• The Center is now open.  Check out our daily lunch menus and our activities.  Masks are now required for everyone coming into the Thurmont Senior Center until further notice due to the rise in Delta variant cases in Frederick County.  Zumba Gold classes on Fridays and Exercise with Alice on Tuesdays have been postponed until further notice while everyone is masked.  We thank you for your patience. Tell you senior friends.

  • By Teresa Kempisty

    Well hello there, hope we are soon to be seeing signs of spring.  Won’t that be refreshing after all the snow we have been having?  I am not complaining about the snow though, because we need it to replenish the ground water and all the wonderful trout streams around here.  Yes, those of you who know me well, know that I love to fish (I got that from my parents) and now my sons love to fish.  I don’t know if any of you seniors noticed how pathetically low the creek water was around here this past summer and fall, but it was just a bit more than a trickle.  So just when you think you can’t take any more snow, remember it’s replenishing what nature needs.  Now what we need is for COVID19 and it’s variants to take a HIKE so we can get back to normal and be able to open the center.

    Congratulations are in order to Kellie Bevard our Zumba Gold Instructor, who won our free Valentine Basket Raffle.  Accepting the basket for her Mom is Taylor Bevard, as you can see in the photo.  Thank you Carol Long for creating another beautiful basket.

    To get your COVID19 vaccinations you can go online or call a phone number if you don’t go online.  The phone number for the Frederick County, MD Health Dept. Vaccination Line is 301-600-7900 and you can make an appt. with them for your first shot.  They will give you a time and location and after your first shot they will give you an appt. for the 2nd shot.  If you go online you can go to http://health.frederickcountymd.gov/ and click on Vaccination Clinic and you fill out an interest form and then they call you to make your appt.  If you have no way of getting to Frederick for your vaccine appt., call the center at 301-271-7911 and a volunteer can take you.  You can also ask your local pharmacy if they will eventually be giving the vaccine, but that may be a long time in coming or not happen at all.

    I have some new information about tax preparations: 

    ANY TAXPAYER WHO HAD LAST YEAR’S (2019 TAX YEAR) FEDERAL AND 

    MD TAX RETURNS PREPARED BY THE VITA VOLUNTEERS IN THURMONT 

    OR EMMITSBURG IN 2020, (OR WHO HAD MADE A 2020 APPOINTMENT 

    WITH THEM TO HAVE THEIR 2019 TAX YEAR RETURNS PREPARED BUT 

    WHOSE APPOINTMENT WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF COVID), CAN 

    CALL 301.471.5757 FOR AN APPOINTMENT THIS YEAR. STARTING JAN. 27 

    CALL BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM MONDAY – WEDNESDAY AND LEAVE A 

    MESSAGE ASKING FOR AN APPOINTMENT. CALLS WILL BE RETURNED 

    WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OF EACH WEEK. 

    •ALL TAX RETURNS WILL BE PREPARED BY IRS-CERTIFIED VOLUNTEERS 

    AT A VOLUNTEER’S HOME NEAR LIBERTYTOWN BASED ON YOUR 

    DOCUMENTS AND ANSWERS TO AN IRS QUESTIONNAIRE. YOU CAN 

    DROP OFF DOCUMENTS AT THE VOLUNTEER’S HOME ON THE DAY OF 

    YOUR APPOINTMENT OR HAVE A VOLUNTEER MEET YOU AT EITHER THE 

    THURMONT REGIONAL LIBRARY’S PARKING LOT OR ANOTHER AGREED 

    UPON LOCATION. THIS IS THE FIRST OF 2 MEETINGS YOU WILL ARRANGE 

    TO GET YOUR TAXES DONE –  ONE TO DROP OFF AND ANOTHER TO PICK 

    UP DOCUMENTS. 

    •YOUR PACKAGE OF TAX DOCUMENTS MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF (1) A 

    GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID FOR TAXPAYER AND SPOUSE AND (2) 

    SOCIAL SECURITY CARD(S) OR STATEMENT FOR ALL PERSONS 

    INCLUDING DEPENDENTS WHO WILL BE LISTED ON THE TAX RETURN. 

    YOUR PACKAGE SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE 2020 INCOME AND EXPENSE 

    DOCUMENTS AND YOUR 2019 RETURNS. 

    •UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, YOU WILL NOT SIT WITH A VOLUNTEER 

    WHILE THEY DO YOUR RETURN. INSTEAD YOU WILL BE CALLED WHEN 

    YOUR RETURN IS COMPLETED AND ASKED WHEN AND WHERE YOU’D 

    LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR RETURN.   

    •YOU WILL HAVE OPTIONS ON WHERE YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR COPY OF 

    THE FEDERAL AND MD RETURNS AND YOUR TAX DOCUMENTS. (THIS IS 

    THE SECOND “TRIP” WE MENTIONED ABOVE.)  ALL DOCUMENTS 

    PROVIDED BY TAXPAYERS WILL BE RETURNED AND NO COPIES WILL BE 

    MADE BY VOLUNTEERS. 

    And if this doesn’t apply to you then call 211, they are making appointments in Frederick.  If you have questions, call me at the Senior Center 301-271-7911, leave a message and I will call you back.

    Don’t forget about our fundraiser night at Roy Rogers on March 11 from 5 to 8p.m. mention the Senior Center at the drive thru window and we will receive 25% of the total sales for those 3 hours.

    Look out for our Birthday Quackers they are still delivering Birthday Joy!  Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to wear green. Take care & miss y’all!