Trout Run

The main entrance to Trout Run on Catoctin Hollow Road.

Frederick County and a real estate firm affiliated with the Church of Scientology are close to settling a lawsuit over a proposed drug treatment facility on Catoctin Mountain.

Attorneys for the county and Social Betterment Properties International, the real estate arm of the Church of Scientology, have negotiated a full settlement, according to documents filed Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court. The county and SBPI have requested that the lawsuit be stayed, or placed on hold, by the court while the settlement is finalized.

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The last thing that Frederick County needs .. especially the more rural parts ... is a drug "rehab" center. You are about to see a drastic increase in crime in and around Thurmont if this "rehab" center happens.


Do not show away your tin foil.


Something wicked this way comes.



Here's hoping the agreement does not permit any type of drug counseling. This county and District 5 do not need a predatory organization recruiting desperate family members to cough up $30,000+ for L. Ron Hubbard's "treatment" amid the opioid crisis.

Folks, take a look at the old NN@TRun website to see what the CoS's emissaries were up to back during the fight -

Many member of NN@TRun including myself were interviewed by the WaPo and NYT. The papers documented the fight and the interference that the CoS tried to run. Links here:

Here's a winning quote in reference to supporting the original historic designation: “I’m not here to judge Scientology.” -Kirby Dealuter He then flip-flopped and voted against the historic designation. He then flip-flopped again: "Councilman Kirby Delauter, also a Republican, originally voted against the historic designation, but voted not to sign the resolution on Tuesday. Delauter said he considered the votes two discrete issues. “I just think the whole thing was dishonest,” he said."


Moon otter

How about the county just buy it. The state should have bought it when they bought the surrounding land.

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