live in such a vibrant community.

Editor’s Note: Many thanks goes to the entire Ag Day team, especially Colby Ferguson of Frederick County Business Development and Retention.

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One of the things I love most about Frederick is its peaceful agricultural landscapes. Frederick is home to many of Maryland’s farms. You can meet local farmers at any of Frederick’s 10 seasonal farmers markets, or learn more about the county’s farms at the Frederick County Virtual Farmers Market.

Another way to buy local is by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA allows consumers to buy fresh, local food directly from the producer. Yearly sign-ups usually take place by May, but some farms also offer Fall CSAs, which are shorter in length and a good way to try CSA for a few weeks. Summer Creek Farm offers the largest CSA in Frederick County, including a Fall option, but there are plenty of other Frederick County CSAs and even some delivery options (South Mountain Creamery and South Mountain Veggies). Finally, if you’d rather buy beef jerky than beets, you might like Hedgeapple Farm, offering local grass-fed Angus beef.

Whichever approach you choose, have some fun and go local this summer!

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