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Danielle Ryan

(10/26) New traffic signal project begins

Construction has begun to replace and upgrade the traffic signal lights at the downtown square in Thurmont. The downtown square in Thurmont encompasses the intersection of East and West Main Streets, North Church Street, and Water Street.

This project includes three main goals. Firstly, replacing the existing poles and signal lights. 4 poles were previously in place. There will now only be 2 poles with 50’ long arms for the signal lights to be attached. Secondly, pedestrian crossing assistance devices will be installed on all 4 corners of the square. Push pads that will control new pedestrian crossing lights will also be installed. Lastly, all underground wiring to control the new lights and devices will be installed.

"Over the next few months, there may be traffic delays when traveling through or around the center of town. Drivers are urged to use caution and watch for workers and flaggers. Pedestrians should also be alert and exercise caution when walking in this section of town," said Thurmont Police Chief Greg Eyler. Thurmont Chief Administrative officer Jim Humerick stated "This is yet another significant upgrade to our downtown area. We appreciate everyone’s patience while these improvements are underway."

Shop small on November 26

American Express promoted the first-ever Small Business Saturday that took place on Saturday, Nov 27, 2010. The movement was created to encourage people across the country to support small, locally owned businesses. In 2011, The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution of support for Small Business Saturday.

During 2012, American Express continued to expand the movement into all 50 states from Washington D.C., to Washington State, governors, mayors, and even President Obama championed Small Business Saturday. In 2013, Think Big, Shop Small would continue to grow with more individuals and local organizations pledging to support the day as Neighborhood Champions.

During American Express Small Business Saturday, small businesses owned the day and American Express encouraged small business owners to take charge of the day, which resulted in 14.3 billion dollars spent in small locally owned establishments. Last year, on Small Business Saturday, was one for the record when 95 million shoppers supported their neighborhood businesses like never before, continuing to embrace the day as a holiday shopping tradition. November 26 is Small Business Saturday created by American Express. Think Big and Shop Small on November 26 to make a difference in Thurmont! Support your locally owned businesses – they are the heart of the community. Watch for promotions and local businesses information on Thurmont Main Street FB page the week of Small Business Saturday.

Mowing contract extended

The Thurmont Board of Commissioners voted to extend the mowing contract with their current provider during the October 100 Town meeting. The company, Flo’s Lawn Care, has been doing an excellent job, stated Mayor Kinnaird. Their prices have not changed and their personnel have always been respectful to members of the community. The contract, which is in its third year, was renewed at a cost of $44,000, a price that has remained consistent as years past.

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