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Main Street website up and running

Sarah Harrington

(6/19) Thurmont Main Street has launched its long awaited website to help promote Thurmont -

The new website was designed to appeal to two types of audiences. The first audience includes residents who are looking for local businesses and local events. The second audience includes visitors and new businesses. The website will be used to attract tourists and bring new businesses to town.

The website features a "Visit Thurmont" section, a "Relax, Retreat, and Recreate" section, a "Business" section, and a "Souvenir" section. Each section of the website gives visitors a better look at what is happening in Thurmont and what the town has to offer.

Website visitors and residents can also find a section on the history of the town. Here the section discusses the history of the many local businesses Thurmont holds. This history section of the website can be located under the "About" tab of the website. Steve Newman of the Thurmont Historical Society aided in the creation of this page.

Main Street Manager, Vickie Grinder states "The website shows off the beauty and relaxation that the town offers on a daily basis." The website will feature local events and all nonprofit organizations in Thurmont. These can be submitted to Grinder via email at

The website spotlights the natural resources of the town including Cunningham State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park. Thurmontís appeal to bikers and hikers is another town highlight featured on the website. Grinder reports "The town is known as a biking and hiking haven for professionals."

The goal of the website is to attract visitors. Grinder explained that Cunningham State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park are two of the main tools used on the website to achieve this goal. The hope according to Grinder is that residents and visitors will be attracted to the relaxation offered by the town and that will lead them to visit the local shops and restaurants.

While the website aims to attract more visitors it also aims to attract new businesses. Grinder explained that the website was designed to attract current entrepreneurs or businesses that have not established themselves yet and are interested in establishing their businesses in Thurmont. The business section of the website provides interested businesses with all the information they need to begin that process. This includes property listings with contact information. The souvenir section of the website will be ready once the Main Street Center is up and running.

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