Executive Summary

The Latest News from County Executive Jan Gardner


During This Holiday Season, We Have Many Blessings to Count

As we gather with our families and friends to give thanks for our blessings, I want to extend my appreciation to the citizens of Frederick County for all you do to make Frederick County one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family.

I want to thank our county employees for their hard work to keep our community safe; to maintain our roadways and bridges; to provide for our high quality of life through our parks and recreation programs, our libraries, and our transit services; and, for what they do to support our seniors and our children and families.

I want to express thanks for our teachers and school staff for making sure our students are prepared for the jobs of the future and for providing a path to opportunity for every child no matter their background or circumstances. I am excited by the innovation happening in our public schools.

I am most grateful for the people who work hard every day to lift individuals and families to share in our community’s prosperity. I am often inspired by the good works of people in our midst.

Frederick County is a place where our farmers provide food and fiber to our nation; where our businesses work to find a cure for cancer; and where innovation and big ideas are being turned into jobs and economic prosperity.

Frederick County is a great place to live, to do business, and to raise a family. The secret ingredient is all of you - the people who call Frederick County home.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful to live in Frederick County and to have the incredible opportunity to serve this community. I am thankful for your generosity to others, for your hard work to ensure a strong economy, and for the sense of community and belonging that comes from a community that cares.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Farmer Donates 180+ Acres for New Park

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I was honored recently to accept Richard Kanode's very generous donation of over 180 acres of farmland along Stevens Road in Thurmont. The land will be bequeathed by Mr. Kanode for an agricultural and equestrian public park that will be administered by the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation.

Mr. Kanode's gift will benefit Frederick County residents for years to come, especially those who love agriculture and horses. His legacy will live on and contribute greatly toward the bright future of our community.

Mr. Kanode also created a park endowment fund of $1 million through the Community Foundation of Frederick County for the operations and maintenance of the buildings and property in the farm.

The Division of Parks and Recreation will develop educational and recreational programming for visitors to the park, which will be named the Richard W. Kanode Farm Park. Division Director Jeremy Kortright said, “Because of Mr. Kanodes’ generosity, children and adults of all ages will be able to enjoy this amazing property and learn about the importance of agriculture in our community for years to come."

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