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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Mayor's November 2017 Report

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Public Safety - Many thanks to Chief Reitz and the entire police force for their exceptional community outreach and strong presence throughout our town during their first month of full time service. Mount Airy’s first fully functional police station is located at 205 Center Street, Suite 203 (use Main Street as the access point to Center Street). As a reminder, the phone number for the Mount Airy Police Department is 301-703-1375. There were 436 events handled by the police department during the month of October including a significant drug related arrest in an area of town that has been a community concern for many years. The Chief’s philosophy throughout the transition to town police coverage has been to take the opportunity to educate our residents that the town will now have a stronger police presence. During the first month of coverage, our police force has been issuing mostly warning tickets to help educate our community.

Condolences - It is with great sadness we say goodbye to two of our neighbors Norma Lee Dennis and Tucker Lazarus. We send our condolences to their families and loved ones who are in our thoughts and prayers. Both Norma Lee and Tucker were admired and respected by many in the community for their contributions and will be sincerely missed.

Save Mount Airy Elementary School – Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete the school survey as the Carroll County Board of Education once again tries to decide the best way to address shifting enrollments and student reductions. The Town will continue to post information and promote preserving our school and keeping our community together.

Mayor’s Challenge – As a follow up to the recent Mayor’s Challenge to all town commission members, I have been impressed with the forward thinking and initiatives of many of our commissions. Each year, our volunteers save our community tax dollars and make our community a better place to live and raise our families. Recent volunteer contributions led to the installation of the inclusive swing at Watkins Park with the potential for an all-inclusive (for mobility challenged) playground in the future. Thanks to the collective volunteer efforts on environmental stewardship, the Town was presented with the Sustainable Maryland Certified Award from the State of Maryland. The Town values the tremendous contributions of those who serve for the betterment of their community. In order to better support our volunteers and to assist in navigating the various aspects of formal meetings, to include legal requirements related to those meetings, we are offering training to all our Chairpersons.

Town Events:

Holiday Preview Downtown

November 17, 2017 from 5-8 PM

Carriage rides, hot cocoa, cookie tray sales, music, and more!

Mount Airy’s 1st Turkey Trot at the Links at Challedon

November 23, 2017

Registration starts at 7am; plan to stay for brunch!

Small Business Saturday Town Wide

November 25, 2017

Don't forget to get out and shop local for the holidays

A Main Street Christmas Downtown

December 2, 2017

Tree Lighting, Parade, & Santa in the Caboose

Business Card Exchange Downtown

December 6, 2017 4:30-6:30

Join us for the best mixer of the year! Food donated by local restaurants to showcase some of the town’s favorite dishes paired with Linganore Wine tastings.

Light The Loop:

Please join your Mount Airy neighbors in the “Light the Loop” Holiday Decorating Contest during the month of December! Our effort is to brighten the three mile “loop” along the Main Street corridor - from Route 27 on the south end along Main Street until it reaches Route 27 on the north end. We will be judging each decorated home and business during the month of December. Make sure to have your decorations up and completed by December 9th. Two sets of awards will be given for both residential and commercial; one for innovative and one for traditional.

Exclusively on Facebook:

• An exciting 12 day of Christmas Facebook Event, check our Facebook page to enter our contest for our 2nd ever official ornament. ID the location of the ornament each day for a chance to win.

• The Mount Airy Coloring Contest will go live on Facebook. Save Print and drop off at Town Hall to be entered into an exciting holiday drawing.

NEW this year:

A Very Mount Airy Holiday

December 9th, 2017

Enjoy a holiday art market & special live performance of Miracle on 34th Street. Pop-up Market from 3-6 at The Hive; performances start at 7:00pm in the Caboose Yard.

Don’t Forget!! You can buy the official Mount Airy Christmas Ornament at Town Hall, make sure you get every year and build those memories! Please remember the ornaments sell out quickly!!



Appreciation Spotlight - A huge thank you goes to Amethyst Tymoch for bringing Beards, Beers and Brats Festival back to our Downtown on October 14. Congratulations to Ashley Collier, Main Street Manager, for the hugely successful “Spooky Trail” on Rails to Trails! Another thank you to all of the organizers of the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that was held at Watkins Park in October. I believe we had close to 1,000 walkers and although I haven’t heard how much money was raised yet, this incredible annual event continues to touch the hearts of many local residents.

Mount Airy Town Council Meetings - Mount Airy Town Council Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month @ 7:30 p.m. @ 110 South Main Street. The meetings are also televised live on Channel 23 in Carroll County. Please consider dropping by and witnessing a meeting where the latest issues are openly discussed or letting us know any concerns or comments you may have.

Volunteer Opportunities

 Please visit for a list of volunteer opportunities on one of our many commissions or task forces. These volunteer commissions are made up of Mount Airy residents who study and advise the Mayor and Town Council on issues related to the Commission. Please let me know if you are interested in serving. You may call Town Hall at 301-829-1424 or email me directly at

The Mayor's Community Forums - The November Mayor’s Community Forum(s) will be held at Mac the Caboose on Saturday, November 18st, from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Residents are encouraged to drop by Town Hall on Main Street and discuss any town related items. Town Council members are also invited to attend. The setting is comfortable and informal. Grab a cup of coffee and stop by for a chat!

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