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The Frederick News-Post
By Brittany Branch-Smith
February 2, 2015

A few months ago, I saw someone I knew from Gallaudet University at the C. Burr Artz Public Library. While we were catching up on each other’s lives, she asked me if I had ever tried any cupcakes from Patty Cakes of Frederick. I said no and that I had never heard of it. She then told me the cupcakes were really good and that the owner of the business (Patricia “Patty” Carter) was deaf. I was a bit surprised by this and curious to find out more about Carter and how she came to the decision to start her own business.

When I got home I visited the Patty Cakes of Frederick page on Facebook. The cupcakes really did look good, so I ended up ordering some caramel apple and cake batter-flavored ones (which were indeed delicious). I also contacted Carter to arrange an interview. I explained that I was very curious to find out what motivated her to start her own business since I knew it could not have been easy due to the communication barriers often experienced by the deaf. Fortunately, Carter took the time out of her busy baking schedule to meet with me.

During our interview, Carter, who is married with two children, said the catalyst for her becoming an entrepreneur was her family and friends. She explained  . . .

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By Cara R. Anthony, Frederick News-Post, 2/3/2014 

WALKERSVILLE — When the third deaf player in NFL history took to the field on Super Bowl Sunday, he had the support of 15 men in Frederick County.

“That’s him! That’s him,” Mark Alford proclaimed when he saw Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman on television.

Like Colman, Alford and his friends are hearing impaired. Each year, the men watch the Super Bowl together — a tradition they’ve upheld for more than 30 years.

They threw their first party in 1981.

“First we had 10, then we had 12, and now we have 15,” Robert Padden said through a sign-language facilitator.

Sending their wives to a local restaurant has also become a tradition. It gives the men time to catch up, eat, make bets and watch football. They gathered around Bourne’s television Sunday to cheer for their respective teams.

Robert Davila, of New Market, said he wanted the Seahawks to win. He married his wife in Seattle.

“I am still loyal to the city,” Davila said. “She is the only reason I know the city, so I have been loyal ever since.”

Davila said he was cheering for Coleman even though other men at the party had their money on Denver.

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