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Thurmont recognized as National Main Street accredited community

Danielle Ryan

(7/22) Thurmont Main Street has been named a 2016 Main Street accredited community. Thurmont Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder has worked hard to ensure that Thurmont remains compliant in the rigorous requirements set forth to obtain this recognition. Public outreach, programming, economic development, sustainable practices, and the creation of a business-friendly environment are only a few of the many required elements of this program.

Over the past year, Thurmont has achieved many goals which helped contribute to the community accreditation. Thurmont’s Main Street Center, located at 11 Water Street, opened June 5th of this year. The Center is open most weekends and is staffed by volunteers in the community.

The Main Street Center serves numerous needs for the community such as functioning as the Visitor Center where visitors can pick up information on the town’s businesses. The Center also provides a location where local artists can display and sell their artwork, it serves as a public meeting space open to various community groups, and it also serves as a main base for Christmas in Thurmont, and will host various events during the holiday season.

Thurmont also has put on a variety of community events such as the Farmers Market, Gallery Strolls, "Thurmont Think Pink" and the "Buy Local" program. Not to mention Christmas in Thurmont, which is a yearly holiday event, that includes photos with Santa Claus, caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Mechanicstown Square Park.

Furthermore, the Town has also done some revitalization projects that included new sidewalks, new street lights, new benches, trash cans and bicycle racks. Partnerships with Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and Frederick County Office of Economic Development were also created.

More information and further details will follow next month.

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