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Frederick Uncut is a podcast where we invite area newsmakers to discuss issues pertinent to Frederick County during an unedited, unfiltered interview.

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Frederick Uncut is a podcast where we invite area newsmakers to discuss issues pertinent to Frederick County during an unedited, unfiltered interview.

    Paying for education

    Paying for education

    The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is a massive education reform proposal currently before members of the Maryland General Assembly.

    There are two questions many are asking about the education reform, also known as the Kirwan bills. The first is, what will the bills do for Frederick County?

    The second is, how will Frederick County pay for the reform?

    To answer some of these questions, producer Heather Mongilio met with County Executive Jan Gardner and Joy Schaefer, government affairs director with the county executive’s office. Schaefer sat on the Kirwan Commission.

    Mongilio then met with statehouse and county reporter Steve Bohnel, followed by food and education reporter Katryna Perera about different aspects of Kirwan.

    Perera also spoke with Mongilio about her latest review. This week she looks at restaurants across the county participating in Restaurant Week.

    • 35 min
    Fighting Addiction: A day in the life of someone in recovery

    Fighting Addiction: A day in the life of someone in recovery

    Meghan King remembers buying heroin that came with a warning that the batch was strong.

    She remembers preparing it and using it.

    Then she remembers coming to after her boyfriend gave her Narcan.

    King joined producer Heather Mongilio to discuss being in recovery and her 15-year struggle to stay sober. King is just shy of four months sober.

    King spoke to Mongilio as part of a story on the number of opioid overdoses in 2019. Crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias, who wrote the story with Mongilio, also joined her to discuss their reporting.

    Then, food and education reporter Katryna Perera joins Mongilio to talk about her latest review.
    Music in this episode was used under a creative commons license and can be found at the link below. Relaxing Piano Music by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4273-relaxing-piano-music/License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 37 min
    Seeking a space for the deaf community

    Seeking a space for the deaf community

    Members of the deaf community in Frederick County have come together with a singular goal. 

    They want to create a Maryland Deaf Community Center, a centralized location for services and that would also serve as a community meeting place. 

    The group met Feb. 3 to talk about the creation of the center. President Linda Stoltz and Vice President Lori Bonheyo joined Frederick Uncut producer Heather Mongilio to discuss the creation of a center. 

    Then, education and food reporter Katryna Perera joined Mongilio to talk about a Nazi flag that was hanging in a window at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School over the weekend. 

    The flag is used as part of a specific history class, Perera told Mongilio.

    Perera also talks to Mongilio about a pop-up cocktail bar in Buckeystown that brings Valentine's Day to patrons in the form of cocktails and small bites.

    • 26 min
    On homelessness, how does Frederick compare?

    On homelessness, how does Frederick compare?

    More and more, homelessness in downtown Frederick has become a topic of discussion over how to address the problem.

    To do a comparison of how the city of Frederick approaches homelessness, The News-Post sent city reporter Colin McGuire to two cities in the South to see how other governments address it.

    City editor Allen Etzler joins producer Heather Mongilio to discuss the three-part series, which ran last week. Etzler also previews the upcoming week of news in Frederick County.

    Then food and education reporter Katryna Perera joins Mongilio to discuss her latest review of a Japanese restaurant in Hagerstown.

    • 26 min
    5-year-old boy dies from flu-related sepsis

    5-year-old boy dies from flu-related sepsis

    While much of the conversation about diseases right now is focused on the coronavirus from China, the flu has been in Maryland for several weeks.

    In Maryland alone, there have been 16,766 confirmed cases of the flu with 15 deaths, as of Jan. 18.

    In Frederick County, there is at least one flu-related death. On Jan. 20, 5-year-old Lochlin DeSantis died from flu-related sepsis. Lochlin was a happy, giving child who was always running and always had a smile on his face.

    City editor Allen Etzler temporarily takes over hosting duties to interview producer Heather Mongilio about her story on Lochlin. She spoke about how his parents invited her and editor Graham Cullen into their homes around 48 hours before Lochlin's funeral so that they could spread the message about flu-related sepsis.

    Then Etzler tells Mongilio about other stories coming up in Frederick County this week before food and education reporter Katryna Perera joins Mongilio for her latest food review.

    Finally, Mongilio accompanied crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias and transportation reporter Ryan Marshall as they donated blood. Arias joins Mongilio in the studio to discuss why the two donated blood.

    • 46 min
    Finding the purr-fect pet at the animal shelter

    Finding the purr-fect pet at the animal shelter

    At the animal shelter at Frederick County Animal Control, a fair number of cages are empty. It is surprising considering how many articles talk about pets coming to shelters after people decide they no longer want the Christmas puppy or kitten.

    Fortunately, the Frederick County shelter does not see that many returned Christmas animals, division director Linda Shea told producer Heather Mongilio.

    Shea spoke with Mongilio about adopting an animal and gave her a tour of the shelter.

    Then, crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias joins Mongilio to talk about two boys who read to dogs at the shelter to help them calm down.

    City editor Allen Etzler also joins to talk about the upcoming news of the week and recap what happened last week.

    Finally, food and education reporter Katryna Perera stops by with pizza to talk about her latest review.

    • 37 min

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