Bob Flickinger Memorial Tree Grove Dedication Ceremony

This past Saturday the City of Taneytown officially dedicated the Bob Flickinger Memorial Tree Grove, located at Flickinger Park. It was a wonderful ceremony, with the tree donors and the Flickinger family in attendance. If you didn’t have the opportunity to know Mr. Flickinger (who passed away on New Year’s Day this year), we encourage you to watch this video…you will have a true sense of the spirit and passion the gentleman had for his community, and how well he served it with a giving heart. (We will also be posting a separate album with pictures.)

Virtual Winter Concert by Taneytown Elementary School & Elmer Wolfe Elementary School

Taneytown’s Elementary Schools put on a 2020 Virtual Winter Concert

The Taneytown & Elmer Wolfe 5th Grade Band & Orchestras Present…

Our virtual rendition of:
Frosty The Snowman!

Thank You for Watching!

Special thanks go out to their wonderful Administrators:

  • Tracy Belski
  • Christy Farver
  • Katie Finneran
  • Brie Bower

and their amazing Music Teachers:

  • Charlotte Herbstsomer
  • Katrina Boyle

And all of their incredibly supportive Band & Orchestra Parents! Thank you for helping your child record and submit their contributions!

Nancy McCormick, Economic Development Director for City of Taneytown, Retires after 21 Years

Nancy McCormick, Taneytown Economic Development Directory, retires after 21 Years

For over 20 years Nancy McCormick, Economic Development Directory, Taneytown has been the force that keeps Taneytown striving and growing by promoting its businesses, people, and treasures.

In 2010 City officials convinced legislators to select Taneytown for a #23 million Streetscape Project and Nancy was the “go to” person who guided and mentored businesses, residents, contractors, and SHA through the myriad of problems that came with such a massive undertaking. Other towns who subsequently had major Streetscape projects called on her to counsel them through their processes. Evapco, an employee owned HVAC industrial refrigeration, power generation and industrial process company and major employer in Taneytown approached Taneytown in 2019 about a major expansion ($15 million) on a tight timeframe (9 months). Nancy brought all stakeholders to one table to review plans, negotiate, ask/answer questions, which served to get the project done with no issues or delays. The expansion (176,000 square feet) was completed in under 9 months and added over 90 specialized jobs.

Working within Taneytown’s Downtown Revitalization Act and keeping a watchful eye on available community grants, Nancy worked closely with new and existing businesses to ensure their developmental success and sustainability.

Nancy’s dedication to the town did not start and stop with Economic Development. As “Main Street” coordinator she developed and coordinated events that encompassed Parks and Recreation, she edited and produced the quarterly newsletter (Taneytown Record), rallied volunteers (creating an Ambassador Program) and served as Taneytown’s Main Street Coordinator since its inception of “Maryland Main Street”. She established the monthly Taneytown Business Breakfast over 20 years ago where locals, business owners, elected officials, and community leaders gather to exchange information ad network. The Business Breakfast features a speaker each second Friday of the month. And as the word of its popularity and effectiveness spread, throughout the state other municipalities sought to emulate it.

Nancy represented Taneytown on several boards and commissions: Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Silver Oak Academy, Caring and Sharing Ministries, and the Foundation board of the Carroll Community College to name but a few. Nancy had a one-on-one relationship with local philanthropists who contributed when she asked. She is well know throughout the county and state for her collaborative demeanor and accomplishments. People (volunteers) were always happy to work for and with her.

As an elected official who moves about the County and State, I am constantly getting compliments on Nancy and her work.

Respectfully Submitted – Diane Foster, Mayor Pro Tem, Taneytown

Nancy has been a driving force in the success of Taneytown for many years. When she was first hired, some 27-28 years ago, I wondered if Taneytown really needed an economic development director. The answer was a resounding yes. Through Nancy’s tenure she has been instrumental in attracting mew businesses to town, creating a “spirit of cooperation among not only the business community but the many volunteers she was able to recruit to help and just as importantly, encouraging those businesses through proactive support and involvement. Nancy was instrumental in developing the Main Street Maryland and Main Street (National) programs that we have been involved in for many years. As “Main Street” manager as well as Economic Development Director, she helped develop the entire business community, retail, service industry, industrial… all business. During the Streetscape project and all its disruption and hardship it caused for Taneytown businesses, Nancy was the liaison. She met and addressed the special needs of the business community during this critical time. After the project was finished our business community blossomed! As Main Street Manager, part of Nancy’s responsibilities were to arrange and hold community events. The town grew to anticipate these events such as Spring Fling, Pet Parade, Wine & Music Festival, Fall Fest, The Pumpkin People, just to name some of the events over the years. Additionally, Nancy’s close association with Taneytown Caring & Sharing Ministries, Mission of Mercy, The James House, Silver Oak Academy and many others enabled Taneytown to become knows as a place for everyone and a place where everyone matters.

Nancy’s networking skills cannot be overlooked. Along with Mayor Flickinger, she began the Taneytown Business Breakfasts. In my business I attend a lot of networking events throughout the area. The Taneytown Business Breakfast is by far the most productive one I attend. Her willingness to help beyond our community was obvious also. Nancy was the go to person in Maryland and beyond, if a town wanted to set up its own “Main Street” program. Nancy traveled all over the state offering her expertise and advice. Nancy encouraged and developed a partnership with the Carroll County Economic Development office that not only benefited Taneytown but all of the municipalities in Carroll County. No longer was the job of economic development in Carroll an “Us vs Them” affair. We are all working together toward a common goal. Nancy was a regular at the annual Maryland Municipal League’s conferences. She frequently shared her success in Taneytown with those in other Maryland Cities & Towns eager to emulate us.

On a personal note, Nancy has always been of great help and encouragement to me. It did not matter my role; Councilman, Mayor Pro Tem, or Mayor, she always “had my back”. If there was an issue that needed to be addressed that I was unaware, Nancy was there. I value her advice and friendship. They say no one is irreplaceable, and I suppose that is true, but whoever assumed the rold=e of Economic Development Director / Main Street Manager will have huge shoes to fill. She will be sorely missed. Thank you Nancy for all you have done for our City.

Respectfully Submitted – James McCarron, former Mayor

Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844, in Taneytown, named Best Hotel Restaurant in USA Today Contest


Taneytown Lions Club Gives Back

Even while stuck at home, the “Taneytown Lions Club continued on their mission of helping others! Although they had to cancel their March meeting they still sent out donation checks totaling $5,675 to the following service organizations:

These donations are made possible through the many fund-raising activities we do throughout the year. To our Taneytown community that support these activities, we say “thank you”.

Taneytown Businesses say “HI!”

Hi there Taneytown, Maryland! A few of us local businesses wanted to say HELLO and spend a brief moment with Y.O.U. 😊 Even though only a fraction of us biz peeps are in the video, we are all in this together. ✊ #taneytownstrong #bettertogether #kindnessiscontagious

Please share! Comment and tag a few of your favorite businesses in town! And finally, please connect will all of these fantastic Taneytown Maryland Businesses on Facebook and Instagram:

Pianist 🎹🎶
Nicholas Galinatis
FACEBOOK: Nicholas Galinaitis, Pianist

Georges On York Bed & Breakfast 🗝
Chris & Sharon Tillman
FACEBOOK: Georges on York BnB

Kelly Heck Photography 📸
Kelly Heck
FACEBOOK: Kelly Heck Photography – Personal Brand & Portrait Photos Carroll County MD

StudioY Fitness 🏋️‍♀️
Yvette Castillo
FACEBOOK: StudioY Fitness

Terry’s Tag & Title 📃
Neil Saffron
FACEBOOK: Terry’s Tag and Title Service, LLC

Stonehouse Cakery & Cafe 🧁
Izabel Steele & Donna Kelly
FACEBOOK: Stone House Cakery and Cafe

Antrim 1844 🛏
Richard Mollett
FACEBOOK: Antrim 1844 Hotel

Taneytown Dance Center 💃🕺
“Miss Kim” Golliday
FACEBOOK: Taneytown Dance Center

Buddy’s Place Dog Grooming 🐕
Stephani Rickerd
FACEBOOK: Buddy’s Place Dog Grooming

Kennie’s Market 🛒
Rocky Herring
FACEBOOK: Kennie’s Market

Doug’s Turnings 🌳
Douglas Heck
FACEBOOK: Douglas Heck

Mark Small’s Used Car Factory 🚗
Mark Small
FACEBOOK: Mark Smalls Used Car Factory

Taneytown Chamber of Commerce 👨‍💻👩‍💻
FACEBOOK: Taneytown Chamber of Commerce

No Anchovies 🍕
Donnie Chiaruttini
FACEBOOK: No Anchovies

Thunderhead Bowl & Grill 🎳
FACEBOOK: Thunderhead Bowl

RUST Studio & Classroom 🖌
Beth Lee
FACEBOOK: @Rust: Studio & Class Room

The Hitch Man, Inc. 🚘
Adam Peno
FACEBOOK: The Hitch Man

Pictures-R-Us 📷
Rebecca, Tanya, & Kim Kornaski
FACEBOOK: Pictures -R- Us, Inc.

The Liquor Barn 🍾
Kim Carter & Jim Coyle
FACEBOOK: The Liquor Barn

Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles 🎁
Allan Semmont
FACEBOOK: Eternia Dreams Toys and Collectibles LLC

JB Farms 👩‍🌾
The Blankenships

Firehouse Pottery & Arts 🎨
Harmony Autry
FACEBOOK: Firehouse Pottery and Arts

MD Lead Inspection Services 📝
Michael & Debbie Shea
FACEBOOK: MD Lead Inspection Services

Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles - Allan Semmont

Our very own Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles to be featured on new docuseries, “THE TOYS THAT MADE US”

Launching mid-April 2020, more than 40 independent toy stores will be featured in  A Toy Store Near You, including our very own Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles.

A Toy Store Near You will debut one or two episodes each week across Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Vimeo, with each delving into the history, selection, and the people that make each store unique.


Congrats to Eternia Dreams Toys & Collectibles owner Allan Semmont!!

Information sourced from:

Thunderhead Bowl & Grill Drive Through

Taneytown Interviewed for the Wall Street Journal


“How Coronavirus Changed Life in One Town in Maryland”

In small Taneytown, day by day, more of life shuts down… here from business owners and town officials…

Read the full article here:

2019 Hudson Day at Taneytown History Museum


The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs hosted the Ready, Set, GROW! Procurement Connections Workshop at Carroll Community College, marking the first time the event has been in Carroll County. This business development program helps small, minority, women, and veteran business owners connect to state and local government buyers. The event drew over 40 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“The college values our strong partnership with Special Secretary Rhee and the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs,” stated Dr. James D. Ball, president of Carroll Community College. “We always appreciate the opportunity to convene State and local resources on our campus to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs even greater access to the resources they need to grow and thrive.”

Three local entrepreneurs received a Governor’s Citation in recognition of their contributions to Maryland’s small business community and the community at large:  Harmony Autry & Melody Schell, Owners – Firehouse Pottery & Arts, LLC in Taneytown, Maryland,  Mildred Rodman, Owner – Growing Ideas Sustainable Gardening,  Lee Ann Young, Owner- Uncharted HR, LLC