The Maryland Insurance Administration, a state regulatory agency, will offer a variety of consumer materials on all types of insurance products from annuities to title insurance and health, auto and homeowners insurance. Trained staff will be available in Garrett County in May to answer consumer questions at the following location:

  • May 1, 2017 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County – Oakland Branch, 6 North Second Street, Oakland, MD.
  • May 6, 2017 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and May 7 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Garrett County Fairgrounds – “Garrett County All Things Home Expo”, 270 Moser Road, McHenry, MD.

"The Maryland Insurance Administration’s primary responsibility is to protect Maryland consumers and a part of that is providing education and letting them know we are here to help," says Al Redmer, Jr., Maryland Insurance Commissioner. "In order to achieve this goal, we need to meet our consumers where they live, work and play. That's why our representatives spend so many hours meeting with residents across Maryland. Each community is different and we learn a great deal through face-to-face communication.”

A schedule of agency outreach activities and consumer materials are available on our website, www.maryland.insurance.gov as well as by request and at various community events. Follow the Maryland Insurance Administration on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDInsuranceAdmin.

About the Maryland Insurance Administration

The Maryland Insurance Administration is an independent State agency charged with regulating Maryland’s $28.5 billion insurance industry. For more information about the Insurance Administration, please visit www.maryland.insurance.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDInsuranceAdmin or Twitter at www.twitter.com/MD_Insurance.com.

The Ruth Enlow Library Welcomes New Director

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library has appointed Thomas Vose as the library’s new director, to begin on May 1, 2017. Vose graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 with a master’s’ degree in Library and Information Science and also holds a master’s in History from the University of California, Riverside. He is highly experienced in library technology, reference and circulation services, collection development, and program planning. “We are pleased to welcome our new director and his family,” said Dr. Karl Schwalm, President of the library’s Board of Trustees. “Mr. Vose comes here from Palmdale City Library (Southern California) with ten years as a professional librarian. With his guidance we are looking to modernize our facilities, offer more programs, and better work with the community to improve on unmet needs.”

A lifelong library user, Vose most recently served as the director of the Palmdale City Library, where he oversaw all aspects of library operation. He is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and the California Library Association, and has been a member of the Executive Council of the Southern California Library Cooperative since 2014.

Throughout his career, Vose has developed numerous community partnerships, both formal and informal, and he was a Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Fellow in 2016. "I look forward to working with the communities of Garrett County, the Board, and the library staff in developing a plan to ensure that the library continues to innovate as a cultural hotspot throughout the area,” said Vose. "With the support of the community, libraries can be amazing places. I'm looking forward to seeing what new partnerships we can develop!"

“I enjoy skiing, gaming, and fishing,” said Vose, “even though I almost never catch anything. And I especially enjoy reading; nonfiction subjects, especially history, are always part of my ‘to read’ pile.”

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at
www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

Pickleball May 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 May 1. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For playing times at the CARC, contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com.

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. Equipment, techniques, and rules of the games will be discussed while participants experience a new way to work out and meet new people. Tennis shoes are required but all other equipment will be included.

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


Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland Continues To Experience Record Increases in Tourism

2016 was a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 3.6% increase in county accommodations sales, a 7% increase in heads on beds, a 2.3% increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. The Chamber attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.

And, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth. For the first six months of Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016), Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 4.6%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.2% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 5.8% while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9.5%.

Garrett County experienced similar increases in fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.4% in fiscal year 2016, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 9%.

“Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to churn out additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber, as the Destination Marketing Organization for the County, is pleased to see that our strategies are proving effective and that our efforts are yielding strong results for our community.”


Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Announces Six Additional FY2017 Mini-Grant Awards

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is pleased to announce recent recipients of the FY2017 Mini-grants awarded through the Heritage Area. Over $5,900 was awarded to local organizations to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  The next round of mini-grants for FY18 will be made available in the summer of 2017.

FY2017 Mini-Grant Awards:

Friends of New Germany -  $387.50 for Native Plant Garden Botanical Markers at New Germany State Park

Friends of New Germany - $627.50 for Historic Schoolhouse Interpretive Sign at New Germany State Park

Town of Oakland - $406.00 to produce new Brochures & Rack Cards

Oakland Heritage Community Foundation - $2,000.00 for transcription of audio files Preserving Oakland's History

Garrett Trails - $1,100.00 for Garrett County Gran Fondo Heritage Entertainment

Our Town Theatre - $1,399.40 for 20th Anniversary Promotional Posters

“We are excited to support these local projects by leveraging the heritage area funds we receive through our management grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director.  “Many local projects would not be possible without mini-grants and these projects help promote heritage tourism to Garrett County.”

About The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 13 certified Heritage Areas by the state of Maryland.  Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  The Mini-Grant Program is made possible through a Management Grant that the Chamber receives from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization and program of the Maryland Historical Trust.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area 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.

For more information on the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, please visit www.garrettheritage.com.

Loar Auxiliary Platinum Gala Sponsor

The Loar Auxiliary of Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) recently presented a generous gift to the hospital Foundation, making them a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming GALA fundraiser set for Friday, November 17th at the Wisp resort in McHenry.  The Platinum level support was confirmed with a $15,000 check presentation from members to Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO, at a recent anniversary celebration of the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop.

The Loar Auxiliary is a volunteer association that raises funds through the management and operation of the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop, located in the hospital lobby.  The Auxiliary does additional fundraising through special lobby sales of books, jewelry, and uniforms as well as from the operations of the Cup O’Joe vending area near the lobby.

For additional information on becoming a volunteer with the Loar Auxiliary at Garrett Regional Medical Center, individuals are invited to contact the Gift Shop at 301-533-4045. Interested individuals are also invited to visit the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop’s facebook page for additional information.

Enjoy an Evening of Adult Coloring at the Oakland Library

The Ruth Enlow Library is starting an adult coloring program at the Oakland Main Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7 p.m., with the first meeting scheduled for April 26. “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 cnn.com 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 supply all required items. To register for this event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 or skight@relib.net.

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.

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

Railroads of Garrett County: A Brief Overview Course to be offered through Garrett College

Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College will be offering a history course, Railroads of Garrett County: A Brief Overview, beginning on April 27 and ending on May 18, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The class will be held at the B & O Railroad Museum in Oakland.

I hear the train a comin’, it’s rolling round the bend….  But what do we really know about the railroads and the impact on history?  In this class, historian, author, and educator, Dr. Neal Brooks will describe their development and decline, main purposes, and longevity. We’ll discuss one company that is still present, the Baltimore and Ohio which is now CSX, and the remnants of the Western Maryland railroad. 

Participants will learn about several that have disappeared but that had significant impact including the Confluence and Oakland, Preston Railroad, and the Jennings Brothers Railroad.  This class is intended for a general audience interested in Garrett County, and in transportation history, not just rail fans. 

A native of Silver Spring, Dr. Brooks received an undergraduate degree from Towson University where he majored in history. He then continued to study history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and earned his Ph.D.  He enjoyed an academic career of more than 40 years at the Community College of Baltimore County where his courses included both American history and Western Civilization. He divided his time between the classroom, chairing the History Department, and scholarship as coauthor of two histories of Baltimore County in addition to other published materials.

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


Learn to Sail at the Deep Creek Sailing School – Celebrating 25 years!

Registration is open at the Deep Creek Sailing School.  Enjoy beautiful scenery as you learn to sail in the mountains of western Maryland.  In addition to our very popular junior weeks and teen week, we have three adult instruction weeks scheduled.  

The weeks of June 19 and July 17 will focus on beginner/intermediate levels of sailing and introduction to racing.  

The week of June 24 will focus on intermediate/advanced levels of sailing including sail trim, racing, and spinnaker skills.  We understand that a week may be too much of a commitment - hence we are offering both Monday to Friday and Monday to Wednesday options for adult weeks.  The school also offers 3-hour private lessons.  

On July 8, 2017, the Deep Creek Sailing School is celebrating its 25th year since being established in 1992.  Former instructors and students are welcome to join the celebration.  Contact the sailing school if you are interested. www.deepcreeksailingschool.com


Starry Nights Scholarship Benefit Features French Menu and Iron City Aerials

Final preparations are being made for next week’s spring scholarship benefit, hosted by the Garrett College Foundation. The annual event is slated for Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception in The Lodge at Wisp Resort located in McHenry. All proceeds for the event will support scholarships for Garrett College students.

Starry Nights: Your Gift Can Make a Dream Come True is the theme for this year’s event. Guests in attendance will enjoy an assortment of French-inspired menu items, prepared by Chef Jimmy Walker and staff at Wisp Resort, beginning with the cocktail reception and ending with dessert. Along with a variety of cheeses, meats, olives, tapenades and breads, cocktail hour will feature: boursin, spinach and artichoke dip; veggies with dip; bacon wrapped figs; and sun dried tomato pesto palmiers. Main course entrées include: coq au vin; chicken roulade stuffed with Brussels sprout, walnuts and boursin cheese; beef bourguignon; sautéed mussels with fennel and leek basil cream; shrimp scampi with cognac beurre blanc; bacon and leek quiche, and roasted root vegetables. Crème brûlée; cream puffs and mini eclairs; mousse; baked brie with fruit; and macaroons will be the featured desserts for the evening.

After dinner, a live auction will be held to benefit student scholarships. Additionally, a selection of works of the late Aza Stanton, a well-known artist of Garrett County, Md., will be up for bids. The evening will conclude with an incredible performance by Iron City Aerials, an acrobatic entertainment company based out of Pittsburgh, Pa. They provide breathtaking shows for festivals, galas, private events, and more. The company was founded by local aerial artist and former Cirque du Soleil performer Kelsey Keller. Her group has performed at scores of events around Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state area, including the Pittsburgh International Auto Show and the Wheeling Arts Festival. They promise to deliver that WOW-factor, with gravity-defying acrobats performed with elegance and grace from heights up to 30 feet in the air. They aim to leave guests feeling awe-inspired.

Tickets for the event are still available. Tickets for the event are $100 per person which includes a $50 charitable, tax-deductible gift. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For more information about corporate sponsorships or to request tickets, interested parties may contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131.

Spring Power of Possibilities 3.0 Summit Ready to Bloom

The team at the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is putting the final touches on the Spring Power of Possibilities (POP) summit scheduled for April 28, 2017 at the College’s main campus in McHenry. The theme of the summit is “Creating and Growing Local Opportunities” and, as in past years, there will be a variety of speakers providing insight, information and action relative to growing and sustaining a successful business, attaining individual and collective career- and life- potential and building our rural community through small business formation, growth and employment.

The summit is part of the Power of Possibilities series of events and initiatives that have engaged over 1,200 local individuals since the fall of 2014. Individuals ranging from entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business leaders and those that support business formation and success in the region will find a variety of content designed to drive success, build practical, actionable knowledge and provide “food-for-thought” as they consider the possibilities for individual and community success. “This conference is perfect for those individuals looking to enhance their knowledge, competencies, role and engagement relative to small business formation, success, enablement, and support in our community’s success,” stated Sarah Myers, co-director of POP.

Planned presenters include a member of [Under Armour brand founder] Kevin Plank’s leadership team at Sagamore Ventures in Baltimore, as well as experts in product innovation and effective website design and management. Sessions will also provide insight into the importance of and best practices relative to small business formation and enablement in communities such as ours. Local presenters Dorothy Walters and Kendall Ludwig will also be sharing their “stories” and expertise with the audience.

The day is very much a community celebration of small business, entrepreneurship, and the power of individuals to influence and optimize their own lives. The day will also feature the third annual POP Business Plan Competition awards luncheon. The luncheon will highlight the ideas and plans of local entrepreneurs that have participated in the business plan competition, with this year’s winners being announced and celebrated. “With dozens of competitors to-date, the competition has helped numerous individuals realize their dreams and start a business. We estimate that over a dozen new businesses have been formed by POP competitors, with a few already going international and a number hiring local individuals,” stated Mike Tumbarello, co-director of POP and Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

One new addition to this year’s summit will be an action-oriented, “virtual development” session where summit attendees will self-select, break into groups and consider and build a start-up plan for one of a few local business opportunities. Each group will be led by a facilitator, with the goal of generating interest in and action towards a potential new business in the county.

Registration is currently open for the summit. The price of registration ($69 until April 7; $79 through April 28) includes breakfast, lunch, access to all sessions and additional material including business books.

Individuals can learn more and register online at www.4ruralsuccess.com or by calling the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development registration desk at 301-387-3069. Those seeking more information can reach out to Tumbarello at

301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu or Myers at 301-387-3771 or sarah.myers01@garrettcollege.edu.


Garrett Regional Medical Center, a Proud Affiliate of WVU Medicine and the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett Regional Medical Center Boardroom. The workshop is for individuals currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

 Look Good…Feel Better is a national public service program dedicated to teaching women and teen-age cancer patients the techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image, and how to deal with the sociological side effects they experience during treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists help with the workshop that includes a 12-step skin and makeup program. Cosmetics for the program are free of charge, courtesy of the American Cancer Society, The Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association Foundation and the National Cosmetics Association.

The program is offered free of charge and each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. For those who cannot attend a workshop, self-help materials including a video and instructional booklet are available. Pre registration is required. To register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at (301) 533-4366 or Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at (301) 533-4133.

Chamber Hosts Next Business After Hours at Total Biz Fulfillment on Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Total Biz Fulfillment will be hosting our April Business After Hours on Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their 120 Resource Ave location in Mountain Lake Park.

Enjoy delicious food as you mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event. Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

This Business After Hours marks the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Total Biz Fulfillment, Inc. and will be held at their newly expanded Mountain Lake Park Campus site in the Southern Garrett Business & Technology Park. Total Biz Fulfillment was formed in 1993 utilizing the knowledge and experience gained in operating a book and magazine publishing company called Hobby House Press which was started in the 1940s. As a family owned and operated business, Total Biz Fulfillment currently provides its services for 26 brands ranging from gifts, toys, games, housewares, health & beauty supplies and art supplies.

The cost to attend the Business After Hours is $6.00 for members paid in advance and $10 for non-members and members paying at the door. Register online at visitdeepcreek.com or contact Holly Lane via email at holly@garrettchamber.com  or by calling 301.387.6171.  

Pickleball April Schedule Announced

Pickleball enthusiasts combine efforts with Continuing Education and Workforce Development 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 April 3. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For playing times at the CARC, contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com.

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. Equipment, techniques, and rules of the games will be discussed while participants experience a new way to work out and meet new people. Tennis shoes are required but all other equipment will be included.

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


Ruth Enlow Library Brings ZOOmobile to Garrett County

The ZOOmobile from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will visit local Ruth Enlow libraries during National Library Week in April, on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11. The ZOOmobile brings educational, entertaining, and interactive programs featuring live animals to groups throughout Maryland and beyond. Attendees at the upcoming Garrett County events will discover the many habitats that wild animals call home, and will learn what living things need in order to survive where they live.

The events are free and open to the public, and are scheduled as follows:

  • Accident Library: Monday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Connie at 301-746-8792 or connie@relib.net.

  • Oakland Library: Monday, April 10 at 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. The second performance is a repeat of the first one. For more information, contact Julie at 301-334-3996, ext. 104 or julie@relib.net.

  • Grantsville Library: Monday, April 10 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Hannah at 301-895-5298 or hannah@relib.net.

  • Friendsville Library: Tuesday, April 11 at 9:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The second performance is a repeat of the first one. For more information, contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or michele@relib.net.

  • Kitzmiller Library: Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Diane at 301-453-3368 or diane@relib.net.

“The Ruth Enlow Library is pleased to offer this program during National Library Week, April 9 – 15, which is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians, and library workers,” noted Bonnie Winters, the library’s public relations specialist. “Libraries today aren’t only places of quiet study, but also are creative and engaging community centers offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning.”

Support for the ZOOmobile program is provided by the Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

More information about the ZOOmobile can be found at www.marylandzoo.org.

For a listing of library services and events, check the website at www.relib.net and follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.


Garrett County Board of Education Vacancy – District 2

Due to the resignation of Mr. Thomas Carr from the Garrett County Board of Education, pursuant to the Maryland Education Code, the Board of Garrett County Commissioners “shall appoint a qualified individual to fill any vacancy in an elected member’s position on the board for the remainder of the term and until a successor is elected and qualifies”.

The Board of County Commissioners has appointed Dr. Nathan Sorber to fill the remainder of Mr. Carr’s term.

Dr. Nathan M. Sorber is a professor of education and the director of the Center for the Future of Land-Grant Universities at West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University, an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University, completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Bucknell University, and is a graduate of a rural public high school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Sorber has published numerous works on education policy, history, and organizations, including his book Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education (London, UK: Transaction Press, 2013) and the forthcoming books The Morrill Act in Yankeedom: A History of the Origins and Early Years of the Land-Grant Colleges (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press) and American Higher Education in the Postwar Era (New York, NY: Routledge). Sorber and his wife Dr. Erin C. McHenry-Sorber (also a professor at West Virginia University) live in Friendsville with their daughter Ainsley (age 7) who attends Friendsville Elementary School. Sorber coaches his daughter’s basketball and soccer teams, volunteers with the PTO, and attends the McHenry United Methodist Church.

Sorber states, “I am honored that the Garrett County Board of Commissioners has appointed me to this important position, at this critical time. It is my intention to work diligently to preserve the tradition of excellence in Garrett County schools. There will of course be difficult decisions ahead for the board, but I am confident that we can chart a course of academic distinction and financial sustainability. I look forward to working with the dedicated teachers, administrators, staff, students, community members, the board of commissioners, and the board of education to pursue our shared vision in the weeks and months to come.”

     Dr. Gerald Pops Lectures on the Breaking of the Japanese Purple Cipher

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture by Dr. Gerald Pops on the breaking of the "Japanese Purple Cipher" in 1940 by William Friedman and his fellow cryptanalysts, and its subsequent use during World War II in the Pacific. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Library and is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

Friedman, who was a pioneer in the field of cryptology, became the chief cryptanalyst in the War Department’s Signal Intelligence Service, “notably leading the teams that broke various Japanese codes, including ultimately the Purple machine cipher initiated by Japan in 1939,” according to Britannica.com.

“William Friedman is a legend in the cryptology world – his painstaking work, prolific writings, and brilliant accomplishments set a standard in the field that has yet to be challenged,” wrote Ruth Quinn in her article “William F. Friedman – Master Code-Breaker.”

Dr. Pops, who is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at West Virginia University, attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in pre-medicine. He received his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in public administration from Syracuse University.  He served as an Air Force judge advocate and a legislative analyst with the California legislature, taught political science at Northern Arizona University before joining the faculty at West Virginia University, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1993 and 2001.

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

      Gardening Classes to Begin at Local Libraries this Month

Gardening Classes are scheduled to begin at the Accident, Grantsville, and Oakland Libraries this spring, presented by the Garrett County Master Gardeners from University of Maryland Extension, and are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register as follows. For Accident classes, contact the library at 301-746-8792 or connie@relib.net. For Grantsville classes, contact the library at 301-895-5298 or kim@relib.net. For Oakland classes, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996, x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

A variety of gardening topics are planned for this season.  Accident’s first class – Edible Landscaping – will be Monday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Oakland’s first class – Native Pollinators and Mason Bees – is scheduled for Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

A complete list of class topics with locations and times is available on the library’s website at www.relib.net, at local library branches, and at the University of Maryland Extension office in Oakland.

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.

Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

Chamber Now Accepting Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Nominations

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  The award, given in honor of Helmuth & Evelyn Heise, is presented to a local entrepreneur(s) for their contributions to the economic growth of Garrett County.  The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on June 8, 2017. 

Please note that the award criteria changed in 2016. In previous years, the criteria stated that “the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner must have originated and developed their business from inception.” Per the modification, 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 Chamber is pleased to take this opportunity to recognize the entrepreneurs in our community who are making a difference,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Chamber.  “Garrett County is truly fortunate to have such an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit among our business community.” 

To obtain a Nomination Form please contact Nick Sharps at 301-387-5237 or by email at nick@garrettchamber.com. You may also complete an online nomination form at https://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/Awards#heise. Additional information on the award, including past winners is listed on the website.

All nominations must be returned to the Chamber by no later than Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  The winner will not be announced until the Annual Dinner on June 8.



McHenry Troopers Make Drug Arrest

On 3/14/2017, troopers from the McHenry Barrack responded to the ramp from Keysers Ridge to E/B 68 for a reported motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival, troopers observed a 2013 Honda sitting in the ditch. 

Troopers subsequently made contact with one of the involved individuals, Ashley L. Dills (W-F, 32 YOA, Connellsville, PA).  During the course of the investigation, a K-9 scan was conducted on the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.  A search of the vehicle and Dills resulted in the recovery of 55 baggies of heroin, a glass smoking pipe, 11 needles and a spoon with trace amounts of heroin. 

Dills was subsequently arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and possession of administration equipment.  Dills was awaiting a bond hearing

Community Health Efforts Recognized as Garrett County Advances in Prize Selection Process

 Garrett County was chosen as a finalist for the fifth annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a finalist, Garrett County is one step closer to the national Prize which honors communities that understand health is a shared value and everyone has a role to play in driving change.


Selected from more than 200 communities across the country, Garrett County joins 10 other finalist communities. Winners will be announced over the summer.

“We are pleased to advance as an RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community. To win this prize would be extraordinary for Garrett County; however, to even be considered as a finalist is an honor in itself,” said Mark Boucot, Garrett Regional Medical Center president and CEO.  “We believe our community has an approach to health that is holistic and tailored to the needs of the people who call Garrett County home. The people who live here work together to both make the most of our assets and address our challenges and I think that’s what is being recognized. We have an eye on the future, and it shows.”

The process for selecting winners for this prize includes two preliminary phases and a site visit. Phase I is an application and essay submission process and Phase II involves a more detail narrative of the various aspects of healthcare in the community.  Finally, a team of representatives from RWJF will come for a two-day site visit.  During this time Garrett County will have the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and bring life and a voice to the original submissions.   Garrett Regional Medical Center has spearheaded the initiative as part of the hospital’s holistic approach to healthcare.  By partnering with other agencies GRMC is able to create an environment where access to healthcare is a priority for all members of the community. The initial applications received from over 200 communities where whittled down to 37 for the second phase, and eleven for the final phase. 


The Prize is guided by the principle that every community has the potential to improve and be a healthier place to live and thrive. To earn finalist status, Garrett County had to demonstrate how it excelled in the six Prize 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.


“The RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists continue to show what’s possible when communities make health a high priority and bring diverse partners together,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “Our team looks forward to visiting these communities to learn more about how they are leveraging their unique strengths to build a Culture of Health.”


If selected as a Prize winner, Garrett County will be given a $25,000 cash prize and opportunities to share their story and lessons learned with the country. They will also join a national network of past winning communities.


To learn about the work of the 27 previous Prize winners, visit www.rwjf.org/prize


New Garrett County Wedding Guides Now Available

The new Garrett County & Deep Creek Lake, Maryland Wedding Guide is now available. This guide gives brides and grooms the opportunity to explore our area as a destination wedding site; exploring unique venue options, wedding vendor opportunities and marriage license information.


“We are excited to have our wedding guide available to promote our region as a wedding destination,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “The guide paints a beautiful picture of our area and helps brides and grooms envision their wedding day whether it be a waterfront ceremony, rustic barn reception or a tranquil mountainside setting.” 


Along with advertisements from the Chamber’s members, the Guide features colorful photography, wedding venue styles and information on how to obtain a marriage license in Garrett County. Alchemi Design helped the Chamber produce the Guide. The guides are available at the Garrett County Visitors Center and an electronic version of the Guide is available at www.GarrettCountyWeddings.com


If you are interested in receiving the Wedding Guide, please contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386.


Representatives from Garrett Regional Medical Center and local dignitaries joined forces to cut the ribbon for the newest expansion of GCMC, a brand new primary and urgent care facility in Grantsville.

The lobby of Medical Associates of Grantsville was full of colleagues, staff, and community members from Grantsville and surrounding areas who gathered to celebrate the opening of the new and much needed facility.  Guests were able to tour the 5,500 square foot, state of the art office while the staff was on hand to answer questions.  The new center houses three exam rooms for primary care, four rooms for urgent care, a space for laboratory services, three procedure rooms, and a radiology area. The facility was designed with efficiency and patient comfort and accessibility, in mind.

County Commissioner Paul Edwards said, “I am very excited for Garrett Regional Medical Center to expand into Grantsville.  The services that this opens up to residents on the northern end of the county and the health care infrastructure that this helps build is a huge benefit to quality of life, as well as economic development in the area.”

“I have lived in Grantsville my entire life and this is my community.  I’m happy for the opportunity to provide healthcare in a time of need and empower my patients and neighbors to be healthy,” said Tammy Crayton, who will be leading the urgent care practice.

GRMC will also be hosting an open house for the public to showcase the new Medical Associates of Grantsville Urgent Care facility on Tuesday, February 14th.  Guests are welcome from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This event offers an opportunity for local residents to come and see what the facility has to offer, meet the staff, and ask any questions they may have.  There will be staff on hand to provide services and educational material on important health issues.  Services include free screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis, sugar levels and facial skin analysis.

The urgent care center and radiology services will be 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.  The primary care facility will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Laboratory services will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

2017 Garrett County Job Fair – Employer Registration Now Open

 Garrett College has issued an invitation to area business owners or managers to participate in the upcoming 2017 Garrett County Job Fair slated for Thursday, April 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium.

 Ashley Ruby, Garrett College Academic Success Advisor, is chairing the job fair planning committee once again this year. “Each year, the Garrett County Job Fair is a highly anticipated event, both for employers and job seekers. Our aim on the planning committee is to make this event as successful as possible for both groups of individuals! This is the twenty-sixth year the Job Fair will be held in its current format and location at Garrett College. The Job Fair will once again be held during the month of April (instead of March as in years prior) per employer requests due to cyclical and seasonal hiring needs. We feel this best suits the needs of all individuals served by this regional employment event.” 

The fair is open to any employer who is expecting to hire people within the next few months - full time, part-time, summer, entry-level or experienced employment opportunities all welcome. Employers wanting to take part in the Job Fair are encouraged to register now. Participating employers will be offered display space, including a table, chairs, and a sign with the company name. Refreshments will be provided to employers throughout the event.

Registration is available electronically at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. A paper registration form is also available online. Businesses are encouraged to register by April 4 in order to be included in pre Job Fair publicity, although registration will be accepted as long as space is available. Also, access to electrical outlets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

“Employer participation always exceeds our expectations and we expect to fill our space to capacity!” said Ruby.

The Job Fair, as always, will be open to all members of the community including college and high school students and experienced workers seeking a job or career change. The Job Fair will be promoted through newspaper articles, radio announcements, fliers, and listing with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and on the Garrett College website.

“Job seekers will be encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and to prepare to make the most effective impression possible on the employers with whom they speak,” said Ruby.

The Job Fair is being offered by a partnership of Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center (serving both Garrett and Allegany counties), the Western Maryland Consortium, and 104.5 KHJ / 92.3 The Train / 1050 am WMSG.

Employers may register online at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. For additional information, please contact Ruby at 301-387-3733 or ashley.ruby@garrettcollege.edu.

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