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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!”



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.
Local dignitaries, including Delegate Wendell Beitzel, spoke to welcome proprietors Brittney and Matthew Lucas and congratulate them on their budding business. Jared Jones and Leah Diehl, members of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomats committee, presented Brittney and Matthew with a First Dollar of Profit Certificate.
The White Barn at Lucas Farm is a new barn with old, vintage charm. Located on 40 acres with a picture-perfect landscape, the 4,300 square foot barn is ideal for your wedding or special event.
“It’s very exciting to have a new venue for our brides and grooms to choose for their wedding in our county. Attention to detail and beautiful styling make the White Barn at Lucas Farm a wonderful addition to our venue selection,” said Jen Durben, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Heritage Area and Group Sales Director.


Tumbarello named Garrett College Enrollment Management Director
Mike Tumbarello’s broad experience in market analysis, strategic marketing and business development – along with his extensive ties to the Garrett County business community – were all factors leading to his recent selection as Garrett College’s new director of enrollment management.
“The first step to growing enrollment is ensuring we have the right mix of academic programs to address local employment opportunities and potential students’ career goals,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president.  “That requires accurate market analysis, which is one of Mike’s key skills.  Once we know we have the right programs in place, and which programs appeal to what potential student groups, I am confident Mike can provide the leadership to effectively market those programs and recruit students.”
Midcap said Tumbarello’s nontraditional background – as an entrepreneur, private sector executive, Johns Hopkins University business faculty member, and most recently as director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - will be an effective complement to the backgrounds of the admissions team members Tumbarello will be leading.
“Our staff already has the traditional admissions and high school recruitment experience you’d expect to see in a college admissions office,” said Dr. Midcap.  “Mike brings a unique perspective and background that I think will create a strong, more diverse enrollment management team.”
“The way prospective students interact with colleges is rapidly changing,” said Tumbarello.  “And that relationship is becoming more technology-driven.  We have to make sure we are able to communicate with prospects using the latest technology while still providing the personal touch.”



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, in The Republican or by contacting Nick Sharps at the Chamber at 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 To register, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.


SHS Graduate, Lauryn Moon, Signs with Garrett College

McHenry, MD – Recent graduate of Southern Garrett High School, Lauryn Moon, recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball and softball for Garrett College. This fall, she will study mathematics and science in the associate in arts degree program at Garrett College.

She is pictured with her father, Clifford, mother, Jennifer, and brother, Will Moon.

Lauryn Moon Signs

Oakland’s Downtown Jubilee Presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, a Success - Funds Raised to Benefit Landon’s Library

A crowd of over 1,000 participants joined together for a celebration of small-town charm at the first annual Downtown Jubilee event held on Friday, July 7, 2017. The event, presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, was held throughout the streets of downtown Oakland, Maryland from 1pm to 7pm not withstanding a severe thunderstorm warning that caused several vendors to pack up early for safety reasons.

The Downtown Jubilee was a first-of-its-kind event held throughout Downtown in a music-festival style. Bands such as Mateo Monk, the Terah Crawford Band, Sarah Twigg, Day Old News, The Masons, Jason Shaw, and the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers played throughout the day on various stages. In addition, Dr. John Rathgeb, Mr. John Wilson, Mr. Neal Brooks and Mr. Patrick Lee presented history lessons in costume and/or dramatic style at the Transportation Museum.

There were exercise demonstrations, food trucks, raffles and an opportunity for attendees to shop local at many downtown Oakland businesses. The Loch Lynn Church of God and Landon’s Library each hosted a kids’ area with activities.

“For a first-time event, I think this event was a success. We had a great crowd and great feedback from attendees. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what’s possible for Oakland,” said Sarah Myers, event co-organizer and owner of Curb Appeal Marketing.

Total monies raised are still being tallied but donations to benefit Landon’s Library were gratefully accepted from attendees and were requested of for-profit vendors for their participation in the event.
“This shows what can be done when a few very dedicated people get together. All it takes is cooperation, hard work and a passion for what you do,” said Patrick Kane, Owner, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.

Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty would like to send special thanks to all of the vendor participants and attendees for a fantastic event and especially to Terah Crawford, Marketing Director, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.

About Landon’s Library
Landon's Library is an IRS approved Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to encourage the importance of books and parents' active involvement in their children's lives. It was established in the most loving memory of Landon Bryant Boal. Learn more at


GRMC Supports Lilly’s Hero’s Journey Art Project to Honor Clinical Trial Participants

Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is pleased to announce support of Eli Lilly and Company Hero’s Journey Art Project, a series of sculptures created to bring awareness to clinical research and honor clinical trial patients.

GRMC partnered with Regina Holliday, a local patient’s rights arts advocate and founder of the Medical Advocacy Mural Project, to give patients and staff at the hospital an opportunity to paint bricks to express their feelings about clinical research and trials. Ms. Holliday spent several hours at GRMC one day encouraging both patients and staff to paint a brick in support of the project. Once completed, the bricks were then sent to artist John Magnan’s studio, where they were assembled into unique sculptures along with bricks painted in other communities. The resulting sculpture will be displayed for the public to see. The first sculpture was revealed on March 10, 2017 at LiveSTRONG Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Patients and staff at GRMC were invited to paint a brick about how healthcare and especially clinical trials have affected their lives. Sarah Myers was visiting the hospital in support of a family member and took the opportunity to paint a brick in memory of her grandmother, whom she recently lost to dementia.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an art project facilitated by Garrett Regional Medical Center, and Regina. My brick was meant to represent the confusion of navigating the healthcare system as a patient but also the need for more research and trials to support dementia and Alzheimer’s research,” Myers stated.

Increasing awareness of clinical trials is crucial to ensure that science can continue to improve and bring new treatments to patients that need them. Eli Lilly is using art to bring an understanding and attention to these clinical trials and medical research.

"Art is a power tool in medicine,” said Regina Holliday, who coordinated the Lilly project locally. “It helps explain concepts, provides therapy, and it helps create public health policy.”
Garrett County’s participation has already paid off; a brick painted by GRMC Benefits Coordinator Linda Peterson was featured on the Eli Lilly website. More information about the project can be found at 

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.
Three grant applications submitted by The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area received funds. Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director said, “We had diverse applications from throughout our heritage area this year and we are excited to have three projects awarded in another round of very tough competition. More than 100 applications were submitted totaling over $5.6 million in requested funds. Garrett County received a total of $195,000 of the $2.7 million awarded. These grants will allow the recipients to create new resources and expand awareness of heritage here in Garrett County.”

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the official Management Entity for the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and provides the 1 to 1 match for the Management Grant. The Garrett County Heritage Area & Groups Director administers the Heritage Area Program and works with stakeholders by offering technical and grant assistance for heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area projects funded were:
· Highland Festival of Garrett County, Maryland, Inc. (Garrett County Celtic Festival) ($5,000) – PILOT Chautauqua Event: Celtic Roots
· Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, Maryland ($90,000) – Pedestrian Gateway
· Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area ($100,000) – Management Grant for management services of the certified heritage area with a goal to promote heritage tourism.

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.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 600 members representing every industry in the community. The mission of the Chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. The Garrett County Chamber also serves as the Destination Marketing Organization and Heritage Area Management entity for the County.

Great Ball Event Highlight of Upcoming Mountain Maker Fest

Garrett College is hosting the third annual Mountain Maker Fest on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the college’s Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) located in Accident. The program will have a smaller “footprint” and different components this year, with the focus centered on enabling and celebrating “makers” in our mountain region. The maker movement is a huge, global effort comprised of all those that make, fabricate or craft things for sale, fun or as a “do-it-yourselfer.” Makers include artists, craftspeople, techies, woodworkers, metalworkers, Lego enthusiasts, electronic designers, engineers and are represented throughout our region.

The highlight of this year’s event will be an attempt to create the largest-ever Great Ball Contraption in Garrett County (for a short video, visit All those that wish to participate, young and old, will take part in creating this hopefully record contraption made of Legos and other materials. The effort will be led by Chuck Trautwein and his team of Lego gurus and will take place in the back bay of the CTTC building.

There will also be five courses offered (some free and some with a charge, with all requiring advance registration) on-site throughout the day. One course will provide instruction and activities around basic soldering. Another will cover conductive (as in electricity) paint and art (a very innovative approach to art), while another course will cover entrepreneurial thinking for makers, artists and artisans. Two free courses will be offered to current/future volunteers for the First Lego League (FLL). These courses will cover “Rudiments of FLL” and the “Robot Challenge.”

The third component of this year’s Maker fest will be a one-hour period where various regional makers share their products and processes and answer questions. Presenters for these quick (about 10 minutes each) “show and tell” sessions include fly fishing “ties,” seed bag crafts, knitting art, and others. There will also be a few interactive maker exhibits available in the building during the day for all to experience high- and low- tech efforts. Discussion and questions are welcome and encouraged. In addition, a follow-up meet-and-greet, discussion session is planned after this year’s Mountain Maker Fest event at Smileys from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Admission to the general event is free and all ages are encouraged to attend. For additional information, persons are encouraged to visit or to register for the classes (the rest of the program is setup as a walk-in). Those wishing to participate in the adult maker “show and tell” by sharing their skills, ideas, and creations are encouraged to contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or

Director of the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex Appointed to Advisory Council for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

Steve Putnam, director of the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex, has been appointed to serve as a member of the 2017-18 Small Programs Advisory Council of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

NIRSA – a national higher education organization based in Corvallis, Oregon – has a stated mission of advocacy for the advancement of recreation, sport and wellness. As part of its mission, NIRSA provides education and developmental opportunities, generating and sharing knowledge while promoting networking and growth for its members. Founded in 1950, NIRSA currently has nearly 4,500 professional, student and business members and serves an estimated 8.1 million students.

According to the NIRSA website, the Small Programs Advisory Council was formed as a result of the Small College and Community College Task Force implemented by NIRSA in 2015. The goal of this task force was to bring the needs of staff at small programs forward as well as to evaluate current and potential resources for that section of the Association’s membership. It has also set the wheels in motion for NIRSA to expand its offerings to meet the unique needs of small program staff.

Putnam, who has been a NIRSA member since 2012, was selected for the Small Programs Advisory Council after a highly competitive nomination process. He previously earned NIRSA confirmation as a Registered Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP).
As part of the SPAC, Garrett and the CARC will host a small program/community college meeting this fall called “Face to Face”. The goal is to recruit more small programs into NIRSA and provide networking opportunities for current members.

“Steve’s appointment is a testament to the high regard in which he’s held within the national college recreation community,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president. “This is an honor for Steve as well as recognition of the work he and his staff have done in making the CARC a model aquatic and recreation facility.”

Putnam will join representatives from six other institutions – Roanoke College, St. Edwards University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Stevenson University, Texas A & M University at Galveston, and Seminole State College of Florida – on the SPAC. The council is currently working on a preconference workshop for the 2018 Annual Conference; webinar and professional development opportunities across the country; and retention and recruitment initiatives to strengthen the network of small program NIRSA members.

“I am looking forward to working with all the talented professionals on the advisory council and the opportunity to promote recreation at the small program level for NIRSA. The success at Garrett College and the CARC over the past six years is a testament of what can be done in the promotion of health, fitness, and recreation at the small program level,” stated Putnam. “We have a great staff and all the credit for this success is attributed to their hard work and dedication. This has resulted in Garrett College gaining a piece of the national spotlight in collegiate recreation.”

Putnam has served as CARC director since October 2012. He previously served as director of The Wellness Center in Tucker County, West Virginia. Putnam earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.


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 businesses.’”

Particular accomplishments noted in Nicole’s nomination included:

• Growing tourism in Garrett county by approximately 20% since 2012;
• Creating the HR Roundtable;
• Launching and implementing The Deep Creek Experience countywide brand;
• Creating the annual Business & Industry Appreciation program promoting growth and development in Garrett County; and
• Securing more than $800,000 in state and federal grant funds for Heritage Area projects

In addition, Nicole has been an active participant in chamber industry professional development at both the state and local lever, serving on the boards of the national Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), several state level associations, including the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE), and the U.S. Chamber’s Midwest Institute Board of Regents. She received her Institute for Organization Management (IOM) in 2000, and her Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation in 2004.

Each year MACCE presents an award to the chamber executive who has demonstrated outstanding success in leading his/her chamber of commerce. Criteria include employment at the current chamber for at least three years as well as documentation of proven success in overcoming challenges, in fiscal management, and in achieving the chamber’s program of work.

The Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives is a membership organization consisting of Chamber of Commerce executives, and their counterparts from similar organizations, from throughout the state of Maryland. MACCE supports the continued professional development, training, and education of its members and provides valuable networking opportunities. For more information, visit

 Garrett College Foundation Notes Scholarship Awards

The Garrett College Foundation annually presents scholarships to Garrett College students. Following are the names of scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Alyssa Bahner, a 2017 graduate of Southern High School who lives in Oakland, has been awarded the Caroline A. McNiece Scholarship. She is pursuing her studies in nursing.

Olivia Bennett, a resident of Frostburg and a 2017 graduate of Northern High School, has received the Michael Vaughn Vitez Memorial Scholarship I to pursue her studies in dental hygiene.

Collin Bucher, a resident of Clear Spring and a current student, has been awarded the Garrett College Board of Trustees Scholarship and a Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his associate of applied science degree in natural resources and wildlife technology.

Justin Hershberger, a 2017 graduate of Northern High School who resides in Kitzmiller, has received the Daniel Edward Offutt, III Achievement Award Scholarship. He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in general studies.

Samantha Cherry, a 2017 graduate of Northern High School who lives in Friendsville, has been awarded the Civic Club of Oakland: Patience W. Grant Memorial Scholarship and the Josh Fike Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate of applied science degree in natural resources and wildlife technology.

For more information on the Garrett College Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131.


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.

For questions or for more information please contact Tumbarello at 301-387-3069 or or visit for exact times and workshop prices.  

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 Awards serves to recognize Maryland Healthiest Businesses members and highlight wellness initiatives that meet all the components of the CDC’s Workplace Health Model.  Based on this criterion, GRMC was presented with the Bronze Level Award.  GRMC has taken some of the first crucial steps to establish worksite wellness practices and identify a wellness champion in its pursuit of worksite wellness practices that promote a culture of health throughout the entire organization.  

Leading the charge for positive workplace wellness practices is GRMC Benefits and Employee Wellness Coordinator Linda Peterson.  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 workers compensation claims.

“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

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

 Garrett College has received official state approval to offer an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science.

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 cycling’s 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

 School is out, vacations are booked and warm weather is right around the corner.  Because we care about your health and safety, Dr. Crable, from Medical Associates of Grantsville has put together a list of tips for a safe and happy summer.

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

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

 Patients in the Oakland, Md., region who once had to travel out of town or even out of state for heart and vascular services can now be seen close to home by experts from the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, thanks to the affiliation with 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 

End of the Line Books  Now open for 2017 Season
Most Books priced $1 or Less

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 .

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, 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 waiver request.
On January 24, 2017, the Maryland State Board of Education approved the waiver request for Garrett County Public Schools to open for pupil attendance prior to Labor Day for the 2017-2018 school year. This waiver applies to the 2017-2018 school year only and does not exempt the school system from adhering to the requirements set forth in Education Article §7-103 and Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.03.02.12 and 13A.02.01.04.
Highlights of the 2017-18 school calendar are:
Tuesday, August 22:  First day for teachers
Monday, August 28: First day of school for students.
Friday, October 13:  Schools closed for Autumn Glory
November 23-24:  Thanksgiving break
December 23-January 1:  Winter break
Monday, January 15:  Schools closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 19:  Schools closed for Presidents’ Day
March 30 and April 2: Schools closed for Easter break
Monday, May 28: Schools closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29:  Last day of school for students
Wednesday, May 30:  Last for teachers
There are 10 makeup days included in the calendar:  February 19 (with state approval), April 2 (with state approval), May 30, 31, June 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The 2017-18 school calendar can be viewed