“Drain Clog Repair Services Are Available in Kirkland, WA - Press Release - Digital Journal” plus 2 more

“Drain Clog Repair Services Are Available in Kirkland, WA - Press Release - Digital Journal” plus 2 more

Drain Clog Repair Services Are Available in Kirkland, WA - Press Release - Digital Journal

Posted: 12 May 2020 01:00 PM PDT

Drain Clog Repair Services Are Available in Kirkland, WA

Dealing with a stubborn clog? The best thing to do is to call a plumber. Instead of using ineffective and potentially dangerous consumer products or dealing with days, weeks, or months of frustration, call Apollo Plumbing as soon as possible. They'll send a technician out to diagnose the problem, discuss options, and come up with a guaranteed solution. When homeowners work with Apollo, they'll never have to worry about surprise fees. They'll know what every option costs up-front and can rest assured the plumber won't leave until the issue has been resolved.

Clogged Drains Are a Common Problem

Homeowners throughout Kirkland, WA, and beyond deal with clogged drains all the time. Some try to implement DIY solutions, but the smartest homeowners go out of their way to find a professional who can help. Those who want to get started immediately can check out https://www.apolloplumbing.net/.

The products and cleaning chemicals available to consumers just aren't going to remove stubborn clogs, and unfortunately, they can damage the home's plumbing. Homeowners looking for an affordable, effective solution that will last are much better off calling in the pros. The experts will get rid of the clog quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Reasons for Clogged Drains

All the drains in modern homes are connected to sewer lines. These sewer lines bring the wastewater out of the house to water treatment plants where it can be processed safely. Before it gets there, homeowners may find themselves dealing with clogs in the following places:

There are numerous underlying problems that can lead to clogged drains. Some of them can be avoided, but others are just a normal part of daily life. The most common culprits are hair, soap scum, dirt, food waste, mineral buildup, toilet paper buildup, small objects, and tree roots.

Finding the right solution requires accurately evaluating the underlying problem. Homeowners can trust Apollo's plumbers to do everything required to figure out what's wrong. They'll get rid of the clog and offer advice about how to prevent more in the future.

Video Inspections

One of the easiest ways to find out what's causing chronically clogged drains is to schedule a video sewer and drain line inspection. These inspections allow plumbers to see what's going on with their own eyes so they can suggest an appropriate solution. Whether that solution involves something simple, like taking a drainpipe apart to remove a small object or hydro-jetting to clear sewer lines, Apollo can help.

Emergency Services

Nobody plans on a clogged drain. Serious clogs are one of the most common reasons for calling an emergency plumber. Apollo offers 24-hour service to all clients, so no matter when the clog occurs, property owners can get the help they need to resolve it.

Call Today

Have a clogged drain that's driving everyone crazy? The best thing to do is to visit https://www.apolloplumbing.net/service-areas/bothell-wa-plumber/ to learn more about Kirkland's leading plumbing company. Apollo is BBB accredited and rated with an A+ for customer care, customer service, and customer satisfaction. Call today to get a quote. 

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A list of COVID-19 related updates, schedule changes and other information for Frederick County - Frederick News Post

Posted: 12 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

To stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 health emergency, follow The Frederick News-Post online or on Facebook or Twitter. Also, you can text the Frederick County Division of Emergency Management: Text the keyword FredCoVID19 to 888777 and receive updates from the county government (message and data rates may apply); call 866-411-6803; www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/covid19, or the website of your town.

The following events, meetings, etc. have been canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The list also includes closures and changes to local governments schedules and accessibility and more. This list will be updated regularly online.

May 13

Behavioral Health Administration has created a Telehealth Resource Guide and an interactive Telehealth Map to help new patients access care. The map includes known behavioral health providers now offering telehealth services across the state (https://telebehavioralhealth-maryland.hub.arcgis.com). Operation Roll Call is another new program that offers veterans regular check-in calls and a chance to talk to someone who can offer support. An emergency contact is called if a veteran cannot be reached. To access these programs and other resources, reach 2-1-1 in Frederick County by calling 866-411-6803. 

May 8

In collaboration with its Multi-Disciplinary Team partners, the Child Advocacy Center continues to conduct emergent child forensic interviews and with receipt of PPE from the Health Department and Maryland Children's Alliance, can now begin conducting emergent forensic medical exams. The CAC assembled care packages with coloring books, crayons/colored pencils, bubbles, chalk, popcorn, slime making materials, stress balls, and journals and delivered them to more than 60 CAC clients. The Friends of the CAC and Project Linus have provided face masks for CAC staff, Multi-Disciplinary Team partners, and children and families visiting the center. Virtual programming has increased with the addition of Telehealth services for therapy clients and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, Breath & Movement Skills virtual workshops for FCPS elementary school teachers to help their students learn and practice stress management and coping skills. The County released a PSA to raise community awareness about how citizens can protect children from maltreatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bhOin3ct4U.

May 7

Beginning May 11, the Department of Solid Waste Management's 9031 Reichs Ford Road Facility will resume accepting yard waste collected with Frederick County from residential customers as well as welling mulch and compost. Yard waste must be brought to the main entrance of the facility, as the recycling drop-off center remains closed at this time. To access the facility, customers must comply with social distancing in accordance with Executive Order #20-04-15-01, which requires maintaining six (6) feet or more between people or the use of face coverings. Normal yard waste guidelines apply (materials must be loose or in paper bags, branches must be less than 6 inches in diameter and less than 8 feet in length) and there is no fee to drop off yard waste for recycling. Further information is available at www.frederickcountymd.gov/3602/Yard-Waste-Recycling. Other facility restrictions remain in place. Visit www.frederickcountymd.gov/8079/COVID-19-FACILITY-RESTRICTIONS

• The City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department is making some operational adjustments. The Clustered Spires Golf Course will re-open for use on May 9. Call 301-600-1295 for information on tee times, safety measures and operations. Basketball courts, tennis courts, in-line rinks, skate parks and the dog park will reopen for use May 8. Gatherings of more than 10 people and prohibited and social distancing remains in effect. Playgrounds and pavilions remain closed. Updates at cityoffrederickmd.gov/255/Parks-Recreation.

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid a Coronavirus Scam: 1) Ignore offers for vaccinations and home testing kits. 2) Hang up on robocalls. 3) Watch out for phishing emails and text messages. 4) Research before you donate. 5) Stay in the know — visit ftc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information.

• Based on Gov. Hogan's most recent guidance this week, the Town of Middletown will open bathrooms at both Memorial Park and Wiles Branch Park on May 8.

Gov. Larry Hogan is allowing Marylanders to participate in safe outdoor activities effective May 7 at 7 a.m., including fishing, boating, camping, tennis and golf. State beaches and parks will also be open for outdoor exercise; chairs, blankets and picnics prohibited. In all activity, social distancing is encouraged, participate in activities with family or others who reside with you, no gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Frederick County Public Schools (and all public schools in Maryland ) will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Distance learning will continue. Updates at www.fcps.org/update.

May 6

Frederick Health Hospital offers testing for COVID-19 via curbside service. To qualify for testing, patients must meet the following criteria (using CDC guidelines): Experiencing two or more of the following symptoms — fever, cough, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, OR the new onset of loss of taste or smell. Note that these criteria exclude patients with no symptoms. Testing available at Frederick Health Toll House, 501 W. Seventh St., Frederick, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

• The 2020 Alive @ Five season is postponed until further notice. The Partnership will not launch its weekly outdoor happy hour series until all stay-at-home orders have been lifted, it is once again deemed safe to allow public gatherings and any necessary event changes can be implemented to ensure the safety of event attendees, volunteers, staff and band members. Visit downtownfrederick.org/aliveatfive for forthcoming event changes and announcements.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation: All spring and summer recreation classes and camps are canceled through July 12. Customers will be issued credits on account for any classes not held. Visit https://www.recreater.com/Faq.aspx?QID=76 for further updates or call 301-600-2936.

• The town office of Emmitsburg continues to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services until June 1. Staff are available by calling 301-600-6300 or email weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on Fridays. First quarter water bills will be mailed May 18 with a due date of June 24. May 16 recycling and yard waste drop off will be open with staff supervision only. May 18 town meeting will be virtual participation only via cable channel 99 and Zoom; information at mshaw@emmitsburgmd.gov. May 19 parks committee meeting is canceled. And the community pool will not be opening Memorial Day weekend; opening date TBD. The situation will be re-evaluated May 27. Town officials anticipate resuming normal business operations June 1. Updates posted at www.emmitsburgmd.gov.

FCPS continues to distribute "to-go" meals from a school bus at the following locations. New location is Centerville Elementary. Service has been discontinued at Overlook Park. Breakfast, lunch and supper meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please also note that, contrary to reports from some media outlets, FCPS has not required and does not require children to be present in order for an adult to obtain meals for them. The adult needs to provide name(s) of the child(ren) for whom meals are picked up.

Current locations:

7th Street Frederick Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1305 W. Seventh St., Frederick

Brunswick - Rite Aid Parking Lot, Brunswick Heights Shopping Center, 92 Souder Road

Buckeystown United Methodist Church - Parking Lot, 3440 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick

Centerville Elementary parking lot, 3601 Carriage Hill Drive, Frederick

Concord Mobile Homes Park Community - 4828 Pioneer Circle, Jefferson

Jubilee Foods - Parking Lot at 515 E. Main St., Emmitsburg

Heather Ridge - School Parking Lot, 1445 Taney Ave., Frederick

Lucas Village Community Center - 111 Pennsylvania Ave., Frederick

Max Kehne Ball Field - Parking Lot, 1100 W. Seventh St., Frederick

New Market Shopping Center - Parking Lot, PNC Bank Location, 11717 Old National Pike, New Market

Overlook Park, 501 Coralberry Court, off Himes Avenue (across from Dutch's Daughter Restaurant), Frederick

Spring Ridge Elementary - School Parking Lot, 9051 Ridgefield Drive, Frederick

Thurmont Elementary - School Parking Lot, 805 E. Main St., Thurmont

Walkersville - Discovery Shopping Center Parking Lot (Goodwill Store), 8425 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville

Whittier Elementary - 2400 Whittier Drive, Frederick

May 5

• The Frederick Community Action Agency continues to add food distribution drops throughout the City of Frederick. This week's schedule is as follows:


Tuesday: Amber Meadows park, noon to 12:45 p.m. (201 Amber Drive; NEW — American Legion parking lot, 1 p.m.,  (1450 Taney Ave.)

Wednesday: Hickory Hills (next to the pool) noon to 1 p.m. (1445 Key Parkway)

Thursday: Elmwood Terrace Apartments, parking lot closest to Waverly Drive, noon (1420 Key Parkway)

Friday: Hill Street Skate Park, noon to 1 p.m. (100 Hill St.); NEW — Grove Park, 1:30p.m .(corner of Franklin and South streets). These locations are for food distribution. If you would like to donate food, visit https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/covid19 and click the "Ways to Help" tab.

May 1

• The City of Frederick Parks and Recreation is shifting its use of parks during this pandemic to support two local nonprofits in their COVID-19 response efforts. Beginning Monday, May 4, twelve city parks will act as distribution locations for City Youth Matrix and I Believe in Me's School Buckets. Complete information on CYM/IBM Distributions and partnering schools is available at cityyouthmatrix.com/response-to-covid-19.

April 28

• The William R. Talley Rec Center and all satellite facilities will be closed through the City's State of Emergency or May 31, whichever is later. No new facility reservations are available at this time. All existing reservations are canceled. All classes and programs are suspended, too. All park facility permits and parade/walk/race permits are canceled as well. For information on refunds or other questions, call 301-600-6972 or visit www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/covid19.

• The Clustered Spires Golf Course is closed until further notice.

• The Dog Park is closed until further notice.
• The New Market District Volunteer Fire Department has canceled its Mother's Day all-you-can-eat country breakfast scheduled for May 10. www.nmvfc15.org.

UPDATED: BEGINNING 7 a.m. APRIL 18 in Frederick County and statewide, by order of Gov. Larry Hogan, customers and employees at essential retail businesses and those using any form of public transportation are required to wear face coverings that fully covers a person's nose and mouth, but is not a medical-grade mask. The term face covering includes, without limitation, scarves and bandanas. The health order also requires that these retailers establish capacity limits by setting limits on the number of customers in the facility at a given time and the number of individuals in any queue outside the establishment in order to promote social distancing. 

Masks made for use in health care settings, such as N95 masks, should be reserved for health care workers. Cloth masks are an acceptable alternative for face coverings. CDC offers instructions (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)on how to make face coverings at home with T-shirts or bandanas, as well as information about how to safely remove and clean cloth face coverings. 

• From the Frederick County Health Department: Tips on safe face covering handling:

How to Put the Face Covering On —Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or alcohol-based sanitizer). Dry your hands with a clean paper towel and throw the paper towel away. Make sure the exterior side of the face covering is facing out, away from your face. Place the face covering on your face with the exterior side facing out. If it has ties, use the ties and avoid touching the inside/outside of the covering. Make sure the covering is completely secure. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth so that the bottom edge is under your chin. Wash your hands.

While Wearing During the Day — Do NOT pull the covering down like one would a scarf. Adjustments should be made using the ties. Avoid touching your face even when the covering is in place. Every time you do touch the face covering for any reason, wash your hands before/after touching.

Removing and Cleaning the Covering — Wash your hands before removing. Untie or remove the head or ear loops and remove the covering by the ties. Wash it in the washing machine with hot water and completely dry on medium or high heat. Wash your hands.

Tips to prevent fogging for glasses-wearing individuals — Washing lenses at the beginning of the day, or before donning a covering, with soap and water and drying with a soft cloth can mitigate fog. Dishwashing soap works best. Folding down the top of the covering provides a "vent" for air to escape. Folding a piece of tissue into a small rectangle and attaching it to the inside of the covering where rests on the bridge of your nose will absorb moisture.

April 27

• The Frederick Festival of the Arts, scheduled for June 5 to 7, has been canceled.

Maryland Legal Aid: Individuals can still apply for help online or by phone — www.mdlab.org or 301-694-7414, leave message with your name and call back number and your call will be returned within 24 hours. 

• The Frederick County Board of Elections has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers regarding the June 2, 2020 Primary Election and the Coronavirus to their website. For the full list visit www.frederickcountymd.gov/elections.

April 24

Frederick Health Hospital: What is the white tent (not the drive-through testing) outside of Frederick Health Hospital? Through the State of Maryland, Frederick Health Hospital has received a mobile unit that will be installed outside of Hospital Entrance #3. FHH has not identified a specific use for the space at this time. Frederick Health Hospital takes comfort in knowing that they will have additional capacity for any needs that arise.

Division of Social Services: Family Investment Administration Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for food, cash, emergency, and aged/blind/disabled or long term care medical assistance? Customers are strongly encouraged to submit applications online via either the Department of Human Services (DHS) website or MyDHR portal: https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home. At this time, paper applications are not available from your local department of social service or library due to state buildings being closed to the public. A paper application may also be downloaded from the DHS website and mailed or faxed to your local department of social services office. You can also call the DHS Call Center at 800-332-6347 to request a paper application be mailed to your address. Please note the processing of paper applications may be delayed.

2. How can I check the status of the application I submitted online? You can check the status of your application submitted online at https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home.

3. How can I get information about my case? Customers can secure information regarding applications submitted online by logging into their MyDHR account on the myDHR website at: https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home. Customers can also call the DHS Call Center at 800-332-6347.

4. How can I check the balance of my EBT card? Customers can call the Maryland EBT Customer call center at 800-997-2222 to obtain their benefit balance and perform other activities (i.e. review transactions, confirm benefit issuance and order a new card) 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Customers can also visit the Maryland EBT website at www.connectebt.com

5. What do I do if my recertification period ends in March or is coming due in April or May? No immediate action is needed. Below, is the revised recertification extensions by program. SNAP: Certification period-extended 6 months; TCA: Certification period-extended 6 months; TDAP: Certification period-extended 6 months; *MA: All MA recertifications ending March 2020 have been extended until April 30, 2020. *For Medical assistance programs, visit the Maryland Health Connection website at https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov for the most recent updates.

6. I submitted an application prior to the LDSS closure on March 18, 2020, however, I was unable to submit the requested verifications. What should I do? No immediate action is needed. A 90-day extension has been given for any requested or outstanding verifications.

7. I am unable to complete my work activity. How do I let my case manager know? No immediate action is needed. Programs with work requirements have been waived for 90 days. Please do NOT report to your work site.

8. How can I appeal a decision made on my case? Contact the DHS Call Center at 800-332-6347 to contact your LDSS to resolve the matter. You can also seek assistance with completing a request for a fair hearing form. For quicker processing, customers are strongly encouraged to submit applications online via either the Department of Human Services (DHS) website or MyDHR portal: https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home.

April 23

• The Frederick County Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) has prepared a Guide to COVID-19 related information for Veteran and Military families. The guide includes relevant information from county agencies, local resources, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the US Department of Defense. The guide has been posted on the VAC website under Veterans Resources. The POC is Linda Bergofsky, VAC coordinator, who may be reached at LBergofsky@FrederickCountyMD.gov or 301-600-1414.

• The Senior Services Division encourages older adults in Frederick County to stay engaged and connected, even as in-person public gatherings are on hold, through new online offerings from the Division's 50+ Community Centers. As of April 20, enhanced virtual lessons and activities are available from the Virtual 50+ Community Center at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/virtual50.

Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don't file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon. People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS's webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information. Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon. By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200. People would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child. People with Direct Express debit cards who enter information at the IRS's website should complete all of the mandatory questions, but they may leave the bank account information section blank as Treasury already has their Direct Express information on file. Additionally, any new beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will also need to go to the IRS's Non-Filers website to enter their information as they will not receive automatic payments from Treasury." 

April 22

• The Frederick County Division of Animal Control is relaunching virtual adoptions of cats with a modified adoption process. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call the shelter at 301-600-1546.

April 21

Public schools food distribution for ages 18 and under in Mount Airy: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Fridays only at Twin Ridge Elementary School, by Frederick County Public Schools; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to all children 18 and under at Parrs Ridge Elementary School, Mount Airy, by Carroll County Public Schools.

Burn ban: The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office has issued a total ban on outdoor burning effective at 6 a.m. April 22 until further notice. All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, is prohibited. The fire danger forecast for Frederick County today is Moderate. Winds will gust today along with a chance for 1/10 inch of precipitation. Tomorrow winds will continue to gust along with lower humidity which will create a High fire danger rating.

April 20

• Beginning Tuesday, April 21, Fort Detrick is suspending the Trusted Traveler Program until further notice. All visitors without Dept. of Defense ID or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card are required to be vetted at the Nallin Farm Gate. This gate is open 24/7 and visitors are asked to please follow the directional signs to the appropriate lanes.  Army personnel whose Common Access Cards are expiring between now and Sept. 30 may update their cards online. Eligible card-holders may log onto ID Card Office Online at https://pki.dmdc.osd.mil/self_service/ to update the certificates on their CACs, Uniformed Services ID Card, and Volunteer Logical Access Credentials within 30 days of the expiration date. The temporary changes were approved by the DOD April 16 as a safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic. ID cards may be updated online within 30 days of expiration. For example, a card expiring May 30 may be updated no sooner than May 1. Online updates will not work for cards that already have expired. The new measures are in place through Sept. 30 and may be extended depending on the scope of the coronavirus national health emergency, according to the DOD. For additional information, including step-by-step instructions, visit https://www.cac.mil/coronavirus.

The Frederick County Council will conduct a virtual public hearing on the FY2021 Board of Education and County budgets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Citizens can have input on the budget during the public hearing and the continued budget process. Due to current restrictions, and in lieu of public appearance: Citizens can (1) Watch the hearing via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/FrederickCountyMD and comment during the hearing; (2) Submit a 3-minute video clip to councilmembers@frederickcountymd.gov between now and April 21 at 5 p.m. or (3) Call 301-600-1135 to leave a message to be made a part of the record. Written comments may be submitted on or before April 21 to: County Council, 12 E. Church St. Frederick, MD 21701, or to councilmembers@frederickcountymd.gov. All submissions during this time will be made a part of the record for this public hearing.

UPDATE: All Maryland public schools will remain closed through May 15. Distance learning will continue. Updates and more information at www.fcps.org/update.

UPDATE: All businesses that have submitted an application for the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan/Grant can now check the status of that application by signing up for a Maryland OneStop account through https://onestop.md.gov/users/sign_up.

• The Senior Services Advisory Board will not meet in May, June and July. The board will reassess in July to determine future meeting dates. The board hopes to reschedule the May meeting program on Frederick fashion designer Claire McCardell for later this year. 

Effective April 18, the hours of operation are temporarily changed at Rose Hill for lab and imaging services: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. More information at www.frederickhealth.org.

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that they will be awarding $5,000 grants through the Save Small Business Fund. Applicants must have between 3 and 20 employees and be located in an economically vulnerable community which can be easily searched by zip code on their website. Applications open April 20. Learn all the details at www.savesmallbusiness.com.

Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of a certified heritage area that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000. In some cases, nonprofit Friends groups will qualify. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all applications received by the first of each month considered as a group. The first deadline is May 1. Click www.grantrequest.com for more information.

• The Maryland State Arts Council has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. Applications will be viewed upon submission. For more information visit https://www.msac.org/grants/emergency-grant, or contact Dana Parsons, Director, Grants and Professional Development, at dana.parsons@maryland.gov.

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund: This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment and other items identified as Critical Needs Items by MEMA and DGS, which are urgently needed by the State of Maryland, Maryland-based hospitals and healthcare facilities, and emergency and first responders. Visit commerce.maryland.gov/fund/maryland-covid-19-emergency-relief-manufacturing-fund.

MARBIDCO Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program Eligible farms and rural businesses can apply for loans up to $3,000 in working capital and up to $10,000 for equipment purchases at low interest rates with flexible terms. www.marbidco.org/_pages/programs_loans/loan_programs_palpf_1.htm.

American Farmland Trust - Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund.

The Ogden Newspapers Community Marketing Grant Ogden Newspapers has established a $1,000,000 grant fund to assist locally owned businesses with marketing during this challenging situation. https://www.ogdennews.com/community-grant.

• All in-person programs and events of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society have been cancelled through May. However, each week the organization is posting alternative online programming options on YouTube and the PVAS website and Facebook page.

April 17

• Starting Monday, April 20, all 22 FCPS meal sites will serve breakfast, lunch and supper meals for the week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FCPS will no longer serve meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will no longer provide a separate service time for breakfast at the school-based (non-bus) sites. In addition. FCPS will discontinue meal service at the St. John's Catholic Prep School, Buckeystown, and will open a new drop-off location for meals-to-go from a school bus in the parking lot of Spring Ridge Elementary School. More information on sites and updates at www.fcps.org/update or 301-644-5061.

 Effective April 18 at 7 a.m. to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all riders using public transit including TransIT, commuter bus, MARC Train, metro and TransIT-plus/paratransit service are REQUIRED to wear facial coverings. This action supports Governor Hogan's Executive Order number 20-04-15-01.

Non-English Essential COVID-19 Resources: The Joint Information Center now has links to essential information on COVID-19 in a variety of languages. If you are a community agency who provides services to non-English speaking individuals, we invite you to share these resources with your clients. To access, visit frederickcountymd.gov/JIC and click on the Resources in Other Languages tab.

• The April meeting of the Mount Airy Economic Development Commission will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/TownofMountAiry on April 22 at 7 p.m. Questions can be asked during the meeting by typing a comment via Facebook or by emailing mthorn@mountairymd.gov. Town Hall is closed to the public and this meeting is taking place via Zoom.

April 15

• The Emmitsburg Town Office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services until May 11. First quarter water bills will be mailed out by May 18 with a new due date of June 24. Bulk trash pick-up for April 18 has been canceled. Updates and cancellations can be found at www.emmitsburgmd.gov.

•  The Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maryland has issued a Consumer Alert with guidance (también está disponible en Español) on avoiding frauds and scams related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). For more information visit the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. Scams and price gouging can be reported to the Maryland Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division: consumer@oag.state.md.us, http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/ or by phone at 410-528-8662.

• The Frederick County Department of Housing and Community Development has created a resource library for COVID-19 related housing information on their main webpage https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/6366/Housing-and-Community-Development. Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). An additional emergency order prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer's service or charging any late fees. For additional assistance with housing needs, utility shutoffs, family or financial issues, tenants should contact Maryland 2-1-1 by calling 211 or visiting 211md.org. If you have a livability code concern, are worried about paying your rent or your mortgage, or if you believe that your lender or landlord are threatening you or are trying to take advantage of you, please contact Housing Program Manager Ryan Trout at RTrout@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

• The Frederick County Local Care Team, within the Frederick County Office for Children & Families, remains operational by providing services via virtual platforms. System Navigation staff through the Mental Health Association of Frederick County continues to provide one-on-one, regular, telephone support to each family. Visit https://www.mhamd.org/coronavirus/support-for-children-families. Contact Brooke Sims, Local Care Team assistant, bsims@frederickcountymd.gov or call 301-600-1077. Child Protective Services, 301-600-2464; Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 301-600-1046; 211 for information on other health and human services resources.

April 14

• With the COVID-19 restrictions and families staying home, the Middletown hydrant flushing scheduled for April 20-24 has been canceled.

• The University of Maryland Extension Office is closed to the public but staff remain available by phone at 301-600-1594. The website information includes resources such as "Helping You Through COVID-19," with online youth activities, health and financial resources, and information for farmers; how to reach Extension ag staff; how to submit insect, disease and plant samples for ID; templates for essential travel for farm workers and contractors; online pesticide credits; produce safety information; and financial resources. Contact Kelly Nichols, ag educator, at kellyn@umd.edu or 301-600-3577 for more information.

April 13

UPDATE: The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office has lifted the ban on outdoor cooking effective at 6 a.m. April 12. All other outdoor burning, including recreational fires, is still prohibited. The office lifts the ban on outdoor burning effective April 13.

•  The Office of People's Counsel (OPC) has developed Information Sheets to answer questions on utility bills, bill payments, and service disconnections for each gas and electric utility, and single Information Sheets for water services and for phone and internet services. OPC also have provided updated information about assistance programs for those who have experienced a loss of or reduced income. They are available at www.opc.maryland.gov. If you experience a problem related to payment plans, service disconnections, or reconnections, or have a question, please contact OPC at DLInfo_OPC@maryland.gov. Emails are reviewed several times a day, and you will receive a prompt response.

• Effective April 10, all employees and customers of the Fort Detrick Commissary, Post Exchange (PX) and Military Personnel Division/ID Cards are required to wear face coverings. Fort Detrick Directorate of Operations is now accepting appointments for Mission Essential Employees ONLY, who require an access control badge. In order to ensure proper staffing, all appointments must be made one week in advance. To schedule your appointment, please call 301-619-8192/0105/9222. Available days are Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Essential Employees that require an access control badge, should contact their Security Representative for proper documentation and appointment scheduling.

April 10

Frederick Community Action Agency UPDATES:

The Soup Kitchen is operating on a carryout basis only 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily, serving 150 meals each evening, and is looking for local restaurants and caterers to aid in the preparation of those prepackaged meals. The Soup Kitchen is also in need of paper lunch bas, plastic sandwich bags, granola bars, fruit, pudding or Jell-O cups, small bottled waters, individually wrapped cookies or pastries, single-serve drinks, chips, crackers and packets of condiments, and individually wrapped spoons, forks and knives.

The Food Bank is operating 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.   Additionally, in collaboration with the Salvation Army, FCAA mobilized its Food Bank to serve local seniors and households. Food bags are currently being delivered to Taney Village and Catoctin Manor and through food drops with the Asian American Center of Frederick and the Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland. To continue on-site and mobile food distribution, the Foodbank is in need of the following supplies: cereal, canned meat, bread, toilet paper, pasta, mac 'n' cheese, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, single-serve containers of food, rice, household cleaners, baby items such as formula and baby food, feminine hygiene, paper items such as tissues, paper plates, napkins and paper towels, peanut butter, water, shelf-stable milk, juice, granola bars, coffee, non-refrigerated fruit cups. No contact donation drop-off is available at 14 E. All Saints St. Monetary donations may be contributed through Friends for Neighborhood Progress (make a note for "FOODBANK"). FCAA supports any donations, however, wants to ensure the safety of our donors. Please continue to lessen your exposure and only pick up items for donations during your routine trips to stores.

• The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office has issued a total ban on outdoor burning effective 6 p.m. April 9 until further notice. All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, is prohibited. The U.S. Forest Service has classified the forest fire danger as moderate. With the following conditions that are forecasted, the danger rating may be elevated. The real threat is for about the next 72 hours the wind is going to be sustained between 15 and 25 mph in all counties. Gusts will approach 50 mph in all locations as well.

• REMINDER: All open space in parks located in Frederick County is currently open except for the Appalachian Trail which is closed. Some facilities and/or amenities inside the parks are closed. The following closures apply to all parks located in Frederick County including those owned by the municipalities, county, state, and National Park Service. All playgrounds are closed. All water fountains are turned off. All restrooms are closed. All buildings located inside parks are closed. All building and facility reservations have been cancelled. All campgrounds are closed. All golf courses are closed.

The following is true for only parks operated by the City of Frederick. All park pavilions, dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, in-line rinks, and skate parks are closed.

REMINDER FROM THE DIVISION OF UTILITIES AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT:  Please do NOT flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Anything else can lead to clogged sewer pipes in/around our homes, and elsewhere in the sewer system, possible back-ups and expensive repairs.

Items NOT TO FLUSH: Hygiene or cleaning wipes, so-called flushable wipes should not be flushed; paper towels; tissues; cotton swabs or balls. Toss these and any other items in the trash. To learn more, visit https://protectyourpipes.org and https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/272670/The-Toilet-is-Not-a-Trash-Can.

April 9

From the Town of Middletown: Please DO NOT flush Clorox or Lysol wipes into the sanitary sewer system. Our sewer pump stations are designed to pump normal sanitary sewer flows. These wipes are fiberous and cannot be conveyed through the pumps. These wipes have gotten caught in the pumps and caused significant damage totaling more than $14,000 over the years. We ask for your help by not flushing any Clorox or Lysol wipes or any other type of cleaning wipe into the sanitary sewer system. If you should have any questions, contact the Town Office at 301.371.6171.

April 8

Frederick Health has created a charitable fund to enable the public to provide financial assistance to employees who are experiencing a personal hardship due to COVID-19 crisis. Frederick Health employees can continue to support fellow employees in need through the Angel Fund. Contributions to both funds can be made online at www.frederickhealth.org/donatenow or by mailing a check to Frederick Health Development Office, 405 W. Seventh St., Frederick, MD 21701.

Anyone interested in donating supplies to Frederick Health can visit the Frederick Health Development Council Facebook page for the most recent needs. More information can be found at https://www.frederickhealth.org/Patients-Visitors/Coronavirus-COVID-19-/COVID-19-Donations.aspx.  

The Office of Economic Development has created a website with resources for businesses: http://www.discoverfrederickmd.com/covid-19. Among the many resources found there, you will also find the "Business Financial Tool," which puts information for the various loan and grant programs all in one place.

• The Pet Food Bank is available to any resident of Frederick County. In response to COVID-19, normal financial need restrictions have been lifted. Donations of unopened pet food and cat litter can be donated at the donation bin at the rear of the building, 1832 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Cash donations can be made through the Animal Control website: https://www.velocitypayment.com/client/frederickcountymd/donations/index.html or by mailing checks to 1832 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21702. Call 301-600-1546 for more information.

UPDATED: Frederick County Animal Control asks residents to plan ahead now if you are an animal owner and to make and emergency care plan for your pets. Have a list of family members, friends, neighbors or a local boarding facility to safely care for you pets if you are not able. Keep veterinary records and medical information readily accessible with a supply of food and medications. In an emergency, the Animal Control Center should be a last resort to house your pets. Animal Control Officers are currently responding to priority calls and are on duty 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone 301-600-1544 to speak with an Officer, file a complaint or for further information. For an animal related emergency, phone 301-600-1603 or 911 at any time. From 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning, Officers are available to assist with animal related emergencies only.

April 7

UPDATED: A special meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be held April 8 at 3 p.m. The meeting will be broadcasted on Channel 99 and streamed on Channel 99 Online. To provide public comment, please view cityoffrederickmd.gov/publicmeetings for details. Regular workshops and meetings for Mayor/Board of Aldermen, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and the FY2021 Budget Process will begin the week of April 13 in a virtual format. A full meeting schedule is available at cityoffrederickmd.gov/calendar.

• The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), April 7 launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page. Marylanders are encouraged to visit the page at Bit.ly/Md-Covid19-Rumors.

 Beginning April 9, TransIT is requiring all passengers to wear appropriate masks or facial coverings when boarding a TransIT vehicle to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Frederick County. A mask or facial covering can include a surgical mask, a homemade mask, scarf, or piece of clothing used to cover one's mouth and nose. Passengers failing to comply will be denied TransIT service. www.frederickcountymd.gov/transit or 301-600-265.

• Frederick County Council President MC Keegan-Ayer in consultation with legal counsel and the administration, based on the continuing state of emergency in Maryland announced that the Frederick County Council will once again postpone the public hearings on the two rezoning cases scheduled for April 14, Cromwell PUD Rezoning (R-19-01) and Delauter/Hutzel MXD Rezoning (R-19-02). Members of the public are legally permitted to conduct cross-examination of both staff and the applicants in rezonings, and there is a great need to hold these proceedings when the public can both attend and fully participate in person. 

• The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted on March 31 to pursue the establishment of a $500,000 Carroll County Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, to offer working capital to assist Carroll County small businesses with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. The Carroll County Department of Economic Development worked with the Comptroller, County Attorney and the Industrial Development Authority to establish the fund. The application portal opens April 7, at 5 p.m. Businesses must apply online at http://carrollbiz.org and meet certain conditions, found at the website.

Workforce Services announces a new video that highlights some of the services that offered remotely to job seekers. This video is posted on the website www.FrederickWorks.com, shared through their social media platforms, and can be viewed at www.bit.ly/WFSRemote.

• The Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County has implemented precautions to protect direct services clients, staff and multidisciplinary partners, and is working to develop creative child-focused approaches to service delivery. If you need assistance, support or additional information, contact the Center 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 301-600-1758, email at cacinfo@frederickcountymd.govor messageon https://www.facebook.com/CACFrederick. The CAC posts updated information about its center, programming, information, resources and activities on its Facebook page.

The Center asks that any adult who interacts with a child whether face-to-face while practicing physical distancing, by telephone or through various virtual applications to please check-in with them; ask how they are doing, ask how their caregivers are managing, ask them what's changed in their family since the crisis, ask them if they feel safe. It is important for kids to know that someone is still looking out for them; that neighbors, teachers, family and community member are still there for them. Most importantly, if something does not look safe, sound safe or feel safe, make a report. The Frederick County Child Protective Services intake line is open 24 hours at 301-600-2464 or contact the Frederick County Sheriff's office at 301-600-1046. For health and human services resources, call 2-1-1 and for any emergency, dial 9-1-1.

April 4

• The Frederick Interfaith Passover Community Seder, scheduled for April 27 at Calvary UMC, Frederick, has been canceled. For information on how to conduct your own seder, visit www.jewishfrederick.org/passovercorona.

• Due to the restrictions in place to combat the COVIS-19 crisis, the Town of Middletown has decided not to sell rain barrels at this time. Town officials have learned that the facility where the Town purchases the barrels is closed due to COVID-19, and they are looking to end the rain barrel program. Look for information next spring as officials determine how to make this opportunity available to residents once again.

Carroll County Public Library is closed until further notice following Gov. Hogan's orders of continued social distancing and for residents to stay at home. CCPL has canceled all events until at least May 18.

• As previously announced by The City of Frederick, the Clustered Spires Golf Course is closed until further notice. Please note that during this closure, golf play, walking, running, biking, use of the course path system, and general access to course facilities are not permitted.

• The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has canceled the remaining performances for the 2019/20 concert season, including the May 9 concert. Ticket holders can donate their tickets and receive a tax deduction or receive a refund. Requests for refunds must be received by May 1, 301-797-4000 or tickets@marylandsymphony.org. Administrative offices of the MSO will remain closed until it is safe to open.

Frederick County Workforce Services: There are many helpful resources available through www.FrederickWORKS.com. Visitors can access the latest Unemployment Insurance information, current job openings, job search workshop presentation materials, career planning resources, work from home opportunities, professional advice, and more. Many in-person services, such as resume reviews and practice interviews, are now available for job seekers to access remotely, with new resources to be added in the days and weeks ahead. 

The Ask the Career Coach podcast from Frederick County Workforce Services has dropped new episodes over the past few weeks pertaining specifically to employment-related challenges as a result of the current global health crisis. This podcast is available for free on all major listening platforms. Frederick County businesses can get all the latest updates, from grant opportunities to details about the stimulus package, through our website and social media platforms. For businesses that are closing or experiencing reductions in staffing, guidance is available to help make the process as smooth as possible. Frederick County Workforce Services is continuing to support local businesses and industries that are still in need of local talent.

The Maryland Department of Labor has also announced an updated process for filing Unemployment Insurance benefit claims, effective on April 1: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml.

Fort Detrick has begun asking all delivery drivers and visitors questions related to current health and exposure risk.  If they answer yes to any of them, they are not permitted on the installation.  This occurs at the vehicle inspection area at Nallin Farm Gate off of Oppossumtown Road, which is the 24/7 gate.

• As of April 3, the Family Partnership of Frederick County office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Staff are working remotely and are able to continue providing services to our families and youth.  The services that are being launched virtually include: home visiting, GED classes, ESL classes, Employment, and Life Skills.  Parenting, child development, and health education will be also be virtual very soon.  Contact:301-600-2206, fampart@frederickcountymd.gov or message on Facebook.com/Family Partnership of Frederick County.  Participants may also contact their Case Manager directly.  Family Partnership posts updated information about its center and programming on Facebook and Instagram.

April 3

• The Frederick County Department of Housing and Community Development has canceled the June 6 Bloom Housing Fair. The next fair, June Bloom 3.0 Redux, will be in June 2021.

April 2

• The "Inspired by Claire" events scheduled to be held on April 19 at Heritage Frederick, Frederick, have been canceled. The Frederick Art Club will reschedule the art exhibit and speaker for a future date.

April 1

UPDATED: Effective April 2, FCPS is changing the meals-to-go at the Weis Market Store parking lot in the Festival Shopping Center, 448 Prospect Blvd., to the parking lot at Whittier Elementary School, 2400 Whittier Drive, Frederick. Monday through Friday breakfasts are served "to go" 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with lunches and suppers served "to go" 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following schools: Ballenger Creek Elementary, Crestwood Middle, Frederick High, and at Hillcrest, Lincoln, Monocacy, North Frederick, Waverley and Whittier elementary schools. In addition the following community-based sites are serving from yellow school buses at the Frederick Shopping Center on Seventh Street, Rite Aid parking lot in Brunswick, Buckeystown UMC, Concord Mobile Homes Park Community in Jefferson, Jubilee Foods in Emmitsburg, Heather Ridge School parking lot in Frederick, Lucas Village Community Center in Frederick, Max Kehne Ballfield parking lot in Frederick, New Market Shopping Center parking lot, Overlook Park in Frederick. St. John's Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Thurmont Elementary, and Discovery Shopping Center in Walkersville. Updates at www.fcps.org/update or 301-644-5061.

• Beginning April 1, all Frederick City park playgrounds, pavilions, basketball courts, tennis courts, in-line rinks and skate parks are closed.

Beginning April 1, Mayor Michael O'Connor will hold weekly public briefings on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to provide updates on the City's COVID-19 response. The April 1 meeting will also outline an adjusted FY2021 budget timeline and process due to COVID-19-related public meeting postponements. The public briefings will be broadcast on Channel 99, streamed on Channel 99 online, and streamed on Facebook Live. A recording and scripts will be available shortly after the briefing ends.

While Animal Control offices are closed to the public and adoptions have been suspended, they are still taking donations of unopened food and cat litter. There is an outdoor donation bin at the rear of the building with the smaller bin designated for food items. Donations can be dropped off anytime and staff check it throughout the day. Animal Control is still accepting cash donations through our website https://www.velocitypayment.com/client/frederickcountymd/donations/index.html or by mailing a check to Frederick County Animal Control, 1832 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21702.

UPDATE: The Department of Solid Waste Management, Frederick County, announces that all non-essential transactions are prohibited at its 9031 Reichs Ford Road facilities until further notice This closure allows only certain categories of essential transactions to continue. More information at www.frederickcountymd.gov/coronavirus.

If your represent a business or nonprofit organization in Frederick County, complete the following survey, so that the Office of Economic Development may better understand your needs during this time. www.surveymonkey.com/r/FrederickCountyEconomicImpactSurvey The Office of Economic Development wants to keep your business updated on the latest information and resources. For more information visit http://www.discoverfrederickmd.com/covid-19. For a list of open restaurants, bars, farms, wineries, breweries, and distilleries visit


UPDATE: Beginning April 1, the City of Frederick has an online submittal portal for applications, plans and fee payments for work with the Planning, Engineering and Building departments. For more information visit the web pages of the above departments at www.cityoffrederickmd.gov.

• In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, PLEASE USE TRANSIT FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care/pharmacies, grocery stores/food, banks, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations. By reducing unnecessary travel, TransIT becomes safer for those who depend on it, especially essential healthcare workers, and for those who operate it.

The Middletown Valley Historical Society has canceled its April 15 meeting and program.

March 31

The following concerts have been canceled at The Event Center at Hollywood Casino, Charles Town, W.Va.: April 17, Colin Jost, rescheduled TBA; April 24, Melissa Etheridge, reschedule TBA; May 9, Trace Adkins, rescheduled for Dec. 5; May 23, Marlon Wayans, new date TBA. Details at www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com.

Frederick Health announces that wound care, prenatal clinic, and anticoagulation cliinic have now moved to Frederick Health Liberty, 194 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick. All phone numbers remain the same, as well as hours of operation at this time.

The 2020 election in Middletown will be conducted completely by mail. To meet this new voting method, officials have extended the vote by mail/absentee ballot mail deadline to April 24. Every registered voter within the Town limits of Middletown will be receiving a ballo. The list of qualified registered voters was provided by the Frederick County Board of Elections. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. April 24. Ballots can be either mailed to the Town Office or deposited in one of the drop boxes located on the front or rear of the Town Office building, 31 W. Main Str., Middletown, MD 21769. Ballots will be counted 9 a.m.April 27. More information at 301-371-6171.

Taneytown History Museum's new exhibit, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was to open April 19, that has been postponed. A new date is TBD. Visit www.taneytownhh.org for updates.

March 30

UPDATE: The Emmitsburg town office will continue to have reduced hours and be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours. The April 18 yard waste drop-off has been canceled. The April 18 bulk trash has been canceled and will be rescheduled. The April 20 town meeting has been canceled. The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by May 4. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended to June 10, 2020. Rainbow Lake fishing permits will be available by email only. Any person wishing to get a fishing permit should email a copy of their state issued fishing license to mshaw@emmitsburgmd.gov. Allow two business days for processing. Issued permits will only be valid is signed and dated. Basic zoning permits are available online. Visit www.emmitsburgmd.gov or email zgulden@emmitsburgmd.gov for more information.

UPDATE: The Town of Middletown parks will continue to remain open to the public. While we want to promote the ability for residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors, we ask that resident practice social distancing and remain at 6 feet from others in order to avoid potential contact with the Covid-19 virus. Currently, all water fountains have been shut off and all functioning restrooms in the parks are closed and will remain that way until the Governor lifts Executive Order 20-03-19-01 which restricted social gatherings larger than 10 persons. In addition, all playground equipment is closed to prevent spread of the Corvin-19 virus. If you have specific questions regarding Middletown services, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Office at 301-371-6171 or email office@ci.middletown.md.us.

Frederick County Landmarks Foundation has canceled the Barnstormers Tour for this year. The next tour will be June 12, 2021. If you have already purchased your ticket, you can request a refund by contacting info@fredericklandmarks.org, or consider it a donation.

Frederick Pride, which was scheduled for June 27, has been postponed to Oct. 3.

March 27

• The spring meeting of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Frederick Cluster, scheduled for March 28 is canceled. Plans are to reschedule this event for fall.

• The Rainbow Belles meeting on April 7 is postponed to a later date TBD.

March 26

• The Wags for Hope orientation scheduled for April 5 is canceled.

UPDATE: The Town of Middletown continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and re-evaluating every 24 hours. Due to the current State of Emergency declared by Gov. Hogan and to lessen the risk of exposure of town employees to COVID-19, the Burgess and Commissioners have decided to close town offices every Friday beginning March 27. Call 301-293-3818 to report any water/sewer emergencies or any other town services related emergencies. Town staff will still be accessible via phone and email Monday through Thursday during normal business hours. Town offices are still closed to the public at this time.

Frederick Presbyterian Church is extending the period of cancellation for all on-campus activities and events through April 14. A decision to extend the cancellations beyond that date will be made at that time.

• Effective March 25, Frederick Health Medical Group's Myersville office is closed until further notice. All other offices remain open at this time. For complete information on all of Frederick Health's closures and cancellations, visit www.frederickhealth.org/coronavirus. Free virtual visits being offered through the website at https://bit.ly/2vT4oei.

Starting March 26 no visitors will be permitted at Frederick Health except under specific circumstances. Specific circumstances include: One visitor to accompany patients experiencing an emergency, one visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor and delivery and postpartum units, one parent or caregiver of pediatric or NICU patient, two visitors for patients at End-of-Life, one visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to an ambulatory visit. These restrictions are in place with everyone's health and safety in mind. An approved visitor (based upon the criteria above) will be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic. Family, friends and loved ones are encouraged to use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients.

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services will be implementing a new protocol from the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS) on March 26. The Viral Syndrome Pandemic Triage Protocol allows EMS personnel the capability to determine if possible COVID-19 patients are candidates for home self-care. First responders dispatched to calls for patients that may be positive for the COVID-19 virus will initiate contact with the patient and, through an assessment and series of benchmarks, may determine the patient meets the requirement to remain at home under selfcare. These patients will be provided with information and handouts on how they should be caring for themselves from their home and signs and symptoms they can watch for that may require further medical treatment. If the patient agrees with the assessment EMS personnel will follow up with them within 24 hours for an over the phone assessment. These protocols were designed as a decision making tool to assist during a pandemic when critical care systems become overloaded. It is the intent of Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services that the care and service provided by first responders to the citizens of Frederick County will remain a top priority.

• With limited exceptions, including certain emergency matters, the Maryland state courts will remain closed to the public through May 1. All non-emergency matters scheduled for a court hearing or proceeding, including jury trials, scheduled to begin March 17 through May 1 will be postponed, unless otherwise noted. Scheduling orders issued in civil and family law matters will be addressed by motion on a case-by-case basis. Foreclosures of residential property, foreclosures of the right to redeem residential property sold in a tax sale, residential evictions, and executions on residential real property under levy or lien are stayed and new or pending types of these actions will be accepted but not processed during this time. Emergency matters include, but are not limited to, domestic violence petitions, peace order petitions, family law emergencies, extreme risk protective orders, bail reviews, juvenile detention hearings, and search warrants. These matters will continue to be handled by the courts, which are staffed on a reduced basis, through May 1, unless the Chief Judge issues a further order.

The Maryland Judiciary's electronic filing system, referred to as MDEC, remains available and is required to be used in all MDEC counties. In non-MDEC counties or for self-represented litigants, filings can be mailed to your local clerk's office or can be dropped off in a drop box. The Maryland Judiciary's online portal CaseSearch continues to be updated as clerk's offices across the state process filings during this public health emergency. For more information about the impact on the Maryland Judiciary due to COVID-19, visit https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate.

• On March 25, County Executive Jan Gardner announced that Frederick County government buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. Senior centers, libraries, park buildings and nature centers remain closed. TransIT services are reduced and should only be used for essential needs such as to reach jobs, grocery stores or dialysis appointments. TransIT riders should be alert for future service changes.

• The Frederick County Landfill remains open, although residents are asked to limit visits to essential-only trips. The recycling drop-off center will close to the public as of March 30. No walk-ins will be accepted for recycling or compost bins.

Senior Centers remain closed. Meals on Wheels continue to be delivered to participants in a modified manner. Visit www.frederickcountymd.gov/seniorservices for information on online resources or call 301-600-1234.

Frederick County Public Libraries remain closed. Visit www.fcpl.org for wide array of digital resources for all ages.

TransIT Services has reduced services. TransIt-plus will continue providing pre-scheduled trips. For more information visit www.frederickcountymd.gov/transit or call 301-600-2065.
The Frederick County Health Department remains closed to the public. Essential services needed for the immediate protection of public health will continue. Visit https://health.frederickcountymd.gov for more information.
Frederick County Parks and Recreation programs are canceled, and park buildings, including nature centers, the Ballenger Creek Community Center and the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park, are closed to the public. Parks remain open, however, all playgrounds and restrooms remain closed and water fountains have been turned off. Spring recreation programming, park shelter and building reservations and all other special programs are canceled until June 1. Visit www.recreater.com for new online activities and programs.
Frederick County boards and commissions meetings are canceled until further notice.
Frederick County Department of Permitting and the Treasurer's Office remain open to pay taxes and water and sewer bills. Residents are encouraged to pay online. Inspection services continue with some modifications.
• Non-essential visits are no longer permitted to Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living.
Frederick County Animal Control's shelter remains closed to the public. Essential and emergency services are available by appointment only. Call 301-600-1546.
• The Frederick County Adult Detention Center has suspended visitor access.
Citizens Services Division and the Department of Housing and Community Development appointments are being handled by email and phone. The Family Partnership and the Scott Key Center will remain closed.
Frederick County Public Works offices are closed to the public.
• The Mount Airy Historical Society has canceled meetings and events until further notice. The Mount Airy Museum is closed. The Hall of Fame Banquet was also postponed.
• The National Swapmeet Antique & Custom Motorcycle Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, scheduled for April 5, is canceled. All events scheduled for the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg are canceled through April 13.

March 25

• The Harney and New Windsor volunteer fire companies Big Money Bonanza scheduled for May 2 has been rescheduled for Aug. 22 at the Harney Volunteer Fire Co. grounds. For more information, visit www.harneyfire11.org.

All public schools in Frederick County, and throughout Maryland, will remain closed at least through April 24, state Superintendent Karen Salmon announced during a press conference with Gov. Larry Hogan.

Marvin Chapel's thrift shop is closed until further notice. Donations can still be made to the outside bin, 5101 Woodville Road, just north of Md. 144 between New Market and Mount Airy.

March 24

The Town of Middletown parks will continue to remain open to the public. Residents are asked to practice social distancing and remain at 6 feet from others in order to avoid potential contact with the Corvin-19 virus. More information at 301-371-6171 or email office@ci.middletown.md.us.

March 23:

Effective immediately, the Town office of Emmitsburg will have reduced hours and will continue to be closed to walk-in services. Town staff will be available by phone (301-600-6300) or email only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town office will be closed Fridays. (2) Effective immediately, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative; however, employees will have limited working hours. (3) Town staff will continue to monitor all voicemails and emails outside of business hours. (4) The April 6 town meeting has been re-scheduled to April 20. (5) The April 13 town meeting has been canceled. (6) The first quarter water bills will be mailed out by April 20. Due to the delayed mailing, the water bill due date has been extended from May 5 to May 27.

The situation will be reevaluated and an update given by April 3rd.

Frederick Health closures: Liberty Office – Discontinue walk-in visits effective March 21: Frederick Health Medical Group will temporarily discontinue walk-in services at the Liberty office on Thomas Johnson Drive. Those that need to be seen are encouraged to stay home and use the Virtual Visit service, currently available for free at FrederickHealth.org/virtual-visit.

— Imaging: The following exams will be postponed for the duration of the coronavirus crisis: screening mammograms, screening breast MRI, DEXA bone density, CT lung screening and CT calcium score. Patients currently scheduled for routine screening exams will be contacted for rescheduling. This temporary policy applies to routine screening evaluations only. Patients who are symptomatic should continue to seek treatment from their providers and will receive timely diagnostic exams and procedures from Frederick Health.

Beginning at 5 p.m., by executive order of Gov. Larry Hogan, all nonessential businesses will be closed. Details at www.fredericknewspost.com.

Beginning March 21, no visitors will be permitted in Meritus Health facilities except under specific circumstances such as end-of-life care or decision-making; special care nursery; pediatric patients; a patient undergoing emergency surgery; same-day surgery. Full details at www.meritushealth.com.

All Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing and Registration Centers are now closed under the current State of Emergency. Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. The executive order immediately grants a grace period of 30 days after the date of termination of the state of emergency. This includes items normally processed at our Maryland Department of Natural Resources Licensing Service Centers. Online services are still available: www.dnr.maryland.gov.

As of March 20, Frederick County Parks & Rec Division has canceled all park shelter and pavilion reservations through June 1. All spring seasonal programs at FCPS Rec Center locations, nature centers, park shelters and community park buildings are also canceled through June 1. All water fountains have been shut off and all functioning restrooms in parks are closed. All county park playgrounds will be closed until further notice. Details at www.recreater.com.

• Public safety services provided by the Maryland State Police are continuing. However, there have been modifications made to how some of those services are provided. Full details at www.mdsp.maryland.gov.

They include the following:

CALLS FOR SERVICE: In addition to the information routinely obtained during a 911 call or other request for police service, callers will be asked additional questions that include exhibiting signs of COVID-19 so that troopers can be prepared with PPE. When possible, contact with all victims, witnesses or suspects will be made outside of the home or building in order to reduce exposure. 

Troopers will take reports by telephone from incidents including malicious destruction of property, theft, tampering with a vehicle, attempted vehicle theft, credit or debit card theft, phone misuse and trespassing (not in progress). Troopers will continue to respond if the incident is in-progress, suspect is still on scene or potential for immediate arrest exists or there is physical evidence.

Citizens are asked to limit any personal visits to a barrack to emergency issues or situations absolutely necessary. Anyone planning to visit a State Police barrack for a safety equipment repair order verification should delay that visit. The state of emergency declaration has suspended the due date of repair orders until 60 days after the state emergency has been lifted.

• Effective March 23, TransIT will be reducing service to further protect the health and safety of employees and passengers:

— The following routes will be cancelled until further notice: All peak service on Connector routes (#20P, #40P, #50P, #51P, and #60P); #10B Connector; #51 Connector; #61 Connector; the Brunswick Jefferson Shuttle; the Emmitsburg Thurmont Shuttle; the North Frederick Shuttle; and all Meet-the-MARC shuttles.

— The #65 Connector will transition to a Saturday schedule for the week.

— TransIT-plus will continue providing pre-scheduled trips. All other TransIT Services will remain in service and will be free for passengers. For more information on TransIT's plan in response to COVID-19 and TransIT's services available in Frederick County, visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/transit or call 301-600-2065.

MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration branches are closed effective March 20 until further notice. There are still many ways to take care of your MDOT MVA business using eStore, 24-hour kiosk or VEIP self-service kiosks. If you are eligible, many transactions including driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration renewals, change of address, insurance compliance payments and information on flag fees are all available online. Please be aware that due to staffing limitations, some services may take longer to process than usual.

For customers unable to take care of MDOT MVA transactions online, Gov. Hogan has declared a State of Emergency and has issued an Executive Order extending the expiration dates of all driver's and business licenses, identification cards, permits and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal beginning March 12, 2020. If you are currently holding one of these products, please know it will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted. You can view the Governor's Executive Order at https://bit.ly/2UiWMK5. Visit the latest information on current procedures and policies at www.mva.maryland.gov/covid-19.htm.

• Gift card bingo scheduled for March 31 for the Vigilant Hose Co. Auxiliary, in Emmitsburg, is canceled.

Downtown Frederick Partnership has canceled events for the next eight weeks. Details at www.downtownfrederick.org or 301-663-8118.

• As of 5 p.m. March 16, the YMCA fitness, health and wellness centers, swimming pools, and classes/programs are closed and/or suspended at least through March 30, however it is probable that this date may be extended. Head Start is closed per FCPS. Details at https://frederickymca.org.

• The offices and facilities at Strawberry Hill Nature Center, in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, are closed through April 30 and all events are canceled. Nature trails remain open but visitors must practice social distancing, even outdoors.

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March 20:

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) is closed to the public until such a time as it is safe and advisable to reopen. However, the NMCWM remains open online. During the public closure, the museum will focus on creating a virtual museum experience. The story of Civil War medicine — which offers accounts of hope in the face of an unprecedented health care crisis — is more important now than ever. The NMCWM has created a page of resources for students, teachers, individuals, and history buffs alike to use during this time of remote learning. Facebook Lives, YouTube videos, and other digital content will be released over the coming weeks in an effort to provide educational resources and inspiring stories to learn from. The NMCWM's online resource hub can be found at http://www.civilwarmed.org/online-resources.

• As of 1:30 p.m. March 20 all playground equipment in Town of Thurmont Parks is closed. Residents are asked to keep your children of all ages from using any of the playground equipment in our parks. Town staff will be surrounding  playgrounds with warning tape and ask that residents not tamper with or remove the warning tape. The Governor has also recommended that sports that require multiple players to come into contact with balls, exercise equipment frisbees etc. Be discontinued. For this reason all sports including basketball, tennis, football, baseball, lacrosse, etc. are prohibited in Thurmont Parks until further notice. These actions are bring taken in accordance with Governor Hogan' s most recent recommendations.

The City of Frederick is asking the public to suspend the use of playground equipment and pavilions at City parks.

National parks in the greater Washington area are modifying their operations to promote social distancing and implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state authorities. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, park open spaces and facilities will remain open. However, most indoor locations, including park visitor centers and historic sites, are closed. Visitors are advised to check park websites for the most up to date information. You can enjoy parks virtually by visiting National Park Service (NPS) websites and social media.

• Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the playgrounds at all Emmitsburg parks are now closed to both children and adults. The parks, the dog park and walking paths remain open but please practice social distancing.

• The Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 11 at St. Paul's Mount Airy is canceled and may be rescheduled. Updates at https://stpaulsmtairy.org.

Zion Lutheran in Middletown has canceled all worship services for the foreseeable future, the church is also closed and all meetings and community events are canceled as well. The church office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Zion will be live streaming services Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m.

UPDATE: The Frederick Fairgrounds will continue to postpone all rental events being held at the fairgrounds until further notice. For a listing of those events and updates, visit www.gffair.com. The fairgrounds is closed to the public. Call or email with any questions.

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• Effective immediately March 19, the Frederick County Health Department building will be closed to public access until further notice. Essential services needed for the immediate protection of public health will continue, but walk-in services will no longer be available. The following services will continue to operate by calls only, with no walk-in service available.

These services may be operating at reduced capacity: Behavioral Health: Syringe Services Program (reduced schedule), narcan training, treatment services, AERS; Community Health Services: communicable disease investigation and surveillance, rabies, tuberculosis, HIV case management, preventive health, Safe Kids, Special Delivery, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program; Environmental Health Services: essential food service inspections, food service complaint investigations, emergency septic system repairs, rabies investigations, building permit review, limited burn permits for prior permit holders, inspection of permitted sewage disposal systems, emergency well permits, plan review, water sample and water supply evaluations; Developmental Center: dental clinic, audiology and Infants & Toddlers; Public Health Preparedness; Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program.

— The following Frederick County Health Department services will continue to operate by appointment only, no walk-in service: Medicaid enrollment, call 301-600-3124 to make an appointment; Qualified Health Plans: The Coronavirus Emergency special enrollment period will end April 15, coverage will begin April 1, 2020, regardless of when a qualified health plan (WHP) is selected during that time period; Mental Health appointments for current patients. All other services have been suspended or reduced until further notice.

Quinn Chapel AME Church, 106 E. Third St., Frederick, will be closed for public worship services March 22 and 29. For information regarding online streaming or other concerns, contact the administrative office at 301-663-9540.

Heritage Training and Shooting Center's public range is closed effective immediately, March 19, and has canceled all ASI matches until further notice. Memberships will not be charged from March 19 until April 19. Training courses will be limited to 10 participants and training methods will be altered where necessary to ensure safety. Retail will be open normal hours. Fingerprinting services will remain open and operational.

• The Christian Farmers Outreach luncheon scheduled for April 4 at Westminster has been canceled. Already purchased tickets will be refunded. christianfarmersoffice@gmail.com or 433-508-4338.

• All events through the end of March are canceled at Linganore Winecellars. Wines by the bottle are still available for purchase noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m Saturday; online ordering for pickup at the winery or for house delivery. Red Shedman Farmhouse Brewery bar is closed but is offering carry out. 301-831-5889 or info@linganorewines.com.

UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: All malls and other enclosed entertainment venues are closing effective 5 p.m. March 19 by order of Gov. Larry Hogan. The Francis Scott Key Mall is temporarily closed for this reason. Some stores may remain open and select restaurants are offering delivery and curb-side pick-up. Updates at https://shopsfskmall.com/covid19.

Gallery 50 and Music Makers, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, are closed through April 13.

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• The 2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit on April 2 has been rescheduled for next year Thursday, April 8, 2021, and will feature Vu Le as the keynote speaker. The Weinberg Center for the Arts will send an email to registrants with ticketing information.

• Under executive order of Gov. Jim Justice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, in Charles Town, West Virginia, is closed and events canceled until further notice. Updates at www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com.

• Based on the most recent guidelines the Middletown Town Office will be closed to public access beginning March 19. Town staff will still be accessible via phone and email, and will re-evaluate at the end of March. At this time, there will be no interruption in any Town services such as; water and sewer, trash removal, and recycling. Yard waste bags will be available outside the front door of the Town Office. The first yard waste bag collection will begin April 7. For specific questions, call the Town Office at 301-371-6171 or email office@middletown.md.us.

Middletown's election date of April 6 will also continue as planned. If any residents have concerns, request an absentee ballot by email or letter. You do not have to be absent from the Town to obtain an absentee ballot. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is March 20. Additional election information and safety precautions are available at www.middletown.md.us. If you have already requested an absentee ballot, you do not need to make a request again.

• Effective March 19: Emmitsburg Town Offices will be operating with limited staffing and will continue to be closed to walk-in services until April 3. Town staff will still be available by phone at 301-600-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, all water, sewer and public works services will remain operative. The staff appreciates your patience as they continue to work through this unprecedented issue and anticipate resuming normal operations on April 6.

• The Community Conversations on the Comprehensive Plan for Middletown, scheduled for March 28, has been canceled. New date is TBD.

• The visitor centers at Catoctin Mountain Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park are closed until further notices. Park grounds and trails remain open at this time.

Alive @ Five, weekly happy hours along Carroll Creek and sponsored by the Downtown Frederick Partnership, will kick-off on May 14 and continue through Oct. 1.

Competitive Edge continuing education workshops by the Downtown Frederick Partnership, has been adjusted. April 21 workshops have been postponed. At this time the May 19 workshop is still scheduled. The March and April sessions will be rescheduled, TBD.

Bring a Broom Saturday, originally scheduled for April 25, is canceled by the Downtown Frederick Partnership.

First Saturday events in April and May in downtown Frederick are canceled. Many downtown Frederick businesses remain open daily and are taking extra setps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. 

Jefferson Ruritan Club has canceled Quartermania scheduled for April 5. The event will be rescheduled, TBD.

• The League of Women Voters of Frederick County has canceled all voter services events in March and April. Its website https://my.lwv.org/maryland/frederick-county makes a video its Why Vote? presentation available. Citizens can go to vote411.org to access the digital Voter's Guide, which is now live. 

• The Taneytown Heritage meeting and guest speaker for March 23 at Grace United Church of Christ has been canceled.

• Starting March 17, the Francis Scott Key Mall's temporary hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Some store and restaurant hours may vary. The Play Area is closed until further notice. The mall will not be hosting the Easter Bunny or associated events.

• The Frederick County Planning & Permitting Division and the Treasury Department will close 30 N. Market St. to walk-in traffic until further notice, effective at 10 a.m. March 18. All other public services and operations offered by the Planning & Permitting Division and the Treasury Department continue to be available at this location weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

— All Permits & Inspections services and processes will continue as usual. Residents and customers are encouraged to utilize the County's new paperless plan and permit submittal, processing and tracking tool found at https://planningandpermitting.frederickcountymd.gov. Contact Ashlye Bonomo at abonomo@frederickcountymd.gov or 301-600-3463 with questions or for further assistance.

— All Development Review and Planning Department services and processes will continue as usual. Residents and customers are encouraged to utilize the County's new paperless plan submittal, processing and tracking tool at https://planningandpermitting.frederickcountymd.gov. Contact Ashley Reed at areed@frederickcountymd.gov or 301-600-1139 with questions or for further assistance.

All Treasury Department services and processes will continue as usual. Tax payments, water and sewer payments, and other Treasury payments will be accepted at the drivethru window, as well as online at FrederickCountyMd.gov/Treasury. Documents to be stamped for recordation tax will be accepted at the drive-thru window. Abstractors may use SimpliFile to have these documents processed online by the County and the Clerk's Office. MVA registrations can also be processed through the drive-thru window. Contact the Treasury Department at treasuryquestions@frederickcountymd.gov or via telephone at 301-600-1111.

In-house meetings with County staff may be arranged by appointment if it is determined that the matter cannot be handled remotely.

• The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's annual Race for the Birds, scheduled for March 28, is canceled. Registered participants can request their registration fee be reallocated as a donation or a refund will be made in full by sending an email to race4birds@potomacaudubon.org. As an alternative, PVAS has created an interactive virtual race. Learn more at www.facebook.com/groups/193808588582445

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Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy has rescheduled its spring pancake breakfast from March 21 to April 4. 

• All on-campus events at McDaniel College, Westminster, are canceled at least through mid-May. No decision has yet been made about Commencement. Updates at www.mcdaniel.edu/about-us/events.

• The Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County and the Hagerstown Garden Club have canceled the annual Art in Bloom weekend, scheduled for March 27 to 29.

• The Frederick Board of Elections announced that the 2020 Primary Election will be delayed until Tuesday, June 2. The delay is in response to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's proclamation today to provide the state additional time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows local boards of elections and election workers to implement public health safeguards for the primary election.

• The Phoenix Ostomby Closet is by appointment only until further notice. Call 301-663-1203 and leave a message including your phone number and email address. Ostomy supplies for the uninsured and underinsured, sponsored by the Frederick Area Ostomy Support Group.

• The Frederick County Building Industry Association's annual Home Show, scheduled for March 21 and 22, is canceled.

Town of Mount Airy: Town Hall will be closed for all public meetings in March and April unless otherwise noted. All Town Hall services remain open and operational; use the drop box for bills or correspondence. There will be no water shut offs due to non-payment. The Police Department is operational until further notice. Services from the Public Works Department will not be interrupted; trash and recycling pickups will remain on schedule. Mount Airy Senior closed until further notice. Carroll Hospital is offering drive-up testing for the COVID-19 virus to individuals who qualify via a pre-screening; on the third floor of the parking garage; must be screen first through your primary care provider. The tent outside the emergency room at Carroll Hospital is to treat individuals that are already showing symptoms and who are actually sick. Parks remain open but the public must adhere to the order of no gatherings of more than 10 people.

• The 2020 UNESCO Center for Peace Trailblazer Award Dinner has been postponed.

Friends of Mullinix Park will not meet again until further notice.

• The Rosemont meeting scheduled for March 23 has been canceled. The next meeting is 7 p.m. June 1 at Merryland park. 

Transit Services of Frederick County drivers will no longer enter care facilities to pick up passengers, effective March 17. Drivers will wait at the vehicle. 

• Effective March 17, Social Security Offices will only offer phone service. Online services remain available. 

Heartly House's hotline and emergency shelter will remain in operation throughout the duration of this event. If you are in crisis or have questions about services, call 301-662-8800. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. From March 17 to 27, Heartly House buildings will be closed to visitors, including non-shelter clients, vendors, donors, etc. Victims can file with the Commissioner and Court for Protective Orders as normal. Clients scheduled for an onsite appointment during this time should not come to the location. Call Hotline for support or with questions. Staff will not be meeting clients in person other than at Court. All group and individual counseling sessions are canceled. At this time, Medical Accompaniment Advocates will be available to accompany Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault victims to the hospital should they need to receive a forensic exam. All outreach, youth and community events are postponed until further notice. The Cottage Series classes for March and April are canceled. For updates, follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For specific questions, email info@heartlyhouse.org.

• The country breakfast scheduled at the Wolfsville Volunteer Fire Co. has been canceled for March 28.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services are suspended beginning March 16 until further notice.

MARC Train will begin operating on a "R" schedule effective March 17.

• The Virginia Gold Cup races have been postponed to June 20. All pre-purchased tickets for May 2 will be honored on June 20. If anything changes, the Virginia Gold will update its website www.vagoldcup.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/vagoldcup.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has issued a proclamation of a Declaration of Civil Emergency in the City of Hagerstown. As of 8 a.m. March 17, all City-operated buildings will be closed to the public in an effort to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That includes the Fit Room at Fairgrounds Park, the City Farmers' Market, and the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. The Greens at Hamilton Run golf course will remain open. Services such as police, fire, trash and recycling, and tax and utility customer service remain unaffected as City offices remain open—just not for face-to-face interaction. All departments can be contacted through email and over the phone during this time. For more information, visit www.hagerstownmd.org.

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• The Petersville Ruritan Club has canceled the breakfast scheduled for March 21.

Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church's basket bingo scheduled for April 4, has been rescheduled for May 23 at the Jefferson Ruritan.

• Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, 4004 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, will be canceling all activities beginning March 16 until further notice. This includes the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for March 28.

National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 409, Frederick, has canceled the luncheon scheduled for March 20 at the American Legion.

McCutcheon's Apple Products will not be allowing the general public into its facility starting at 2 p.m. March 16 and lasting for the next two weeks. This includes store browsing at the retail store. In an effort to still serve customers and the ommunity, McCutcheon's will be taking orders for product from the factory store for curb-side pickup or shipping. To order, call 301-662-3261 or place your order online at www.mccutcheons.com. Staff will pull your products from the shelves and have it ready for you when you arrive. Payment will be processed over the phone or online as in-store payments will not be accepted. Depending on demand, allow ample time for our staff to receive and pull orders.

Bush Creek Church of the Brethren's fried oyster, turkey and country ham dinner originally scheduled for March 28, rescheduled for April 18, is now canceled. The next dinner will be in October.

• The New Market Fire Department St. Patrick's Day Mega Bingo scheduled for March 20 is canceled.

• The Sportsmans' Dinner Raffle on March 28 at the Winfield & Community Volunteer Fire Co. is canceled.

• The Finances 101: Practical Issues for Widows and Widowers workshop scheduled for March 29 at Frederick Health Hospice has been canceled but will be rescheduled.

• Effective immediately (March 16) and for two weeks, the Emmitsburg Town office is closed to the public. No walk in services will be provided. Town staff and elected officials will available via phone and/or email. Officials will reevaluate on March 30. On March 16 he Town office will close at 2 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. March 17. The Arbor Day event scheduled for April 4 is canceled. The April 6, Town meeting and public hearing will be virtual meetings (more details to follow). The gymnasium is closed until further notice per Governor Hogan's orders. Yard Waste and Recycling Drop off events on March 21 and April 4 are canceled. Water, sewer and public works is taking steps to ensure full services during this emergency situation. Individuals and families who are in need of essential supplies or services can reach out to elected officials or town staff info@emmitsburgmd.gov.

• Bingo at St. Anthony Shrine on March 28 is canceled.

• Lenten Fish Bakes on March 20, 27 and April 3 are canceled at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall, Thurmont, are canceled. So is the March 30 blood drive.

• The Quartermania fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Riding Club, scheduled for March 29 in Thurmont, is canceled.

• The Carroll County Arts Council has postponed, indefinitely, the 2020 PEEPshow in Westminster. New dates are TBA.

• As a precaution for town officials, staff and residents, the Town of Middletown has canceled all remaining meetings of the Town for the month of March, including town meetings and workshops, planning commission meetings and workshops, and Board of Appeals hearings. Officials will re-evaluate the April meetings on March 31.

• Based on Gov. Hogan's recent directive to close all gyms, Frederick Health is closing ProMotion Fitness at Frederick Health Crestwood and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab gym at Frederick Health Hospital. These sites will be closed until further notice.

• The What is Black? live podcast at Serendipity Market & More in Frederick, scheduled for March 21, is canceled and will be rescheduled.

Birthright of Frederick's Spring to Life Luncheon scheduled for March 28 is canceled.

• The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services is temporarily halting spring trout stocking effective immediately until further notice.

• Beginning March 16, Gov. Larry Hogan has prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people. At 5 p.m. March 16, all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms will close. Drive thru, carry-out and delivery food options will still be available, as well as essential services, like pharmacies and gas stations, will remain open.

• Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater has canceled all events immediately and through March 31. 

Frederick Church of the Brethren has postponed the March 27 slippery pot pie dinner. 

• The Middletown Valley Historical Society meeting scheduled for March 18 is canceled.

• Effective immediately (March 16), the Thurmont Police Department will be closed to all walk-in visitors. Police officers will continue to respond to calls for service, but may be handled by phone call only as applicable. For emergency situations, call 911. For non-emergency dispatch, call 301-600-2071. For the Thurmont Police Station (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), call 301-271-0905.

• The Town of Thurmont Municipal Offices will be closed to the public March 16 until further notice. Residents and customers can pay their bills by telephone, by sending their payment in the mail, dropping the payment in the drop-box outside of the offices, or you can make payments online. Permit requests and payments may also be dropped off in the drop-box or mailed in. If you need to meet with staff in person, you are asked to call and make an appointment at 301-271-7313. Staff will continue to respond to phone calls and emails throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The weekly town meetings will continue to be held but will be closed to the public. Residents can watch the meetings live on cable channel 99 or via live streaming at www.Thurmont.com. These restrictions and conditions will be updated as needed.

Frederick County Council Member Jerry Donald, District 1, has canceled his District 1 Tour on March 21.

Rebuilding Together Frederick County has postponed all projects until further notice.

Johnsville Ruritan Club has canceled its breakfast scheduled for March 21.

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St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church has suspended weekend Masses for the weekends of March 14-15 and March 21-21. Visit the website for updates.

St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Catholic Church has suspended all weekend Masses for the weekends of March 14-15 and March 21-22. Visit the website for updates.

Frederick Church of the Brethren services canceled March 15. Visit www.fcob.net for further updates.

• The Dale Carnegie Course first session set for March 16 at FMH-Crestwood Imaging Center will be delayed until further notice. Contact Darryl Glick for more information, 301-770-2444, ext. 13.

• All Frederick Presbyterian Church worship services, programs and activities are canceled through at least March 27.

• The Literacy Council of Frederick County's Scrabble Mania for Literacy on March 21 is postponed.

• The Myersville Volunteer Fire Co. breakfast scheduled for March 21 is canceled.

• The Frederick County Farm Bureau Spring Banquet scheduled for March 27 at Jefferson Ruritan Center is canceled.

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• The William R. Talley Rec Center and all satellite facilities will be closed until the end of the Frederick City state of emergency. Also:

— The Weinberg Center for the Arts is closed beginning and events closed until further notice. The Weinberg is working with performers to reschedule these events to a later date. Ticket holders should keep their tickets and the Weinberg will be in touch with more information on the status of these events.

— Law enforcement operations will continue in full force and effect and emergency planning protocols are in place should the situation change.

— Public access to City facilities will be restricted and by appointment only.

— Mayor and Board of Aldermen workshops and public hearings will be occurring as scheduled. In-person public comment will not be available.

UPDATED MARCH 16: In light of recent CDC recommendations, all City public meetings remaining in March are postponed.

All other City Board and Commission meetings will be canceled during the City state of emergency.

Frederick Community Action Agency will continue to operate.

Due dates for City bills, permits, licensures and citations will be extended to 30 days after the City state of emergency ends.

City NAC meetings are suspended.

Trash pickup, yard waste and commercial recycling are operating on their normal schedules. Bulk trash pickup is suspended at this time. 

The Frederick Municipal Airport is open and operation. Offices are closed to the public. The airport restaurant will be available for carryout only.

At this time, the City's Planning, Engineering, and Building/Permits Departments will not be accepting hard copies plans, applications, or checks while evaluating how to deliver these services in a safe and modified work environment. In Engineering, re-submittals of improvement plans are being accepted electronically. In Planning, applications in process that were routed prior to March 13 will be reviewed and comments will be returned to the applicant electronically. Updates will be shared as soon as possible.

Existing residential inspections are suspended at this time. New building construction inspections and large-scale public work inspections are occurring on an appointment-only basis.

— The Clustered Spires Golf Course remains open at this time. The on-site restaurant is carryout only.

FREDERICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES and facilities will remain open, with modifications, to ensure essential services continue for residents and businesses:

— All county buildings will be open and staffed with limited public access. Meetings will take place by phone or conference when possible

Frederick County Public Libraries will be closed March 16 to 27

Parks and Rec programs are canceled immediately at school sites and as of March 16 at nature centers, Ballenger Creek Community Center and the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park. County parks remain open to the public.

— Boards and commission meetings are canceled at least through March 27

— The Department of Permitting and the Treasurer's Office remain open for purchase of TransIT fares and to pay taxes and water/sewer bills; please use the drive-through payment window

Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living have restricted visitor access

Animal Control hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Animal adoption floors will be closed to the public; adoptions are temporarily suspended; volunteers should contact Animal Control for more information.

— The Adult Detention Center has restricted visitor access.

— The Frederick County Landfill will remain open, now walk-ins will be accepted for recycling or compost bins.

— The Citizens Services Division is meeting clients by appointment only.

Family Partnership and Scott Key Center will be closed for two weeks.

TransIT Services will continue to provide services and routes.

— Telework will be allowed for county employees who are able to do so.

— County employee travel is prohibited.

— The County Executive's budget public hearing at 7 p.m. March 23 will take place on Facebook Live, with viewers encouraged to provide feedback online or via email to countyexecutive @frederickcountymd.gov.

• The Small Town Stars Theatre Co. production of "Godspell" at Walkersville United Methodist Church is canceled, all shows.

• The Family History Center, 199 North Place, Frederick, is closed until further notice. Call 240-818-1937 before visiting.

• All Master Gardener seminars are canceled until further notice.

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• Based on social distancing recommendations, Francis Scott Key Mall will no longer host the Easter Bunny or associated events.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick announced it will not hold an in-person service Sunday. Instead, the church will livestream its service at frederickuu.org/livestream. The usual "middle hour" friendly forum and religious education classes are canceled along with the church's 1 p.m. board focus group. The church's book sale is already set and will continue since there are usually less than 25 people at any given time.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick announced on its website it is canceling all worship and onsite activities until Palm Sunday, which is April 5.

Damascus Road Community Church also announced it is canceling all on-site activities until further notice. They will offer an online service.

Grace United Church also announced it was canceling its March 15 service.

• The Frederick County Council has canceled most of its meeting activity for the rest of the month. Council members were scheduled to have two public hearings for rezoning cases next Tuesday, but those have been postponed until April 14 at 7 p.m. at Winchester Hall in Frederick. The council was also supposed to review the 287(g) audit report on March 24, but that meeting, along with the one scheduled for March 31, has also been postponed. No new dates have been set.

• The Frederick Fairgrounds announced it is postponing all events until the governor's order to not hold events with more than 250 people is lifted. For a listing of those events and updates please go to www.thegreatFrederickFair.com.

• The United Way of Frederick County shut down all free income tax preparations until March 31. If residents have an appointment scheduled between now and March 31, they are asked to call 866-411-6803 to reschedule.

• The Children's Center of Walkersville will be closed March 16-27 in response to concerns of the coronavirus. The center offers pre-school, child care and before and after school care programs for children ages 2-12.

New Spire Arts announced the cancelation of "Manhattan on Patrick with Bebe Neuwirth," which was scheduled for March 21.

• The Frederick News-Post History Bee originally scheduled for March 26 has been postponed. A new date has yet to be announced.

• Practices for Thurmont Little League will not begin until April 6. Opening day has been delayed as well.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre is temporarily suspending its operations and events beginning March 16 until restrictions are lifted.

• The National Day of Prayer kickoff breakfast, scheduled for March 28, is canceled.

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• Opening day for the Frederick Keys originally scheduled for April 9 has been changed. Opening date will be announced at a later date.

• The Vintage Vibe Markets spring show at the Frederick Fairgrounds on March 28 and 29 has been rescheduled to May 30 and 31.

• Based on social distancing recommendations, Francis Scott Key Mall will no longer be hosting the Easter Bunny or associated events.

Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Co. has canceled its cash bingo night scheduled for March 16.

Bush Creek's fried oyster, turkey and country ham dinner originally scheduled for March 28 has been rescheduled for April 18.

• The Frederick Torch Club meeting for March 23 is canceled.

• All college and community events scheduled at Frederick Community College are canceled March 16 through March 27.

• The Meraki concert at Calvary United Methodist Church, Frederick, on March 15 is canceled and will be rescheduled.

• The Frederick Symphony concert scheduled for March 15 is canceled.

Seton Shrine has canceled Lenten retreats, St. Joseph Valley Days and St. Patrick's Day concert. Business hours, confession, Adoration and Mass is still on the regular scheduled. Visit www.setonshrine.org for updates.

• The country breakfast scheduled for March 15 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. is canceled.

• The March 14 meeting of the Frederick County Genealogical Society is postponed.

• The Lucky Leprechaun race, hosted by the YMCA of Frederick County, scheduled for March 14 has been canceled. Entries can be deferred to the YMCA's Santa Run on Dec. 12, 2020, or to the Lucky Leprechaun Run on March 13, 2021.

• The historical interpreters workshop presented by the Blue and Gray Hospital Society on March 14 at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has been postponed.

• The Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry banquet and auction scheduled for March 13 in Hagerstown has been postponed. Call 301-739-3000 or email staff@fhfh.org for more information.

• All events performances at the Maryland Theatre, in Hagerstown, are canceled effective immediately through March 27. Ticket holders will be contacted before the date of your event with specific instructions.

St. John's Catholic Prep is closed and students will have online instruction until March 29.

Rock the Shamrock, scheduled for March 13 in downtown Mount Airy, is canceled.

Seton Center Inc. has canceled the Spring Fling craft fair scheduled for March 21 and the census party on April 4 is also canceled.

Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg, has canceled the "A Night at the Races gala scheduled for March 21. More information will be sent to ticket holders.

• All senior and community centers in Carroll County are closed until further notice.

• The Mount Airy Senior Center yard sale and craft fair scheduled for April 25 is canceled.

• The Michael Ray and Carly Pearce concert at The Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races scheduled for March 13 has been rescheduled for Oct. 17.

• The Frederick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution's prospective member workshop scheduled for April 4 is canceled.

• The Frederick County Master Gardner's class on small space vegetable gardening scheduled for March 14 is canceled.

• The Tuesday evening Book of Mormon classes at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Frederick, are canceled until further notice.

• The Diaper Distribution event scheduled for March 14 at Amber Meadows Park is canceled and will be rescheduled.

• The "Forged in Iron and Bone: Unveiling the Faces of the Enslaved" event of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society on March 14 has been rescheduled to May 6.

All public schools in Maryland will be closed March 16 to 27. Announcement made March 12 by Gov. Larry Hogan during a press conference. Frederick County Public Schools will post updated answers to FAQs online at www.fcps.org/update.

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St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Frederick, has canceled its Lenten fish fry Fridays, March 13 to April 3.

• The Republican Club of Frederick County has canceled its meeting for March 12.

• The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships that were scheduled to be played March 12 to 14 are postponed until further notice. This includes the games scheduled for the Frederick High School girls, Middletown High School girls and Oakdale High School boys teams.

• The Frederick County Senior Services Division has temporarily closed all senior centers to the public. The Frederick County senior centers are in Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick and Urbana. All activities, programs and events are canceled until further notice. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver two meals a day to home-bound adults, Monday through Friday, who meet eligibility guidelines. Senior Services Division offices will remain open and staff will be available to answer questions at call 301-600-1234.

Town Hall in Mount Airy will be closed for all public meetings in March and April unless otherwise noted. This includes volunteer committee meetings. Town Council and Planning Commission meetings are under consideration. Also, several events may be canceled or rescheduled. Visit www.mountairymd.gov for updates.

• The Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department has canceled all events scheduled in the fire department social hall for a minimum of 30 days beginning March 14 until at least April 14. Canceled events include bingo on March 21, Lions Club breakfast on March 22, Safe and Sane bingo on March 27 and the Linganore Grange bingo on April 4.

• The Mount Airy Senior Center will be closed until further notice. Mac "The Caboose" will also be closed. www.mountairymd.gov.

• Maryland Department of National Resources has announced that the Cunningham Falls Maple Syrup Festival scheduled for two weekends, March 14-15 and March 21-22, has been canceled

• The lecture on ETPB, hosted by NAMI and scheduled for March 18 has been canceled.

AARP #636 has canceled its luncheon meeting on March 19 at Dutch's Daughter. Further information about other meetings will be posted as necessary. Money sent in for the March meeting will be applied to the next luncheon.

Liberty Central United Methodist Church, in Libertytown, has canceled its March 21 breakfast.

• The Libertytown Unionville Lions benefit breakfast scheduled for March 22 has been canceled.

• The lecture by Doug Tallamy scheduled for March 22 at Hood College has been postponed.

• The turkey and oyster dinners scheduled for March 27 and 28 at Graceham Moravian Church are canceled.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre's annual fundraiser Retro Prom has been rescheduled from March 28 to Aug. 22. For updates and changes to other MET events, visit www.marylandensemble.org.

Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department's fundraising dinner scheduled for April 4 has been canceled. The LDVFD will evaluate the Mother's Day breakfast on May 10 as the date nears.

• The Mount Airy Lions Club is canceling two events — the Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 5 and the city-wide yard sale that was scheduled for April 25.

The I Steadies 35th Anniversary Reunion Party originally planned for April 25, has been rescheduled to Oct. 17. For details, visit the I Steadies page on Facebook.

• All events at Hood College are canceled until further notice.

Flying Dog Brewery has closed its tasting room and canceled all of its events until further notice. The brewery will continue other operations as normal.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet - WIRED

Posted: 12 May 2020 03:00 AM PDT

At around 2:30 on that Friday afternoon, Marcus Hutchins returned from picking up lunch at his local fish-and-chips shop in Ilfracombe, sat down in front of his computer, and discovered that the internet was on fire. "I picked a hell of a fucking week to take off work," Hutchins wrote on Twitter.

Within minutes, a hacker friend who went by the name Kafeine sent Hutchins a copy of WannaCry's code, and Hutchins began trying to dissect it, with his lunch still sitting in front of him. First, he spun up a simulated computer on a server that he ran in his bedroom, complete with fake files for the ransomware to encrypt, and ran the program in that quarantined test environment. He immediately noticed that before encrypting the decoy files, the malware sent out a query to a certain, very random-looking web address: iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com.

That struck Hutchins as significant, if not unusual: When a piece of malware pinged back to this sort of domain, that usually meant it was communicating with a command-and-control server somewhere that might be giving the infected computer instructions. Hutchins copied that long website string into his web browser and found, to his surprise, that no such site existed.

So he visited the domain registrar Namecheap and, at four seconds past 3:08 pm, registered that unattractive web address at a cost of $10.69. Hutchins hoped that in doing so, he might be able to steal control of some part of WannaCry's horde of victim computers away from the malware's creators. Or at least he might gain a tool to monitor the number and location of infected machines, a move that malware analysts call "sinkholing."

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What Is Sinkholing?

Sure enough, as soon as Hutchins set up that domain on a cluster of servers hosted by his employer, Kryptos Logic, it was bombarded with thousands of connections from every new computer that was being infected by WannaCry around the world. Hutchins could now see the enormous, global scale of the attack firsthand. And as he tweeted about his work, he began to be flooded with hundreds of emails from other researchers, journalists, and system administrators trying to learn more about the plague devouring the world's networks. With his sinkhole domain, Hutchins was now suddenly pulling in information about those infections that no one else on the planet possessed.

For the next four hours, he responded to those emails and worked frantically to debug a map he was building to track the new infections popping up globally, just as he had done with Kelihos, Necurs, and so many other botnets. At 6:30 pm, around three and a half hours after Hutchins had registered the domain, his hacker friend Kafeine sent him a tweet posted by another security researcher, Darien Huss.

The tweet put forward a simple, terse statement that shocked Hutchins: "Execution fails now that domain has been sinkholed."

In other words, since Hutchins' domain had first appeared online, WannaCry's new infections had continued to spread, but they hadn't actually done any new damage. The worm seemed to be neutralized.

Huss' tweet included a snippet of WannaCry's code that he'd reverse-engineered. The code's logic showed that before encrypting any files, the malware first checked if it could reach Hutchins' web address. If not, it went ahead with corrupting the computer's contents. If it did reach that address, it simply stopped in its tracks. (Malware analysts still debate what the purpose of that feature was—whether it was intended as an antivirus evasion technique or a safeguard built into the worm by its author.)

Hutchins hadn't found the malware's command-and-control address. He'd found its kill switch. The domain he'd registered was a way to simply, instantly turn off WannaCry's mayhem around the world. It was as if he had fired two proton torpedoes through the Death Star's exhaust port and into its reactor core, blown it up, and saved the galaxy, all without understanding what he was doing or even noticing the explosion for three and a half hours.


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