Garrett County Receives RWJF Culture of Health
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.
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.
Garrett County Now Accepting Applications for Second Class
to Lead Yoga and Mindfulness at the Oakland Library
College welcomes new faculty
Wiggle it… just a little bit!
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.
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
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.
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County,
Maryland Continues To Experience Record Increases in Tourism
Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV To Be Grand
Marshal of Garrett County Maryland’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
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."
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.
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 travelchannel.com 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 baltimoresun.com 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, MSN.com 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 http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival
Welding and Machining Classes to Begin in September at GC
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
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.
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
Paramedic Students at Garrett
College Eligible to Sit for National Exams and Certifications;
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.
Ruth Enlow Library Participates in One
Maryland One Book 2017
“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.
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
Artist James Michaels to Give Demonstration at August Adult
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betty Pritt, president, 301-334-9339.
First United Bank & Trust Hosts 19th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice
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.
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
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!”
Fraud Scheme Detailed by Maryland State Police
On 8/4/17, the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack had learned of a
fraud scheme in Garrett County, Maryland.
Citizens are being
contacted by suspect(s) by phone in attempt to obtain personal
information. Once personal information is obtained, the suspect(s)
mail a fraudulent check to their address to be deposited. The
citizens are asked to deposit the check and mail the suspect(s) additional
money. The fraud scheme suspect(s) have sent a taxi cab to the
address provided to pick up the citizen who received the check.
The Maryland State Police is encouraging all citizens to not provide any
personal information to anyone that may be soliciting your information and
not to enter any taxi cabs you did not request.
Any additional questions contact the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for The White Barn at Lucas Farm
On Tuesday, August 1 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the
grand opening of The White Barn at Lucas Farm in Oakland, Maryland.
Tumbarello named Garrett College Enrollment Management Director
Applications Now Available for 2017 Business & Industry Appreciation
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2017 Business & Industry Appreciation program.
The purpose of the program is to recognize the economic development, job creation and investment that has occurred in our community over the last year. To ensure that all eligible businesses and industries are recognized, the Chamber is requesting that companies complete a form. All businesses and industries headquartered and/or located in Garrett County are eligible. Chamber membership is not required. The form can be found on the Chamber's website at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/Awards, in The Republican or by contacting Nick Sharps at the Chamber at email@example.com or 301-387-5237. Completed forms are due to the Chamber by close of business on August 18. Printed forms can be mailed to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry MD, 21541 or faxed to (301) 334-8073.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Garrett County Economic Development will present the 6th annual Business & Industry Appreciation on September 19, 2017 at the Chamber’s Business Before Hours in the tent at Wisp Resort. The event will include a recognition of new businesses, growing/expanding businesses, and businesses that have reached milestones for continuous operation of their business (50, 75, 100 years). Certificates and plaques will be presented to identified eligible businesses and companies. J. Thomas Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development with the University System of Maryland will be our featured speaker and will discuss economic development in Maryland. This event is sponsored by Clear Mountain Bank and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations.
Bulbs, Perennials & More for Spring Flowers to be offered at GC’s Southern Outreach Center
Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Bulbs, Perennials & More for Spring Flowers, at the College’s Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Class will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2 -4 p.m.
Ever wondered what you should plant in the fall of the year to ensure that you have a colorful display of flowers the next spring? This class will give you some ideas of bulbs, perennials, and more, including guidance for dividing perennials and other fun fall chores.
The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who received her Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from West Virginia University and an associate 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 persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.
Lauryn Moon, Signs with Garrett College
Downtown Jubilee Presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, a Success
- Funds Raised to Benefit Landon’s Library
GRMC Supports Lilly’s Hero’s Journey Art
Project to Honor Clinical Trial Participants
Maryland Heritage Area Grants to Boost Cultural Heritage Tourism in Garrett County: Projects Receive Funds from Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Program
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state
heritage organization, awarded 50 matching grants totaling nearly $2.7
million to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions and
tourism groups. The grants fund historic preservation, natural resource
protection and educational programs in 13 state-designated Heritage Areas.
By supporting capital projects and educational activities, the grants
spawn renewed interest in Maryland culture from residents and visitors,
boosting tourism-related jobs.
Event Highlight of Upcoming Mountain Maker Fest
the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex Appointed to Advisory Council
for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
MACCE Announces Christian as Chamber Executive of the Year
The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce
Executives (MACCE) has announced that Nicole Christian, IOM, CCE,
President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, has been
selected as the 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year. “Nicole was selected
as MACCE’s 2016 Chamber Executive of the Year because of her many notable
accomplishments on behalf of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce,” said
Paul Frey, MACCE president. Frey also noted, “Nicole’s nomination
submission emphasized her ‘… dedication to the advancement of business
opportunities to the more than 600 members as well as Garrett County
College Foundation Notes Scholarship Awards
Third Annual Mountain Maker Fest Planned for August 12 in Accident
Plans are underway for the third annual Mountain Maker Fest to be held at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident in August. The focus of this year’s event, which is free to all, is on education, sharing of maker products, experiences and fun.
All citizens, visitors and groups are invited to attend this free event and experience, learn and participate in the maker movement. Makers are those in the community that create, invent or make things, either low-tech or high-tech, for fun, profit or as part of a do-it-yourself project. If you make art, electronic components, crafts, jewelry or products for sale, you are a maker.
One new component of this year’s event will involve all in attendance in creating the largest- ever Great Ball Contraption (GBC) in Garrett County history! Perhaps best understood by watching a video on You Tube, GBCs involve a series of channels and mechanisms with little balls that are made to travel up, down and around. This part of the program will be run by Chuck Trautwein and will involve Lego blocks, gears and other components. The goal is to not only set a record but to involve participants of all ages in building the GBC set-up and hence to provide training and experience in Lego construction and the underlying concepts.
There will also be a variety of free and low-cost workshops this year, including sessions on art design, soldering, entrepreneurial thinking (many makers sell or want to sell their products), as well as a Lego programming class and a mentoring class for First Lego league volunteers.
“This year’s event will be more concentrated and focused, with its goals still being interaction, knowledge sharing, competency building and fun for all ages. While the event itself will have a smaller “footprint,” we really do hope to bring all in the community together to share their “products,” as well as learn about and experience the maker movement” stated Mike Tumbarello, program co-director and director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
GRMC receives Maryland Wellness at Work Award
Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, has been recognized by The Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Program for its commitment to improving employee health and well being.
Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB) is a collaborative of Maryland businesses with a shared mission of improving health through worksite wellness efforts. The goals of Healthiest Maryland Businesses are to raise awareness about the importance of sustaining a healthy workforce, recruit leaders who are champions of healthy workplace practices and policies, assist businesses with worksite wellness programs, and recognize businesses for their commitment and success.
The Wellness at Work
the charge for positive workplace wellness practices is GRMC Benefits and
Employee Wellness Coordinator
Peterson notes that while employers have
a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, they also have abundant
opportunities to promote individual health and cultivate a healthy work
environment. By using effective workplace wellness programs companies can
reduce health risks and improve the quality of life which can positively
affect direct costs, such as insurance premiums and worker
“I am very happy for Garrett Regional Medical Center to be recognized by Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work with the Bronze Award,” said Peterson. “Garrett Regional Medical Center and our employee wellness program, Better Health for a Better You, are committed to promoting a culture of wellness in our workplace and improve the quality of life of our employees. I believe it is important to try different strategies, programs and avenues of outreach to encourage our employees to engage in improving their health. While every outreach is not successful, I believe there are no failures. Those that aren’t successful are learning opportunities for moving forward.”
Pickleball July 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 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on July 3. 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 www.gccarc.com.
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.
Garrett College receives state approval for computer science degree
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) recently approved the new program, which the college will be able to immediately implement. The program was created in response to discussions with Garrett County Public Schools regarding the need for a program for GCPS graduates interested in computer science.
The program is intended for students interested in going on to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in computer science. College officials said the next step will be to formally articulate the two-year program with those offered at four-year institutions, starting with Frostburg State University.
“Frostburg is a highly respected university and our primary transfer partner,” noted Dr. Qing Yuan, Garrett College’s dean for academic affairs, who developed the program along with Professor Richard Lewis. “This program will provide western Maryland students with a computer science education option that can transition right into any of FSU’s B.S. computer programs.”
Dr. Yuan said the degree addresses a field with strong projected growth both statewide and nationally.
GRMC Doctor Exemplifies Healthy Lifestyle
Cycling is an outdoor sport that has a lot of enthusiasts in Garrett County and the surrounding area. Evidence can be seen in the annual Gran Fondo, which attracts a vast number of cyclists to Garrett County every year. Participants consist not only of Garrett County residents, but also riders from across the nation and abroad.
The health benefits of
cycling are well documented, as local Garrett Regional Medical Center
physician Thomas Johnson, M.D., can attest.
Not only can Dr. Johnson speak to
benefits as a physician, but as a local cycling
enthusiast who will be participating in the Gran Fondo scheduled to take
place this weekend.
“There’s no stronger medicine than exercise,” Dr. Johnson says. “Exercise is medicine and the best exercise is whatever you do routinely. No matter what it is, if you do it habitually it’s good for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, joints, and weight - there are no negatives.”
Dr. Johnson cycles an average of 18 miles a day; however, for the ride this weekend he will complete 62 miles over an elevation change of 8,000 feet. And he’ll be joined by over 1000 riders. Garrett County boasts some of the most superb and challenging cycling in the United States and the Garrett County Gran Fondo is known throughout the cycling community for the challenge and quality of the ride as well as the picturesque mountain scenery.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo is a great ride for all cyclists, from recreational riders to the most experienced. The event consists of five supported ride options, from a beautiful “Garrett’s Greatest” 25 mile ride over a 3 mile climb to the “Diabolical Double,” the day’s feature event. The Diabolical Double is 125 miles long and includes 16,500 feet of climbing; Dr. Johnson completed this option twice. The Gran Fondo’s various options are based on cycling experience and provide the opportunity for every cyclist to feel successful.
An important aspect of the Gran Fondo is the fact that it’s not a race, but instead an organized ride that makes each cyclist’s individual goal the focal point.
“I like to have a goal in mind to prepare for so I can train accordingly,” notes Dr. Johnson. “To have done the ‘Diabolical Double’ is like a feather in the cap - you’re pushing yourself to your limits on that ride. Just to finish it is great, but to beat your personal best time is even better. And that’s the great thing about cycling and about exercise in general – you can approach it in the way that works for you.”
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces Board and Officers
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Board of Directors and Officers.
The 2017/2018 Chamber Board of Directors includes Merlin Beitzel of Beitzel Corporation, Tim Bender of Byco Corporation, Mark Boucot of Garrett Regional Medical Center, Brian Branthoover of Halian & Associates Landscapes, Linda Carr of CLS Ventures, Inc.—The Lake-Front Magazine, Laura Fike of Garrett Mentors, Inc., Chris Fredlock of C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., Steve Green of High Mountain Sports, Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Lisa Ratliff of Wisp Resort, Phil Rodeheaver of My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, Jan Russell of Savage River Lodge and Steve Weeks of Simon Pearce. The Chamber Board of Directors was elected by the Chamber membership.
The 2017/2018 Board Officers were elected by the Chamber Board of Directors. The Board Officers are Jan Russell, Chair; Tim Bender, Vice Chair; Phil Rodeheaver, Treasurer; and Laura Fike, Secretary.
At the Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner last night, the Chamber thanked outgoing Board Chair, and retiring Board Member, Shane Grady of Boal & Associates, P.C. for his leadership of the Chamber for the past year. Retiring Board members, Jim Bailey of GCC Technologies and Judy Devlin of the Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine were also thanked for their service to the Chamber.
The 2017 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by 20th Anniversary Sponsor: GCC Technologies, LLC, Gold Sponsors: Clear Mountain Bank, Mountain Laurel Medical Center and Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Silver Sponsors: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Phenix Technologies, Inc., Rob Michael, State Farm Insurance Agent and Salt & Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery.
The Chamber’s fiscal year begins July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018.
Summer Safety Tips from GRMC Medical Associates of Grantsville
Stay hydrated- Being hydrated is essential for good health and consuming water is necessary to keep a body functioning properly. This is especially important in the summer months when our bodies require an intake of more water to counteract the effects of warmer weather and higher humidity. It is recommended to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. To avoid dehydration be aware of the heat and temperature and modify your summer activities appropriately.
Sun Safety and Protection- It’s natural to want to get out and enjoy the sun during warm summer days, but it should also be a priority to take steps to protect your skin from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other sources like tanning beds are the #1 cause of skin cancer. Avoid consequences of overexposure to the sun like sunburns, premature again of the skin and damage to the eyes by practicing proper sun protection. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing proper clothing, a wide –brimmed hat and sunglasses and limiting direct exposure to the sun are some tips to stay sun safe.
Summer Insect Safety- The warmer temperatures of summer mean more outdoor family time, but warmer temperatures are just as appealing to insects. Most insect bites in the Garrett County area are irritating but otherwise harmless; however, some insects can transmit viruses and diseases. Ticks are also very prevalent in the area and can transmit Lyme disease, which can be treated if recognized early. To prevent bugs from biting avoid perfumes and scented soaps that can attract some insects, stay away from stagnant water and heavily wooded areas, dress appropriately if you plan to be in a wooded or grassy areas, and be conscious of the DEET concentrations that are used in insect repellants.
Outdoor Activity Safety- Children love playing outside in the summer time and the Garrett Region offers unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. At the playground make sure that all equipment has been carefully maintained, that children can’t reach any moving parts that may pinch or trap them and always supervise children on playground equipment. To ensure bicycle safety a helmet should be worn at all times and should fit properly and be securely fastened.
Finally, it’s recommended to always keep a first aid kit handy. For a list of first aid kit contents from the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.
And for those problems the first aid kit can’t handle, Dr. Crable and the staff at Medical Associates of Grantsville Urgent Care are able to provide excellent, patient-centered care at the state-of-the-art urgent care center seven days a week. The office can be reached at 301-895-8750, or visit us at 32 Corporate Drive, Grantsville, MD. Walk-ins are welcome.
Nancy Railey Announced as 2017 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner
The winner of the 2017 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner held Thursday, June 8 in the Agriculture Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winner, Nancy Railey of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations and Railey Design Center.
After graduating from Garrett College, Nancy Railey planted roots and began a family in Garrett County in the 1980s. Nancy took $300, and an idea for renting family cabins, and turned it into a family business that later became Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, one of the largest vacation rental companies in Garrett County.
Nancy became sole owner of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations in 2007. Serving over 90,000 guests through their doors each year, and employing thousands of people over the years, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations has provided over $40 million dollars to the county over 35 years of service. And Nancy has not stopped innovating or growing her hospitality brand. She also created a property services division of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, expanded from vacation homes to the property management of two lakefront condo hotels - the Suites at Silver Tree and Will o’the Wisp Resort - and founded the Railey Design Center, specializing in interior design for vacation rental and second homes.
Nancy and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations sponsor numerous events in the county each year including the annual Autumn Glory Festival, Fire on the Mountain July 4th Fireworks Display, the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and the Savageman Triathlon, among others.
Along with sponsoring events, Nancy has also led to the creation of one of the area’s most successful events, the Garrett County Gran Fondo. She single-handedly convinced Greg Safko to create the Garrett County Gran Fondo and was a founding volunteer on the planning committee. Now a successful fundraising event managed by Garrett Trails, the Garrett County Gran Fondo brings thousands of racers to the area in June with the proceeds benefitting the area’s hiking and biking trails.
Nancy has served on the board of Adventure Sports Center International and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and on the committees for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and Chamber’s Marketing Roundtable. Nancy supports local charities and causes year after year, including the Garrett County Humane Society and HART for Animals. Nancy’s innovation, leadership and investments have helped to drive the tourism industry in Garrett County.
“I am very excited to see Nancy receive the 2017 Heise Award and be recognized for her business achievements,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “Nancy is the embodiment of entrepreneurship. Her perseverance and determination, combined with her devotion to this community, are the bases for Nancy’s success. And we are fortunate that Nancy has parlayed that success into numerous contributions to our community. Congratulations Nancy and thank you.”
The Heise award criteria states eligible nominees are “business owners including partners/families that originated, developed, and/or significantly expanded their business.”
Additional criteria for this award includes: having a willingness to take risks with the possibility of losing all, being involved in the community, having high ethical standards, being a member of the Chamber of Commerce and having demonstrated leadership (through one or more of the following):
· By overcoming a formidable problem that threatened the business’s existence
· By showing business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful or overlooked opportunity that makes important contributions to Garrett County’s business environment
· Through substantive community impact
The Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee, comprised of previous winners, recommends finalists and a winner to the Chamber Board of Directors. The Board makes the final determination on the winner. The other nominees for 2017 were: Jim & Shirley Bailey, GCC Technologies, LLC; Don Brenneman, Beitzel Corporation; Mike Koch & Pablo Solanet, Firefly Farms; and Stuart Thayer, Jr of Sunrise Sanitation Services, Inc.
Past honorees include Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler; Bill Sisler; Olen Beitzel; Johnny Marple; Jim Flanigan, Sr.; Will and Sharon Roszell; Barry Rush; Rob Michael; Dave & Mimi Demaree; Brenda McDonnell; Bill Meagher; Michael Deligatti, Sr.; Jan Russell; Frank Vitéz; Judy Devlin; Skip and Linda Carr; Brian Branthoover and Rob Heilig.
The 2017 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by 20th Anniversary Sponsor: GCC Technologies, LLC, Gold Sponsors: Clear Mountain Bank, Mountain Laurel Medical Center and Premier Power Solutions, LLC; and Silver Sponsors: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Phenix Technologies, Inc., Rob Michael, State Farm Insurance Agent and Salt & Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery.
Brenda McDonnell Announced as 2016/2017 Chamber Volunteer of the Year
The winner of the 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 8 in the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Jan Russell, Incoming Chair of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Brenda McDonnell of Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Brenda’s Pizzeria and Traders Coffee House.
Brenda McDonnell has served on the Chamber’s Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award committee and Legislative Affairs Committee. She has also attended nearly every Chamber HR Roundtable meeting since the inception of the program in 2016.
Brenda has worked tirelessly in her fight for small businesses in Garrett County and throughout the state. She has made calls, sent emails, provided written testimony and repeatedly traveled to Annapolis where she has testified in front of committees all for the purpose of communicating the needs of small businesses to state legislators. Each time Brenda received a Call to Action from the Chamber, she promptly responded and inspired her staff, colleagues and friends to answer the call as well, teaching them how important their voice is in shaping policy and laws.
“We are delighted to present Brenda McDonnell with the Volunteer of the Year Award as a token of our appreciation for all of the hours she has spent helping the Chamber and Maryland’s small businesses,” said Shane Grady, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Chairman.
“Brenda’s dedication and commitment in supporting Garrett County’s small businesses has been extraordinary,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We thank her for all of her hard work over the past year.”
The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual member who has provided outstanding service to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for a particular program year. Brenda was selected from the more than 100 volunteers who help support the Chamber each year. 2011’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year was Bill Meagher of Lakeside Creamery, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year was Bob Carney of Long & Foster, the 2013 Volunteer of the Year was Jim Christie of Thrasher Engineering, the 2014 Volunteer of the Year was the Branding Study Advisory Committee comprised of Leigh Clarke, Emily Newman Edwards, Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Clint McCabe, Paula Yudelevit and designers, Mark & Laura Stutzman, the 2015 Volunteer of the Year was Sarena Rodeheaver of First United Bank & Trust and the 2016 Volunteer of the Year was Jeremy Bittner of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Will o’the Wisp Resort and the Suites at Silver Tree.
The 2017 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by 20th Anniversary Sponsor: GCC Technologies, LLC, Gold Sponsors: Clear Mountain Bank, Mountain Laurel Medical Center and Premier Power Solutions, LLC; and Silver Sponsors: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Phenix Technologies, Inc., Rob Michael, State Farm Insurance Agent and Salt & Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery.
Patty Manown Mash Announced as 2017 Chamber Diplomat of the Year
The winner of the 2017 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 8 in the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Jan Russell, incoming Chair of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse.
As a Chamber Diplomat, Patty attended 7 out of 10 Business After Hours, 3 out of 6 Business Before Hours, 16 out of 24 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, 4 out of 6 Diplomat meetings, and helped in the distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directories, achieving a total of 201 points.
“Patty is an exemplary ambassador of the Chamber and our community,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “Patty truly enjoys being a Diplomat and we cannot thank her enough for the time she gives and the encouragement and support she shows to the business community.”
The Diplomats act as greeters at Chamber events, deliver new member packets, deliver membership directories, participate in new member orientations, attend Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings/Ground Breakings and present First Dollar of Profit certificates to new businesses.
The Diplomat must be employed by a Chamber Member or the owner of a member business, must have been a chamber member for at least one year and employed with their business for at least 6 months.
The Diplomat of the Year is determined through a points system given for membership packet distribution, Business After Hours Attendance, Business Before Hours Attendance, Diplomat meeting attendance, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Grand Opening & First Dollar of Profit Presentation Attendance, Recruiting New Members and Distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directory.
This is the second consecutive year that Patty has been honored with this award.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute expands offerings at Garrett Regional Medical Center
Recently, vascular surgeon Pamela Zimmerman, M.D., associate professor of surgery and director of the noninvasive vascular laboratory at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, joined the roster of providers traveling to Oakland to see patients, and later this summer, Ghulam Abbas, M.D., chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and director of surgical thoracic oncology at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer, will join as well.
Last September, Luke Marone, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, and Jonathan Lanham, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, began seeing patients at the clinic, located at 13079 Garrett Highway in Oakland.
“We are very pleased with the partnership we established with the outstanding physicians at Garrett Regional Medical Center last year, and we are honored that the demand has been such that it has required the expansion of our offered services in Oakland,” Vinay Badhwar, M.D., executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said. “We look forward to further growing this partnership and continuing to provide the Garrett region of Western Maryland with unprecedented access to advanced heart and vascular therapies.”
Vascular surgeons treat conditions of poor circulation in the blood vessels, assisting with inadequate blood flow problems of the veins and arteries in all parts of the body, except the brain and the heart. Some of the conditions a vascular surgeon treats include abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid arterial disease, peripheral arterial disease, and varicose veins.
Dr. Zimmerman is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery. After receiving her medical degree from the East Carolina University School of Medicine, she completed a surgical residency at the State University of New York Upstate University Hospital and a vascular surgery fellowship at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York. She joined the WVU faculty in 2006.
Thoracic surgeons treat conditions of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs, including lung and esophageal cancer; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); Barrett’s esophagus; chest wall and mediastinal tumors; swallowing disorders, such as achalasia; mesothelioma; severe emphysema; hiatal hernias; and pleural diseases.
Dr. Abbas completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He subsequently obtained advanced training in minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2013, he received his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University. He is internationally recognized for robotic lung sparing surgery for lung cancer and minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. He joined the WVU faculty earlier this year.
“The affiliation with WVU Medicine has been terrific for the community. We are so pleased to have cardiology and vascular services so that people don’t have to travel for academic medical center level of services. Our new doctors are excellent,” stated Mark Boucot, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center.
The clinic is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 844-424-0411.
For more information on the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, visit www.mywvuheart.com.
End of the Line
Books Now open for 2017 Season
The End of the Line Bookstore is now open for the 2017 season. End of the Line Books is a not for profit, used bookstore located in the boxcar at the B&O Railway Station East Liberty Street in Oakland, MD. The bookstore is open now through October 7th on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM – 3 PM.
Featuring a full range of novels including current and past current fiction, classics, science fiction, mysteries and romance, End of the Line Books features something for everyone. Non-fiction books available include history, current events, economics, sports, nature, religion, psychology and self-help books as well as books on home repair, gardening, cooking and more. Children will love the great selection of chapter books, picture books, ones for beginning readers and books to help home schooling families.
You’ll also find a nice selection of reference books and some large print books. Depending on donations, the bookstore will occasionally feature audio books, CD’s, videos, DVD’s, puzzles and games. No book costs more than $1.00 and many are less.
The bookstore was started as a way to solve the problem of too little space for book donations to be sold at the local library. Originated by the recently deceased Marilyn Moors, then president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Elizabeth Huxford of the local Girl Scouts, along with former Oakland Mayor Asa McCain, End of the Line Books has been recycling books and offering them for re-sale since 2004.
Patrons will notice new signage at the bookstore for this year. In a cooperative effort between the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, the Town of Oakland and the Garrett Branch of AAUW, new signs were commissioned and produced by Deer Park Signs including a permanent sign at the end of the boxcar. New promotional literature was also produced highlighting all the historical sites in what is known as Heritage Square in downtown Oakland.
Proceeds from the bookstore go to two organizations. Girl Scout Troop 55004 serves girls from Brownies through Seniors from six schools throughout Garrett County. In an effort to serve the community, they have donated thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to local charities and soldiers overseas. Through their accomplishments they have achieved the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award. Donations from End of the Line books help fund their activities and service projects.
The Garrett branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the second recipient of funds from the bookstore. Locally, AAUW provides over $3,000 in scholarships to area women each year which can be used to purchase textbooks, pay toward tuition and more AAUW is also the sponsoring organization for the newly formed Girls Empowerment Middle School (GEMS) Project. “AAUW has been working for the past year to develop this mentoring program for middle school girls, specifically 7th graders, which we all remember as being a difficult time in our lives,” stated Linda Carr, Vice-President of AAUW and Mentoring Chairperson. The program pairs local women with middle school girls who may need a supportive woman role model in their lives. “We’ve had a wonderful response from guidance counselors and teachers, and we’re getting a good response from the community in terms of volunteer mentors, and we hope to continue growing the program into the 2017 - 2018 school year,” said Carr.
If you're looking for a good book to lose yourself in this summer, stop by End of the Line Books soon. Your purchase not only helps to recycle, every penny you spend goes to a good cause. For more information on the bookstore itself or to volunteer with any of the sponsoring organizations, contact Linda Carr at email@example.com .
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland Continues To Experience Record Increases in Tourism
2016 was a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 3.6% increase in county accommodations sales, a 7% increase in heads on beds, a 2.3% increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. The Chamber attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
And, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth. For the first six months of Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016), Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 4.6%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.2% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 5.8% while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9.5%.
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, is pleased to see that our strategies are proving effective and that our efforts are yielding strong results for our community.”
Garrett County Public Schools Calendar for 2017/18 Approved
Garrett County Public Schools has released the 2017-18 school calendar. At January’s Garrett County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted for a Pre-Labor Day start of school for students. In September, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order mandating schools to start after Labor Day in Maryland and finish by June 15. However, his Executive Order allows for school systems to request a waiver to start before Labor Day if certain stipulations are met.
A waiver request was submitted on January 17 to the Maryland State Board
of Education for approval of a Pre-Labor Day start. To be eligible for a
waiver, local Board must demonstrate that the school system has met all
requirements for at least one compelling justification and has conducted
at least one public meeting at which the waiver application was considered
and approved. The local Board has demonstrated that Garrett County Public
Schools meet the requirements for the compelling justification of
emergency school closing. Additionally, the local Board provided evidence
of having a public meeting on January 10, 2017 to consider and approve the