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The Cornucopia Café helps area students

The Cornucopia Café organized a highly successful donation drive for “It’s in the Bag” in October 2016 and repeated it this August as a back-to-school fundraiser. The Grantsville restaurant and their guests helped the organization start the school year off with a bang.

“It’s in the Bag” is a weekend and holiday take-home food program for at-risk elementary school children. This program, administered by the Episcopal Church of Garrett County, seeks to fill the nutrition gap between weekly school meal programs and the dietary deficit often experienced by children over weekends and during school holidays. Each Friday, backpacks are anonymously sent home with 250 qualifying children from seven Garrett County elementary schools.

It costs approximately $280 per year to supply each child with a backpack. That’s less than $7 a week to help a student to perform well by arriving to school with a full stomach on Monday morning.

With the generous support of their patrons, The Cornucopia Café donated over $3,000. If you would like to donate or volunteer with “It’s in the Bag,” please call (301) 334-2510.


Sheriff Rob Corley Announces No Shave November as Fundraiser

Sheriff Rob Corley has announced that the month of November will be designated as No Shave November for the employees at the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016 the Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police and the Oakland Police Department to raise funds for the Garrett County "Police Providing Presents Christmas Project". This program allowed underprivileged kids to go Christmas shopping with law enforcement officers. Last year countless donations were received by the community to help fund this program and make it a huge success.

No Shave November will require each employee from the Sheriff’s Office, 911 Center and Detention Center to pay $25 for the luxury of not having to shave for the entire month. All proceeds will be contributed to the 2017 "Police Providing Presents Christmas Project". that will take place in December.

If anyone else is interested in donating to the program, contributions will be collected at the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office for the entire month of November. Please make checks payable to the GCSO. Cash will also be accepted and receipts for donations will be provided.
Local Libraries Participate in 2017 Maryland STEM Festival

The Ruth Enlow Library will participate in the third annual Maryland STEM Festival with official events scheduled at the Friendsville, Grantsville, Kitzmiller, and Oakland locations in early November. These events are among hundreds of community-based events showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of Maryland. This year’s festival spotlights agriculture and food production to emphasize the significant influence of STEM in this field. “The University of Maryland School of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the 2017 Maryland STEM Festival Champion,” notes the festival website. “They will be participating in many of our Ag related events this year.”.
Official STEM Festival events at local libraries are planned for the following days and locations:
--Friendsville Library: Wednesday, November 1, walk-in 2 – 8 p.m. Farmer Joe’s Scavenger Hunt; Wednesday, November 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m.  Regrow Your Groceries. Contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or

--Grantsville Library: Thursday, November 9, 4 – 5 p.m., AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour with Google Expedition, Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment, presented by Karen Wood, University of Maryland Extension. Contact Hannah at 301-895-5298 or

--Kitzmiller Library: Tuesday, November 7, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour with Google Expedition, Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment, presented by Karen Wood, University of Maryland Extension. Contact Diane at 301-334-8091 or

--Oakland Library: Friday, November 3, 2 – 3 p.m., Scales and Tales presented by Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center. Monday, November 6, 2 – 3 p.m., AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour with Google Expedition, Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment, presented by Karen Wood, University of Maryland Extension. Contact Julie at 301-334-3996 x0104 or

“Founded in 2015, the Maryland STEM Festival has become one of the leading, if not the leading, STEM event in the State. Through a ten-day series of community-based events each fall (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses, and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impact of STEM in Maryland,” notes a Festival spokesperson.
“STEM is for everyone regardless of their background or experience, STEM is the basis for everything we do, and most importantly STEM is FUN! — The Maryland STEM Festival wants to bring that FUN to every Maryland resident,” said Phil Rogofsky, festival director. For more information on the Maryland STEM Festival, visit


Special Program to be Held on the Archaeological Discoveries Found Along Route 219
The Grantsville Community Museum annual dinner fund raiser will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6 PM at the Grantsville Senior Center, 125 Durst Court in Grantsville. Dinner reservations can be made with a $20 donation by calling Lynn Patton at 301-616-6126 or Sue Beachy at 301-707-7205. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 18.
The program will be given by Carol A. Ebright, a Senior Archaeologist with the Maryland State Highway Administration. The program will be Archaeological Discoveries Found in the Design of the New Route 219 at Hilltop. Carol graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned a Master’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.  She has research interests in lithic technology; Paleoindian, Archaic, and Contact time periods; relationships between contemporary Native Americans and archaeologists, and pre-20th century North American communal societies.  She has worked with the Maryland Department of Transportation archeological projects since 1986.  She has additional experience in other parts of the United States on prehistoric habitation sites of various time periods, prehistoric quarry sites, historic farmsteads, and communal religious sites.  Ms. Ebright was the 2007 recipient of the William B. Mayre Award for outstanding contributions to Maryland archeology, and is a past president of the Archeological Society of Maryland.
The museum mission is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret historical material supporting interest in past and current events of Grantsville, Northern Garrett County, and the Tri-State Area. The museum is in its tenth year and located in the historic First State Bank building.
 The museum is non-profit, and operated by volunteers who help to keep the museum open to the public. Funds to maintain the museum collection and operating expenses come from fundraising and the support of the Garrett County Commissioners and the Town of Grantsville.  We look to you to consider becoming a friend and supporter and possibly a volunteer of the Grantsville Community Museum.  We thank all who have supported us in the past and ask that you consider the Grantsville Community Museum in your annual giving budget. Please take time to visit our website at where you can donate through Pay Pal using your credit card, debit card or your Pay Pal account. You can also mail your tax-deductible contribution to: P.O. Box 413, Grantsville, MD 21536 or simply drop it off during your next visit to the museum.

Garrett Regional Medical Center a Proud Affiliate of WVU Medicine and the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett Regional Medical Center Lower Level. The workshop is for individuals currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
 Look Good…Feel Better is a national public service program dedicated to teaching women and teen-age cancer patients the techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image, and how to deal with the sociological side effects they experience during treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists help with the workshop that includes a 12-step skin and makeup program. Cosmetics for the program are free of charge, courtesy of the American Cancer Society, The Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association Foundation and the National Cosmetics Association. The program is offered free of charge and each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. For those who cannot attend a workshop self-help materials including a video and instructional booklet are available. Pre registration is required. To register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at (301) 533-4366 or Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at (301) 533-4133.

American History Series: World War II
Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College announces the next in a series of classes exploring our nation’s history.  This class is titled, American History Series:  WWII, which will be held at the Oakland campus on Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, beginning October 19 through November 9.

Through lecture, class discussion, and video, students will explore the tumultuous years of 1939 - 1945, during which the world experienced the suffering and agony of a war that resulted in the death of over sixty million people, including 400,000 Americans. We will discuss the important contribution made by America and its allies, and, through the use of film, show the valor and heroic exploits of the war's participants.

The American History Series is being taught by Dick Carroll, who holds a M.S. in U.S. History from George Mason University.  He worked for the U.S. Government in the Intelligence Field for 42 years and then for 8 years as a history instructor at Northern VA Community College.

For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

People Training for Dogs Slated for Grantsville
Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville, People Training for Dogs. The course is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
If you interact with dogs as their owner, caretaker, walker or sitter, groomer or are employed or volunteer at a kennel, veterinary clinic, rescue or shelter, then come join us for People Training for Dogs. Become better informed about the best choices of breed and behaviors for a family pet, identify the appropriate training and training methods for you and your lifestyle and utilize the basic training methods when working with problems and/or unwanted behavior issues. Learn new ways of communicating with your pet and know how you may sometimes contribute to your pet's misbehavior. This is an informative and fun way to learn skills and gain insights to help you and your dog have a happy relationship. This class is for HUMAN students only. Instructor will provide her dog for demonstrations.
The course is being taught by local resident, Debbie Daniels. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for year, and now is the owner of her own business in Garrett County called Your Happy Tails LLC. To register for this course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. Course registration fee applies.


Insurance Commissioner Warns of Phone Callers Posing as Maryland Insurance Administration Staff

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. is advising consumers to be wary of phone callers identifying themselves as a Maryland Insurance Administration employee and asking for your insurance information. 
Commissioner Redmer said, “We do NOT make unsolicited calls to individuals asking for personal or financial data. We urge Marylanders to call us or local law enforcement if they are contacted by someone posing as a Maryland Insurance Administration staff member.”
If you have questions, contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at 410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116. For assistance with any insurance issue, visit the Maryland Insurance Administration at

Pickleball October Schedule Announced
Pickleball enthusiasts combine efforts with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College to offer instruction and playing time of this rapidly growing sport.  Pickleball is played at the Oakland Community Center gym (old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3 - 5 p.m. beginning October 2. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For playing times at the CARC, contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at
Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. Equipment, techniques, and rules of the games will be discussed while participants experience a new way to work out and meet new people. Tennis shoes are required but all other equipment will be included.
For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. Registration fee applies.

Ten Easy Herbs to be offered at GC’s Northern Outreach Center
Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Ten Easy Herbs, at the college’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Class will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2-4 p.m. 
Tried to grow herbs in the past without any success?  Take this course as an introductory session to herb gardening.  Ten easy herbs will get you started on the path to successful herb gardening and help you gain the confidence you need to grow anything. 
The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from WVU and an A.A. degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College.  She works for the University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett County.  The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Anyone with a disability that requires special assistance for participation in the program should contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.
For more information on this course or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. Course registration fee applies.

Ruth Enlow Library Co-Hosts Teen Sensory Event
The Ruth Enlow Library and Garrett County Family Support Services will co-host a teen sensory and social event on Saturday, October 7, 10 – 11 a.m., at the Oakland Library, 6 N. Second St., Oakland, MD. This interactive, sensory friendly program will include activities specifically designed for teens that provide adaptive experiences based on multiple learning styles. The program will provide an opportunity for teens to relax, hang out and have fun, and participate in games and a craft. Video gaming will be available after the program for the teens to enjoy.
The event is free and open to teens ages 13 – 21 years old. All students must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
To register for this event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or

GRMC prediabetes program celebrates success
A total of six participants collectively lost 101 pounds over the course of four months as part of the year-long Prevent Type-2 Diabetes Education Program at Garrett Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of WVU Medicine. Designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help participants build skills needed to lose weight and become more physically active, the Prevent Type-2 program relies on motivation and accountability through regularly held sessions that focus on weekly food journaling, tracking at least 150 minutes of activity per week, and hard work and determination.
“This program is successful because it incorporates lifestyle changes that assist in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and improving the overall health of participants,” said Mitzi Wiltison, GRMC Diabetes Education Coordinator. “The goals of the program include learning how to eat healthy, adding physical activity to your life, dealing with stress, and coping with challenges.”
Nearly 37% of Maryland’s adult population has prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of those with prediabetes nationwide are undiagnosed. The Diabetes Prevention Program was developed by the CDC to address the nation’s daunting health statistics.  Research shows that losing even 5% of body weight and increasing physical activity was effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.
“Type 2 diabetes is a wide-spread disease that can lead to serious, long-term complications, so preventing it from developing in those at higher risk is imperative,” said Ruth Chisholm, GRMC Registered Dietitian. “With the right advice and support people at increased risk can take simple but significant steps to prevent the disease.”
The course focuses on people whose blood sugars are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be diabetic. Program participants must have one of the following diabetes indicators: an A1C (blood sugar) value between 5.7 and 6.4, a history of gestational diabetes, or a score of 9 or higher on a pre-test for diabetes.
Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being 45 years or older, being overweight, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, being physically active less than 3 times a week, and having a history of gestational diabetes. Certain races and ethnicities also have increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  An informational session will be held on Tuesday, October 17th, prior to the start of the next “Prevent Type 2” session. To register, contact Mitzi Wiltison, RN, CDE, at 301-533-4271 or Ruth Chisholm, RDN, LDN, at 301-533-4010. You can assess your risk at


Garrett County Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize
For Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognizes Garrett County, Maryland for its progressive, cohesive approach to community health
Garrett County, MD, is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives. Garrett is the first community in Maryland to receive this coveted award.
Garrett County is being recognized nationally for pursuing innovative ideas and bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health. Chosen from more than 200 applicant communities across the country, Garrett County’s award winning efforts include the Community Action Committee’s 2-Generation Program, Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Well Patient Program, and the Garrett County Health Department’s, a state-of-the-art portal enabling people throughout the community to participate in discussions about health, work, education, and more.
“We are very proud to have been chosen to receive this prize,” says Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center. “Garrett County has a collaborative spirit that permeates our response to the challenges we face. When we look at what needs to be done, or what we’d like to see happen, everyone comes to the table to help figure out the best approach. That really defines how we look at health – at the hospital, we rely on our partners in the community to inform our strategic planning to help make sure our patients are getting the comprehensive support they need. That collaborative essence sets our community apart.”
“For the past five years, RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities have inspired hope across the country. We welcome these new eight Prize communities who are forging partnerships to improve health for their residents,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “There are now 35 prize-winning communities across the country that are thinking big, building on their strengths, and engaging residents as equal partners to tackle the problems that they see.”
United States Senator Chris Van Hollen noted that the prize acknowledges what has been the case in Garrett County for a number of years.
“Congratulations to Garrett County on this exciting news,” Senator Van Hollen stated. “This award recognizes on a national level what the families in Garrett County already know – they have access to great health and community services. Access to health care in our rural communities is central to the success of our health care system, and is something I will continue to fight for.”
Garrett County will receive a $25,000 cash prize, joining a network of Prize-winning communities that have their inspiring accomplishments shared throughout the nation. The other seven winning communities are: Algoma, Wisconsin; Allen County, Kansas; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; San Pablo, California, Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
To become an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, Garrett County had to demonstrate how it excelled in the following six criteria:
·         Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
·         Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
·         Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
·         Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
·         Securing and making the most of available resources.
·         Measuring and sharing progress and results.
“This prize comes as recognition of the fact that Garrett County thinks beyond the obvious,” notes Bob Stephens, Garrett County Health Officer. “When we have challenges here, we look at how the community can respond, using our available resources. And when we have challenges that our resources can’t necessarily address, we look at how to develop the resources we need. It’s very gratifying to be named a Culture of Health Prize winner.”
Garrett County will join this year’s other Prize winning communities at the Culture of Health Prize Celebration and Learning Event at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey on October 11-12.  
Learn more about Garrett County’s work, as well as this year’s other Prize winners through a collection videos, photos, and more at


Loar Auxiliary hits million dollar mark

The Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Loar Auxiliary celebrated the milestone of $1 million dollars raised to benefit GRMC medical services at an event held at the hospital recently.

The Auxiliary operates the Loar Gift Shop, which is located in the hospital’s lobby and sells boutique items ranging from fashionable clothing lines to cards, flowers, and snack foods for staff and visitors.

Since its inception in 1951, the Loar Auxiliary has dedicated its work to supporting and improving access to health care at Garrett Regional Medical Center. Currently, the Auxiliary consists of 21 members, who operate the gift shop seven days a week.

“This is a celebration of the Loar Auxiliary donating one million dollars to Garrett Regional Medical Center, but it is also a celebration of the community’s support of our efforts,” said Molly Hartung, Loar Auxiliary’s president. “That’s who has purchased all of the items that, in turn, allowed us to do so much for Garrett Regional Medical Center. The Loar Auxiliary cares deeply about this hospital and the care provided here. We’re very happy to be part of making sure the people of our community have the care they need.”

The event drew luminaries from the Garrett County community, including Senator George Edwards; County Commissioners Larry Tichnell, Paul Edwards, and Jim Hinebaugh; and GRMC Foundation President Bill Grant. Numerous hospital employees also attended, many scheduling their lunch hour to coincide with the celebration.

“The Loar Auxiliary has a rich tradition of giving back to the community,” noted GRMC President and CEO Mark Boucot. “I am truly humbled by the members of the Loar organization and everything they do for us. They carry a great variety of merchandise, and it’s of the highest quality. Because the gift shop is so well run they’ve been able to support the purchase of an amazing amount of equipment as well as the development of new medical services. We are truly blessed to have them.”

The medical equipment the group has donated is a long list, and includes a CT scanner, surgical microscope, and laboratory microscope. They also provided funding in support of the hospital’s WVU Cancer Institute James and Shirley Bailey Cancer Care Center and the Wound Care Center.

“The mission of our hospital states that we treat our patients like members of our own family – the Loar Auxiliary truly exemplifies that,” said Kendra Thayer, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care. “The support they have given us in bringing new and expanded services to the people of our region is extraordinary – it’s really too much to list. Congratulations – we are lucky to have you.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Loar Auxiliary should contact Jessica Lucas, GRMC Volunteer Coordinator, at 301-533-4173.

Tenth Annual Festival of Trees - Nov 24 & 25

The Tenth Annual Festival of Trees will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on November 24 and 25. Start your day with Breakfast with Santa on either Friday or Saturday for either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. and have a professional photo taken with Santa in his sleigh, then decorate your own cookie at Santa’s Bakery. Spend as much time as you want with the many free kids’ activities and the try out the Lego robotics.  Be sure shop for your friends and family for only $1 per item at the Elfenheim Mall.   Don’t miss a visit with our numerous vendors for mostly hand-made unique gifts for family, friends and YOURSELF.  (Pay vendors directly.)  And Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, sponsored by Sorrellee’s Pizza, is open all day until 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday – Very reasonably priced and tasty food for the entire family.  You will also enjoy our new BUY ME NOW tables of holiday items instead of the usual silent auction.  No waiting!  Treat yourself to a $3 sundae you make yourself, sponsored by the fabulous Lakeside Creamery.

General Admission is $5 per person and Breakfast is $10 per person ($5 admission is included).  You can pay for tickets in advance online or pay at the admissions area. We accept credit cards and cash.
Hours on Friday are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Hours on Saturday for all activities and vendors are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while we set up for the live auction. Saturday at 4 p.m. we have live entertainment for you, at 5 p.m. a cash bar will open; 5:30 p.m. will feature complimentary food for auction bidders only, and at 6 p.m. the bidding begins the exciting live auction.  (Please be sure you have your bid number to receive complimentary foods sponsored by Dutch’s at Silver Tree!)

Everyone will enjoy admiring all the designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other creative holiday creations to be bid on at our 6 p.m. LIVE AUCTION on Saturday evening.  All proceeds benefit Dove Center.
Visit for details, and Designer Agreements for Trees, Wreaths, Centerpieces.
Agreement must be received to be printed in our program for visitors no later than October 31st.


Art Museum Bus Tour Planned

An all inclusive trip is planned to visit the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts located in Hagerstown, Maryland on Wednesday, September 27.  Garrett County Arts Council is the organizer of the trip that will provide attendees a guided tour of the facility that houses an extraordinary collection.

Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of the four-state region, the Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States.  The museum's collection includes over 6,500 works of art in the fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region.  MFA also has an enduring commitment to arts education and the support of regional artists.

Several special exhibits will be of particular interest.  Eudora Welty:  Southern Narratives is currently on display in the museum's Bowman Gallery.  One of America's best known writers, Eudora Welty (1909-2001) captured the people and spirit of the American South, in both words and images.  While employed as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Welty took photographs in her free time.  Direct and often poignant, these photos illustrate the life of the rural poor in the South and the effects of the Great Depression.  This exhibition of photographs is on loan from the Knoxville Museum of Art.

In addition to the Welty exhibit, a collection of WPA era prints, on loan from the U.S. General Services Administration, may be viewed in the Baer Gallery.  And concluding the celebration of the 85 years of the Art Education programs at MFA, The Art of Life is a collection celebrating the significant role that art education has played at the museum - one of the mandates established by Anna and Brugh Singer and William H. Singer, Jr., in their founding documents for the museum.  Museum art instructors and their students' work is showcased in this juried display.

The GCAC tour begins with motor coach pick-up in the Oakland Town Parking Lot at 8:00am.  A second pick-up will take place at the Grantsville Town Hall at 8:45am.  Upon arrival in Hagerstown, the group will enjoy a full lunch at Maloos at Park Circle.  During lunch, representatives from the Museum of Fine Arts, the City of Hagerstown, and the Washington County Arts Council will briefly address the group.

Following lunch, participants may enjoy a short walk on a portion of the newly opened Hagerstown Cultural Trail.  This trial connects the City Park and MFA to the downtown Arts and Entertainment District.  Several public art installments will be viewed including the spectacular Mural of Unusual Size.  The Cultural Trial is part of the Community's City Center Plan, a 10-year project for Hagerstown's downtown development and revitalization.

From the trail, the bus will drop participants at MFA where they will enjoy a guided tour with the knowledgeable docents.  After the tour, free time is allocated for exploring the museum's displays and gift shop at leisure.  The motor coach will return to Garrett County between 5:00 and 6:00pm.

Registration can be made by calling the Arts Council at 301-334-6580he  or stopping at The Gallery Shop, 108 S. Second Street in Oakland.  Cost for GCAC members is $ 75 and non-members will pay $85. Deadline to register is Friday, September 22. 

Leadership Garrett County Now Accepting Applications for Second Class
Organizers of Leadership Garrett County, now entering the second year, recently announced that applications are now being accepted for this year’s program. The program is developed and managed by Garrett College in partnership with the Garrett County Department of Economic Development. Leadership Garrett County is open to anyone, but organizers are looking for those members of the community that have shown promise as potential future leaders.
Final preparations for this year’s program are well underway. Leadership Garrett County will consist of six sessions, over the next seven months.  The first class will begin on October 11th, and the class will conclude in May.  For best consideration, all applicants are encouraged to apply by September 21, 2017, although all applications from individuals and sponsoring organizations will continue to be accepted through October 5.
The goal is to build a diverse class of about 20 emerging leaders from the non-profit, for-profit and government sectors of the local economy. Members of the leadership class will learn, experience, and bond together over the next seven months and hopefully well into the future.
The Leadership Garrett County class will meet once a month for a full day, with lectures on leadership from certified local trainers. In addition to program content on leadership, each month’s class will include visits to key Garrett County institutions in the arts, education, government, social services, etc. Each class will also include meetings with county leaders and discussions with those leaders and others.  Graduates of the seven month program will emerge as more informed, connected and effective managers, leaders and citizens, and will, together with future classes, help ensure a bright future for Garrett County.
One of the positive attributes of the Garrett County program in addition to its combined classroom and experiential learning format is the low price of tuition, compared to other leadership programs across the state. With only a $25 application fee and tuition of $395 for the program, Garrett’s is the lowest priced program in the state.  Limited scholarships are available.
The value-proposition of the program appears to have been well received from last year’s inaugural class, with members representing a variety of non-profit, governmental, educational and business organizations.
Any organization wishing to sponsor an employee, or any individual wishing to apply, or inquire about a scholarship for the program should contact Connie Meyers, Director of Professional Development and Contract Training at Garrett College, at 301-387-3084 or

Sue McQuaid to Lead Yoga and Mindfulness at the Oakland Library
The Oakland Library will hold a “Yoga and Mindfulness” program on Monday, September 25, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with yoga instructor Sue McQuaid, who has been certified for 10 years in both Hatha and Adaptive Yoga. She currently teaches at Flowery Vale on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is mandatory for this free program and spaces are limited to 20 due to the size of the room. To sign up, contact Susanne Kight at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or
This program focuses on centering oneself and being in the present. Participants must bring their own yoga mat and pencil and paper. Music will be provided by the instructor.
A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is available on the website at Follow the library on Facebook at

Garrett College welcomes new faculty
Garrett College’s 2017-18 faculty will include three new additions that President Richard Midcap said “strengthen what was already an impressive group of talented, committed professionals.”
David Erbe (associate professor of adventure sports), John Taylor (assistant professor of education), and Anna James (assistant professor of English) all officially joined the faculty last week. Each indicated there were many things that drew them to Garrett College.
“I like the small class sizes, as well as the opportunity to work closely with my colleagues,” said Dr. Taylor, who had been professor of health and special education at Glenville (W.Va.) State College since 1999.  “Working at a community college also gives me more opportunity to focus on my classes which is really the goal of providing a quality education to our students.”   
Dr. Taylor also has experience as a special education teacher in both Preston and Marion counties, and has also taught at Frostburg State University, West Virginia University and Potomac State College.  Dr. Taylor – who earned all five of his collegiate degrees, including a doctorate in education, from West Virginia University – indicated keeping in mind why teachers teach is critical.
“We should never lose focus on our students,” said Dr. Taylor, who will also serve as the college’s program assistant in arts and humanities.  “Seeing a student learn, grow and mature over the time I work with them is such a rewarding experience.”
James said the first thing that attracted her to Garrett was the values statement on the college’s website.
“In particular were the three phrases ‘encouraging a culture of appreciation for the power of knowledge, creating opportunities to reveal brilliance, promoting ageless, life-long learning,’ ” said James, who spent the previous seven years on the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College faculty.
“I was also drawn by “recognizing diversity, fostering a sense of belonging, and fostering innovation and creativity,” added James, who also served as an adjunct instructor of English at Present Bridge Valley Community and Technical College.  “What dynamic and vibrant language pertaining to values that was close to my own heart.  I thought immediately:  I want to be a part of Garrett College.” 
James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations from Eastern (Pa.) University, where she won the Senior Thesis Award for Communications, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Queens (N.C.) University.
Like Dr. Taylor, James is drawn to community college education.
“I have a heart for the types of students that community colleges serve,” said James.  “Because class sizes are small, there’s more of an interpersonal relationship between faculty and students, and I have a real opportunity to impact student lives.”
Erbe recently served as a field instructor for Colorado Outward Bound School in Moab, Utah.  He earned a Master of Arts in College Student Development in the area of college outdoor program administration from Appalachian State University in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and technology from the University of Maryland.
Erbe said he is excited to be joining one of Garrett College’s signature programs, which he said has value beyond its specific academic training.
“Through leadership and group experiences in the outdoors, students learn about their strengths and weaknesses, which is knowledge that can be applied to other areas of their lives,” said Erbe.  “Students develop their understanding of who they are and are better prepared to step up to the challenges they will face in life.”
In addition to his field instructor experience, Erbe spent two academic years as a graduate assistant in the outdoor program at Appalachian State, and was also a teaching assistant in recreation management at ASU.
Pictured is Anna James, assistant professor of English, with Dr. John Taylor, assistant professor of education. At the time of the photo, David Eribe, associate professor of adventure sports (not pictured), was in the field instructing students enrolled in the Back Country Living course.

Wiggle it… just a little bit!
For Cindy’s Fund and Bentley Blythe

One of our local families needs our help as they struggle to deal with the recent diagnosis of cancer in their four year old son.  Bentley Blythe, son of Brandi and Matt Blythe, who was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor and is being treated at St. Judes in Memphis, Tennessee.
Because Brenda at Brenda’s Body Shop and her dance members have been hit hard emotionally by the struggle their friend Brooklyn (Bentley’s sister) and her family are going through, they will be hosting an event called “wiggle it...just a little bit” and will be performing with pool noodles at area events and at the Autumn Glory parade.  Half noodles will be sold at various locations and businesses around town.  The noodles have labels where people can write a name in memory/honor of a special cancer victim. They are asking people to purchase a noodle, write a name on it and wiggle it for Bentley during the Autumn Glory parade. 
We are asking local businesses to purchase a bag of 20 noodles for a donation of $100.  The business can then give the noodles away to their customers, or sell them for $5 a piece, which they can keep or donate back to Cindy’s Fund.  All monies raised will be given to Cindy’s Fund.  They will dispense the funds to meet the expenses of the Blythe family and all Garrett County people with cancer.  We hope you will join us as we team together to help this family. Contact Sandy Bell at


Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.  This year’s Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours are sponsored by Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub and Noonan and Noonan, LLC.Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, heritage sites and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friend’s Store, Friend Family Association Museum, Barn Quilts, Friendsville Interactive History Tour, Mercy Chapel at Mill Run, Maryland Scenic Byways and Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub.  The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Savage River Reservoir, Bloomington Viaduct, Melvin Brown Botanical Gardens, Noonan and Noonan, LLC and Maryland Scenic Byways.
“We anticipate that this year’s foliage will be spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”
Both tours are available online at or stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s). Garrett County’s fall foliage begins in late September and peaks in mid-October. For more information, please call the Maryland Fall Foliage Hotline at 1.800.LEAVES1.  
In 2016, selected Garrett County as one of the 17 places in the U.S. to see spectacular Fall Foliage and Southern Living highlighted Garrett County’s fall foliage as the best place in Maryland to view autumn leaves. In 2015 and 2016, Good Housekeeping listed Oakland as one of 50 Small Towns Across America With The Most Beautiful Fall Foliage. Also, from 2015 - 2017, USA Today featured Grantsville and the Autumn Glory Festival as part of their 50 state road trip: Scenic Drives around the USA. In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival. has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 - 2014.
For more information on the detailed tour routes, accommodations, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto  or call 888.387.5237.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.  As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.

Applications for Honorary Golden Ambassador Applications Accepted

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is once again seeking nominations from Chamber members for Honorary Golden Ambassador. The person earning this honorary title has contributed to tourism in Garrett County. Only in-county Chamber members may nominate fellow in-county Chamber members for this prestigious title. 
If you are interested in nominating someone for this distinction, please complete the attached form and return your completed form to me via email at, fax at 301.334.8073 or drop off your completed nomination to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce located at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by 5 pm on Friday, September 8th.
Previous winners of this award can be viewed at
The 2017 Golden Ambassador will be announced during the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 11 at the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. Clear Mountain Bank is the sponsor of the annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception and Premier Power Solutions, LLC and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are the Kick-Off Reception Entertainment sponsors.

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland Continues To Experience Record Increases in Tourism
Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) was a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a6.1% increase in county accommodations sales, a 7.4% increase in heads on bedsand a 3.6% increase in sales tax collections. The Chamber attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth. For Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), Maryland grew sales tax revenues specific to tourism 4.1%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.8% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.0%  and restaurant sales tax code collections 3.0% while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 8.7% and restaurant sales tax code collections 5.6%.
Garrett County experienced similar increases in fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.4% in fiscal year 2016, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9%.
“Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to churn out additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber, as the Destination Marketing Organization for the County, has confidence in our marketing strategies and these stats validate that our efforts are effective and yielding strong results for our community.”
The western-most county in Maryland, Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere. Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD.

Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV To Be Grand Marshal of Garrett County Maryland’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Parade
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Autumn Glory Festival presenter, is proud to announce weather personality Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank and Trust. The parade will be held on Saturday, October 14, beginning at 1 pm in Oakland. The Grand Marshal is sponsored by the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) and the town of Oakland, Maryland, and Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Jon joined KDKA-TV in September of 1982 as co-host, along with Liz Miles, of “Evening Magazine.” In 1985, his duties expanded to include co-hosting “Pittsburgh 2 Day” with Patrice King Brown. In 1990, he was nominated for Pittsburgh’s “Man of the Year in Communications”, and has been nominated three times for Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work as a weathercaster and feature reporter. In 1984, Jon won a Golden Quill Award, as well as a National PM Magazine Award in the Outstanding Feature category, and in 1996, his hard work in the weather department paid off when he took home an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Weathercasting.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jon attended the University of Tennessee on a four-year football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater. Before joining KDKA-TV, he co-hosted “PM Magazine” at WNGE-TV in Nashville, and prior to that was a weathercaster/feature reporter at stations in Louisville, KY and in his hometown.
Jon lives in O’Hara Township with his wife, Debbie. They have two grown children, Samantha and Eric. He spends his free time working with several organizations like Make-A-Wish, the Boy Scouts of America and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Reserve (Jon is an Eagle Scout and Honorary Deputy Sheriff). Whatever time he has left is spent touring Pittsburgh highways on his motorcycle.

Grinder Pump Update

Following is some update information regarding the proposed Grinder Pump Policy Change:

Kevin Null, Garrett County Administrator has stated that "The proposed changes to the grinder pump policies have been withdrawn and will not be implemented as proposed.  However, we will continue to seek alternatives to address the grinder pump maintenance issues and encourage citizen comments and questions. The County will continue to meet with stakeholder groups to develop a policy."

Also, an email from Patrick Hudnall, Administration & Environmental Chief, Garrett County Dept. of Public Works, Utilities Division,  states that "...the Commissioners, in the August 7th Public Meeting, announced they were shelving the proposed Grinder Pump Policy Change for the immediate future. I have yet to have a chance to speak with them and/or Kevin [Kevin Null, Garrett County Administrator] to get direction on how the Department is to proceed.  Accordingly, I am holding on further discussion or response to the comments received until I have that discussion..." Mr. Hudnall goes on to say that "...response[s] to ... comments/questions...will be addressed when the County decides the correct direction for this matter..."

Technology bolsters care for new mothers, newborns at GRMC


Pictured reviewing fetal monitoring outcomes are Tony Amato, System Manager GE Centricity, RNC-OB and Charlene Bennett, Director of Obstetrical Services, RNC-OB, BSN and MSHA.

Garrett Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of WVU Medicine, now provides remote access to fetal monitoring of new mothers that enables physicians to remotely monitor their patients in the GRMC Family Centered Maternity Suite during labor and delivery.

The system in use, Centricity Perinatal, facilitates communication and patient monitoring at a level that allows physicians to use a secure tablet or smart phone to see how both the fetus and the mother are faring clinically. The system provides patient information that is ongoing, allowing medical staff to stay abreast of labor and delivery patients and stay ahead of any issues that may arise.

“This state-of-the-art technology is putting our Family Centered Maternity Suite at the forefront of keeping labor and delivery patients healthy and safe during birth and after,” says Kendra Thayer, GRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Having fetal and mother vital signs literally at their fingertips regardless of their location in the hospital allows our physicians to access patient information and respond accordingly as needed. This system provides a level of connectivity that is making a significant difference in the lives of our patients.”

The Centricity system acts to prevent problems from arising by keeping clinicians keyed into a patient’s vital statistics. Labor can be a lengthy process; the three stages of labor – early, active, and giving birth – can vary in length from a few hours to more than a day. Because of this, clinicians traditionally are in and out of the mother’s room, checking progress and monitoring both mother and fetal health stats. This new system allows for that monitoring to be done by the clinician even when that clinician is not providing direct care to that patient.

“We appreciate the support this enables us to give our patients as well as the clinical record this system creates,” notes Charlene Bennett, Family Centered Maternity Suite Charge Nurse. “It documents fetal monitoring, vital signs, and health events as they happen, along with the impact of our response as we react in real time. I think this system gives families a sense of security, and supports the fact that they are receiving the best care available. Our mission states that we treat every patient like a member of our own family, and that’s the philosophy we use as we implement new technologies and services.”

The system integrates alerts and reminders to notify clinicians of protocols, automatically fills in patient information that allows staff to avoid transcribing from hard-copy charts, and provides a record of overall department activity that can be reviewed to allow for improved approaches to care.

The Centricity Perinatal system is the latest improvement in technology at Garrett Regional Medical Center.

“We are constantly looking at how we can improve the care we provide,” says GRMC CEO Mark Boucot. “Hands-on care by physicians that the community knows and trusts is the hallmark of Garrett Regional Medical Center. The Centricity Perinatal system is the latest tool that our clinicians can use to enhance the safety and health of our newborns and new mothers.”



50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Set For October 11 – 15, 2017

Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Garrett County, Maryland celebrates the 50th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 11 – 15, 2017. The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.
Known for scenic Deep Creek Lake and Maryland’s only ski resort, Wisp Resort, Garrett County is also home to the annual Autumn Glory Festival, a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.
Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. Head to or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 11.  

Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.

The Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships, Friday at 7 p.m., features banjo and mandolin contestants of all ages competing for top honors.

On Saturday, October 14, the Grand Feature Parade begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, and bands increase the festival atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the Maryland State Fiddle Championship at 7 p.m.

Antique and Craft shows continue Sunday, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Race & Festival on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands Sundae eating contest at Lakeside Creamery.

In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of our annual Autumn Glory Festival. The has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2014 and, in 2008, the listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage. In 2013, the Travel Channel listed Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival and our two Fall Foliage Driving Tours as one of the top ten best Fall Foliage Road Trips in America. In 2016 and 2015, Good Housekeeping included our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage.

Autumn Glory also landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. For more information about the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please go to


Welding and Machining Classes to Begin in September at GC
Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College will be offering Welding and Machining classes starting in September. Both the machining and welding programs prepare students to earn an industry-recognized certification upon completion of the class.
The Welding program consists of three classes; Preparation for Welding, Welding One, and Welding Two. The Preparation for Welding class is slated to begin on September 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident, Md.
Welders are employed in almost every trade and work in a variety of locations including below ground, under water, on high-rise buildings, and bridges.  Welding classes are held one to two evenings per week, and the time to complete the program is approximately 10-12 months.  Method of instruction includes classroom time, hands-on experience in a welding shop, and independent Computer-Based Training (CBT).
At the conclusion of the Preparation for Welding class, students will be able to demonstrate standard safety procedures and earn an OSHA certification, apply basic math to prepare materials, read a welding print to prepare and complete a welding project, and identify the skills required to obtain and retain employment.  At the conclusion of Welding Two, students will be prepared to take the horizontal and vertical American Welding Society (AWS) Welding Test.  Additionally, upon completing the welding training program, students are also prepared to earn a credential through the American Welding Society.
The Manual Machining program includes four classes: Preparation for Machining, Job Planning, Bench Work and Layout, Manual Milling, and Manual Turning.  Classes are scheduled to begin on September 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Md. Machinists are employed in a variety of industries including energy, transportation, advanced manufacturing and the production of specialty products.  This training program is designed to prepare students for a career in manual machining using classroom instruction, computer based training, and extensive hands-on experience.
Machining classes are held two evenings per week, and the time to complete the machining program is generally 12-18 months. Students have the opportunity to earn credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) by completing individual classes or the entire machining program.


For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3087.


Backflow Certification Training to be held at GC Northern Outreach Center
Garrett College, in coordination with Kruger’s Training Academy, will be offering Backflow certification and re-certification courses. Both courses are scheduled for September 6 - 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville.
The purpose of this training is to fully acquaint apprentice, journey, and master plumbers with the use, operation, testing, and surveying procedures of backflow prevention in an effort to ensure that potable water does not cause the spread of communicable diseases like typhoid, infectious hepatitis, scarlet fever, polio, poliomyelitis, dysentery, etc.
This course addresses what backflow preventers are, how they are tested, how they are installed and where they are required.  Upon passing the written and practical exams the student is certified (if a licensed plumber in Maryland) as a Certified Backflow Prevention Technician.  Recertification is required every three years to keep certification current.


David Hahn from Washington, DC will be instructing the training. He has been testing backflow preventers for himself for over 30 years, and holds ASSE, TREEO, and other backflow prevention course instructing licenses, as well as Master Plumbing licenses in many jurisdictions.

For more information on this course, persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or  To register for this course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.



Vacasa Launches in Deep Creek Lake by Partnering with Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty

Vacasa, the second largest U.S. vacation rental management company, today announces its entry into the Deep Creek Lake market, partnering with Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty to manage more than 40 vacation rental homes. The real estate company will continue operating its long-term rental management, homeowner association management and real estate sales business.


“This is an exciting partnership for us,” says Patrick Kane, owner of Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. “Vacasa’s cutting-edge technology and services will enhance the management of our vacation rental inventory, allowing us to focus on our core businesses, which are sales and listings, as well as homeowner association management. This focused approach will allow both companies to continue providing best-in-class services to homeowners and guests.”


Founded in 2009 in Portland, Ore., Vacasa is a full-service vacation rental management company that has grown to operating in 16 U.S. states and 11 countries. The company’s proprietary dynamic pricing technology adjusts rates in real time daily for each property, maximizing revenue for its homeowners. The company also hires local employees in all markets, providing on-the-ground support for guests and homeowners alike.


Vacasa currently manages 107 properties in Maryland and is excited to grow its footprint in the region including Deep Creek Lake, an established drive-to tourist destination with numerous seasonal attractions.

 “Vacasa’s mission is to be in every market our guests want to visit, and this partnership gives us the opportunity to enter Deep Creek Lake, a beautiful and desirable vacation rental market,” says the company founder and CEO Eric Breon. “We are proud to add the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek vacation rental owners to the Vacasa community, and provide them with our full-service model including marketing and booking, yield management technology, and the support of local staff. Our full-service model has a track record of increased bookings and revenue.”

To learn more about Vacasa or to book a stay, please visit

About Vacasa
Vacasa is the second largest U.S. vacation rental management company with operations in 16 states as well as Europe, Africa, Central and South America, and South Africa. Leveraging industry-leading technology, Vacasa drives revenue for homeowners and provides a seamless experience for guests. Founded in 2009 and based in Portland, Oregon, Vacasa has grown to more than 1,400 employees in eight years, has been honored as the Oregon Better Business Bureau Large Business of the Year and was ranked ninth on the Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies list. For more information, visit or on Twitter @vacasarentals.


Paramedic Students at Garrett College Eligible to Sit for National Exams and Certifications;
          Entering Second Year of Program

Students enrolled in the Paramedic program at Garrett College recently completed their second semester. After completing 330 classroom hours and 175 clinical hours, these students are now eligible to sit for the EMT-Intermediate exam with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). After passing this national written and practical exam, they will be eligible to sit for the Maryland Cardiac Rescue Technician (CRTI) exam to obtain state certification.
This fall, this group of students will enter in their second year of the program to obtain their paramedic certification. This will include an additional 240 hours of classroom/simulation hours and minimum of 280 clinical hours and national and state certification tests to obtain their National Registered Paramedic (NRP) and Maryland Paramedic certifications.
Garrett College is the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) approved Advanced Life Support training center for region 1 (Allegany and Garrett counties). Students in this course currently work or volunteer with EMS companies or fire departments from Maryland and West Virginia.
The paramedic program is offered at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center located in Accident, Md. For more information on the paramedic program at Garrett College, persons may contact Doug Beitzel, Program Coordinator, at 301-387-3772 or


Ruth Enlow Library Participates in One Maryland One Book 2017
The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County invites the community to participate in this year’s One Maryland One Book project – a program designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature and participating in related events. The selected book for 2017 is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Three book discussions are planned this year: Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m. for adults at the Accident Library; Monday, October 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m. for teens at the Oakland Library; and Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. for adults at the Oakland Library.
All events are free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available at the Accident and Oakland libraries for participants. To register, contact Kim at the Accident Library (301-746-8792 or, Bonnie at the Oakland Library for the adult discussion (301-334-3996, x0117 or, or Susanne Kight for the teen discussion ((301-334-3996, x0105 or
Krista McKenzie, Library Services Supervisor of the Media Department at Frostburg State University, will facilitate the adult discussions at both Accident and Oakland. A former Instructional and Reference Librarian at Garrett College, McKenzie earned her Bachelor of Science in English, Philosophy, and Secondary Education from Frostburg State University in 2001. Several years later, she achieved her Master’s in Education and an MBA from FSU, and in 2010, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. A member of the American Library Association and the Maryland Library Association, McKenzie has presented at the local, state, and national levels and is a board member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
The Maryland Humanities’ description of this year’s OMOB selection reads, “Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.”


“Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the leading African writer of her generation,” notes Maryland Humanities. “She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and left Nigeria for the U.S. at the age of 19. Among her many accolades, Adichie was awarded a Hodder fellowship at Princeton University (2005-2006) and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2008, Ms. Adichie earned a coveted MacArthur Genius Award.


Her work is read around the world, and has been translated into over thirty languages. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize), which is the world’s top prize for female writers. Her 2013 novel Americanah has received numerous accolades, including the US National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of the Year.


Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Most notably her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the top ten most-viewed TED Talks of all time, with over five millions views. Her 2012 TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists, has started a worldwide conversation about feminism, especially after it inspired a song by Beyoncé. It was published as a book in 2014. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
Ms. Adichie is committed to assisting young aspiring writers. As one of her commitments, she leads an annual Writers Workshop in Nigeria, for which applications come from around the world.”


One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state. More information about the program and author tours is available at
Additional support for this program is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.
A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at Follow the library on Facebook at


Artist James Michaels to Give Demonstration at August Adult Coloring Event
Artist James Michaels will demonstrate color transforming techniques during the first 20 minutes of Oakland Library’s Adult Coloring meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m. The Adult Coloring program is held the 4th Wednesday of every month in Oakland, and at other times during the month at the Accident and Grantsville branches.
“You are invited to attend this free program, designed as a quiet time for adults to enjoy a relaxing activity,” said a library spokesperson. “Coloring is not just for children these days. Adult coloring books have become quite popular. A story on points out that ‘coloring has the therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus, or bring about more mindfulness. Like meditation, coloring allows the brain to switch off other thoughts and focus.’”
Participants do not need to bring supplies, as the library will provide all required items. To register for this event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 x 0105 or
Support for this event is provided by the Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.
Friendsville Library Starts World Coin Club
The Friendsville Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is starting a World Coin Club to meet monthly, beginning August 30 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Designed as a free walk-in event after school, the club is sponsored by Bob and Jennifer Pletta, who will provide all supplies. Participants will receive free world coins for their collections. For more details, contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or email
A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at Follow the library on Facebook at


Spotlight on Daniel J. Crable, MD


Daniel J. Crable, MD, a family practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, is heading the medical team providing services at Garrett Regional Medical Center’s new satellite facility located in Grantsville’s industrial park on Corporate Drive.

Dr. Crable


Originally from Barton, Maryland, Dr. Crable comes to GRMC, an affiliate of WVU Medicine, after having spent most of his career to date in a family practice in Jefferson Hills, PA. His move to Garrett County marks a return to his home region, where he will focus on meeting the medical needs of people in Garrett County and the surrounding area. Services provided include well checks, sports medicine exams, DOT physicals, and minor outpatient surgical procedures including mole removals, lipoma surgery and joint injections for bursitis and arthritis.
“Western Maryland has always been home to me,” he says. “I care about the people of this region and I share the same values many of them do. The people here are hard-working and they’re mindful of their friends, families, and neighbors. I’ve wanted to come back here for some time; to have the opportunity to return and care for the people of my home area is a true honor and privilege.”
Dr. Crable earned a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University and received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 1992. He is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Diplomats of the American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. Crable practiced in the Pittsburgh area after earning his medical degree, primarily at the Family Practice Medical Associates South in Jefferson Hills, PA. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Societies of both Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, where he was located. He served as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 1995 to 2000, and in numerous capacities at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, including Family Practice Section Chief and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He also served on Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s Bylaws Committee, Credentials Committee, and its Performance Improvement Steering Committee. He was the Medical Director at the Southwestern Nursing Center from 2012 to 2014, and was an instructor and medical advisor at Washington & Jefferson University’s Clinical Care Network prior to his move to Garrett County.
“Dr. Crable is a welcome addition to our staff – we’re very pleased that he will be serving Grantsville and the surrounding area,” notes Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “His extensive experience in family practice brings with it a wealth of knowledge and a well-honed ability to deal with patients in a caring, thoughtful manner. Those skills coupled with his expertise in providing care in a state of the art facility offers residents in the northern part of Garrett County and our overall service area the best care available. He’s a great fit with our community.”
GRMC opened Medical Associates of Grantsville, located at 32 Corporate Drive, in February of this year. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 301-895-8750.

Democrats For Garrett County: News


Democrats For Garrett County went all out for this years Garrett County Agriculture Fair. Candidates for Maryland's 6th Congressional District (ours) seeking to win John K. Delaney's vacated seat in 2018 made the Democrat booth a priority. Candidate Roger Manno has been spending a great deal of time in western Maryland meeting with regular citizens and groups to discuss issues/solutions for our district that he plans to address at the federal level.


According to Senator Manno, "the roots of most problems, in my opinion, are economic,".


Winning the $50 Visa gift card from the Garrett County Democrats Fair Booth was Mary Helen Spear, Swanton. Mrs. Spear elected to donate the gift card to the Democrat Club to help with the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival parade unit.


The next meeting for the Democrats For Garrett County will be on September 7 at 6:30pm at the Grantsville, Maryland Park, Pavilion 2. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. All are welcome to attend. For more information or to join the Garrett County Democrat Club, you may email or call Betty Pritt, president, 301-334-9339.



First United Bank & Trust Hosts 19th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice

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nited Bank & Trust will host its 19th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 in the parking lots of the Oakland Community Office at 19 S. Second Street and the Express & Operations Center at 12894 Garrett Highway, Oakland.  Items will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All proceeds from the event will benefit Hospice of Garrett County. 
Hospice helps our community by providing personal and professional care to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the county.  Carissa Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of First United Bank & Trust, commented, “One of our top priorities has always been our commitment to supporting the community and especially the charities that serve our community.”
First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  First United’s website can be located at  As of 3/31/2017, the Corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion.


Back-to-School Immunizations Offered


The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled two immunization clinics in August to help parents meet the new immunization requirements for school students.


The new requirements include: a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade students; a single dose of Tdap and a single dose of Meningococcal vaccine for all students entering 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th grade.


The clinics will be by appointment only, and will be held on from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 11 at 28 Hershberger Lane, Grantsville, and on August 17 at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland.  Tdap, Meningococcal, and Varicella vaccine will be offered free of charge regardless of the student’s insurance status. There will also be no administration fee.  Parents are asked to bring a current copy of the student’s immunization record. To schedule an appointment at either location, please call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-3111.


Gardasil® (Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccine) will also be available at these clinics for age-eligible students.  Gardasil® is recommended for both females and males to prevent certain cancers caused by HPV infection including cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers.  Gardasil® will be available at no charge for “Vaccines for Children or VFC Program” eligible students which includes persons aged 9 to 18 years of age with Medicaid, those uninsured, or those whose insurance does not pay for the vaccine.  There will be an administration fee for students eligible under the VFC Program.  Students with commercial health insurance should bring a valid insurance card so their insurance can be billed for Gardasil®.


All other school related vaccines will also be available if needed.  All insurances will be billed for the cost of vaccine(s) and administration fee(s) and VFC eligibility will be determined during the visit.


Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty Wins Guest Bartender Challenge for Animal Charity

Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, a Deep Creek Lake franchise of Coldwell Banker Global, hosted a guest bartender challenge raising $3,348 to benefit local animal charity HART for Animals.


Held on May 24 at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty (CBDCR) agents took their turn behind the bar serving up drinks with all tips benefitting HART.

Also, many on the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty team were on-hand to help bartend or offer assistance with the raffles and silent auction items. A special thanks goes to sales associate Ann Smith who was unable to make the event but made a significant personal donation.


“We are always happy to work hard to benefit our community,” said Patrick Kane, owner and broker for Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. “I’m proud of our team for winning this challenge!”