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.”

FSU’s Jennifer Browne to Present: ‘Without Asking How We Want to be Seen: Women and the Terror of Photography’ for Joan Crawford Lecture Series

Ms. Jennifer Browne, Director of the Frostburg State University Center for the Literary Arts and a lecturer for the Department of English, will present ‘Without Asking How We Want to be Seen: Women and the Terror of Photography’ as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Tuesday, March 27, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Room 511 on the Garrett College McHenry Campus.

She began teaching college-level composition and literature courses in 1997 at Garrett College, which fostered her interest in advocacy for underprepared and educationally-disadvantaged students, an interest that was enhanced while she served as Director of the Upward Bound Program, a federally-funded educational-opportunity program for low-income and first-generation high school students, at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Upon joining the faculty of Frostburg State University in 2008, she returned to teaching, focusing on the needs of developing writers, who frequently describe her as “passionate,” “knowledgeable,” and “boring.”

In addition to issues of educational access, Browne is interested in gender, ecology, and popular culture, which she investigates in her own writing. She has published poetry in The Peninsula Review, Maryland Poetry Review, American Writing: A Magazine, Backbone Mountain Review, and The Potomac, among others.

Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, the Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge each year and are open to the public. For more information persons may contact Jack Dubose, Professor of English, at Garrett College, at 301-387-3008 or jack.dubose@garrettcollege.edu.

     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.

Third Annual Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurial Summit Scheduled for April 28

The Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurial Summit will be held at Garrett College on Friday, April 28, 2017. The theme for this year’s Spring Summit is “Creating and Growing Local Opportunities” and the program is focused on helping those in attendance optimize their personal and business opportunities for success as well as those for our community.  The event is part of the Power of Possibilities initiative that launched in 2014 and that has engaged over 1,200 entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business owners/managers and those in the region that support and enable small business formation and growth.

The Spring Summit will include workshops on a number of topics, including: effective web-site development and management, launching technology products, using low-cost marketing strategies to grow an enterprise. In addition to the workshops, attendees will hear keynote speakers share their experience and expertise on building businesses and building vibrant communities.

While a learning, sharing and networking event for all those in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Garrett County and the region, the event is also a celebration of entrepreneurship and new entrepreneurs, and is anchored by the third annual Power of Possibilities Business Competition awards luncheon. Open to all attendees, the awards luncheon is the culmination of the third annual regional business plan competition where top business plan entries are announced and awarded cash, the Daniel E. Offutt III Innovation Medal and other valuable prizes.

For more information and to register, persons may visit www.4ruralsuccess.com or contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcdollege.edu. Early-bird registration ends on April 7, 2017.

      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. Grantsville’s first class – 10 Annual Flowers for Your Garden – will be Thursday, March 30 at 11 a.m. 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.

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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


Wisp Resort Set to Re-Open for Winter Operations

In February, Wisp Resort was forced by rain and temperatures in the 50’s to suspend skiing and snowboarding operations. Now, in the midst of a cold and snowy March, Wisp Resort is anticipating a re-opening of winter operations sometime this week. The exact day will depend on just how much natural snow they get from Winter Storm Stella and how much machine-made snow they can make with the colder temperatures.

With a depleted snow base and mild forecast, Wisp Resort closed for skiing two weeks ago after just 72 days of operation. It was their lowest number of operating days in the past ten years even though they had pumped more than 160 million gallons of water for snowmaking up to that date, the third highest total in the past ten years. “The weather was pretty uncooperative this winter,” dryly noted Artie Speicher, Mountain Operations Director at Wisp. “Mother Nature was testing our resolve, just like she is now. She’s given us another window this week, so we’re going to make the most of it.”

The Deep Creek Lake Area received 5 inches of snow on Friday, March 10 along with temperatures dipping into the single digits. Wisp’s snowmaking team will be making snow as weather permits this week, and Winter Storm Stella is expected to add several more inches of natural snow Tuesday. The resort suggested skiers and snowboarders check www.wispresort.com and Wisp’s Facebook page for updates and opening announcements


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.

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Business Before Hours – Education in Garrett County on March 21, 2017

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the next Business Before Hours – Education in Garrett County will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the Crawford Room at Wisp Resort. Superintendent of Garrett County Schools Barbara Baker and Garrett College President Dr. Richard Midcap will be the presenters.

Superintendent Baker will discuss some of the partnership opportunities with Garrett College. She will also present information on the school system progress toward the attainment of the goals of the Board of Education and outline how the budget process aligns with these goals. She will also highlight some successes and discuss some of the challenges the school system faces in the coming years.

Dr. Midcap will be discussing the high points from his listening tour around the county that has allowed him to get a feel for the top education priorities and what the county needs from Garrett College. He will also discuss new programming in the approval process for the next academic year including a degree in Computer Science.

This Business Before Hours is sponsored by Budget Charters, Inc. and Lake Pointe Inn. Event includes 8 am networking, 8:15 am breakfast and program from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  The cost for members is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cost for non-members is $30. Register online or by calling Holly Lane at 301.387.6171. Space is limited so early reservations are recommended.

The Business Before Hours breakfast programs are bi-monthly events designed to focus on specific topics with formal presentations. Non-competing sponsorship opportunities are available for each forum. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nick Sharps at 301.387.4386 or nick@garrettchamber.com.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region representing nearly 600 member firms.  The Chamber was formed 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.

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce please log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.



Garrett County Students Present at MACPL

On Monday, February 28th, three students from Garrett County's High School Robotics Team 1629 conducted a three hour Pre-Conference Workshop for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning (MACPL) at the Waterfront Marriot in Baltimore. Approximately 14 educators from across the mid-Atlantic and MSDE attended the session and were able to build and keep versions of the team's LEGO Top Spinners and Golden Ratio Calipers that the team uses to help all students in Garrett County become STEM Ready (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Patrick Lee (junior at Southern High), Jessica Storck (sophomore at Southern High) and McKenna Fazenbaker (senior at Northern High) did an outstanding job and received rave reviews from attendees. The team provided the workshop at the request of the Maryland State Department of Education.

In the “Every Student STEM Ready” session, the attendees learned how Garrett County leverages its high school’s FIRST robotics team to help every student become STEM Ready. The students demonstrated how hands-on activities are incorporated into learning activities which are conducted by high school students in Garrett County’s elementary classrooms. The attendees experienced hands-on strategies for developing skills essential for a child’s success in STEM - primarily through engagement and making connections through the use of LEGO machines.

Garrett County's High School Robotics Team 1629 is preparing for its first event of the season this weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia.  

Barbara Baker Named Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools

The Garrett County Board of Education announced at its February 27th meeting that Ms. Barbara L. Baker will be the Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools beginning July 1, 2017. She will continue to serve as Interim Superintendent until June 30, 2017.

Ms. Baker thanked the Board of Education members. She went on to say, “I look forward to serving the students of Garrett County for the next four years. I greatly appreciate the support of the teachers, staff, and administrators. I know that we will work hard together as we continue to do what is best for students.”

Mrs. Monica Rinker, Board President, stated, “We are honored to have a former Garrett County student and educator to lead our school system. We have received positive feedback from the public and GCPS employees endorsing Ms. Baker as the Superintendent.”

Ms. Baker has served the students of Garrett County Public Schools for the past 27 years. She began her career as a German instructor at Southern Middle School in 1990. Since that time, she has continued in a variety of roles including elementary school teacher, principal, director, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2016. During her tenure, she has been responsible for overseeing classroom instruction, building management, instructional leadership, school improvement, strategic planning, grant writing and management, and serving as a chairperson for many committees and teams. Her experience has led her to be involved in all facets of education. She has worked with all stakeholders from students, teachers, building administrators, community, to central office. Beyond her involvement at the local level, Ms. Baker has participated in regional and state level (MSDE) educational planning and implementation and is familiar with state initiatives and related legislation.

Ms. Baker is a product of Garrett County Public Schools and a graduate of Northern Garrett High School. She continued her education at Ohio University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in German. Additionally, she has earned a Master’s Degree in School Guidance and Counseling and certification in Administration and Supervision. She is enrolled in the Frostburg State University Doctoral program and is working toward a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in P-12 Leadership.

Ms. Baker is an active member of the Oakland Rotary Club, serving as the organization’s president since 2015. As a member of the Rotary, Ms. Baker has served as chairman of the annual Christmas project, organized and participated in fundraisers, and coordinated educational guest speakers. Most recently the Rotary Club honored Ms. Baker with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. This is given annually to one member who has gone above and beyond to serve the community in the spirit of Rotary. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth and excellence in education.

Ms. Baker is a resident of Garrett County and the daughter of Robert and Ann (deceased) Taylor. She has two siblings who are also involved in education – Suzan Taylor-O’Brien (teacher) and David Taylor (Southern Garrett Wrestling Coach). She has one daughter, Nicole Ann Baker, a 2016 graduate of Southern Garrett High School. Together, they enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, attending national sporting events, and supporting county activities such as sports, arts, sciences, and robotics.  

Beth Luers to Speak at the Oakland Library about her Book Creating Light

The Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library will host Beth Luers, retired Professor of Humanities at Garrett College, for a discussion about her recently published book, Creating Light, on Wednesday, March 22, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. “This book tells the story of the purpose-filled lives of three Holocaust survivors – Leo Bretholz, Martin Gray, and Thomas Buergenthal – and provides lessons in moving forward and brotherhood,” said Luers. “I will speak about how I came to know these three amazing men who have strived to make the world a more humane place when that same world tried to kill them,” said Luers. “I also will talk about how I came to write a book, the last thing I thought I would ever do.”

This event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

Copies of Creating Light are available as an eBook from Amazon and Sentia Publishing. Printed books are available from Sentia Publishing. The Oakland Library has ordered three copies of the book for patrons to borrow. Also, books can be purchased through The Book Mark’et in Oakland. Anyone interested should call the store at 301-334-8778 about ordering a copy of the book.

“Royalties from the book that normally would go to the author will instead go directly to Jewish Community Services in Baltimore, Maryland in Leo Bretholz's name to help survivors with rent and medical assistance,” noted a library spokesperson.

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.

Ruth Enlow Library Celebrates Read Across America

The Ruth Enlow Library invites the community to celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of Dr. Seuss in March. Read Across America, an initiative of the National Education Association (NEA), is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on, or near, March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, and throughout the month of March.

The local libraries are celebrating with several events, and each child attending will receive a free book, with funding provided by the Garrett County Education Association.

The Oakland Library, in partnership with the Garrett County Judy Center, will host a Dr. Seuss Party on Wednesday, March 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for children ages 3 – 8 years. Registration is required and limited to the first 50 children. To register, contact Julie at 301-334-3996 x104 or julie@relib.net. The event will feature stories, activities, crafts, and snacks based on Dr. Seuss books.

The Accident Library will celebrate with a walk-in program of games, activities, and crafts from Monday, February 27 – Saturday, March 4 during regular operating hours. Also, the Dr. Seuss theme will be integrated into Teen Book Club, Children’s Story Time, and StoryTails scheduled for that week. For more information, contact the Accident Library at 301-746-8792 or crystal@relib.net.

The Grantsville Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at its regular Story Time on Wednesday, March 1, from 11 a.m. – noon, and also during the week with a walk-in program of coloring pages, easy crafts, and take-home activities. The children’s area will be decked out in Dr. Seuss books. For more information, contact the Grantsville Library at 301-895-5298 or hannah@relib.net.

Kitzmiller Library’s celebration will feature a Dr. Seuss birthday party, complete with stories, fun activities, and free giveaways, March 1 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., for all ages. On Thursday, March 2, from 10:30 – 11 a.m., children at Kitzmiller’s Story Time will hear Dr. Seuss stories and receive a surprise visit from the “Cat in the Hat.” For more information, contact Diane at 301-453-3368 or diane@relib.net.

From Monday, February 27 – Saturday, March 4, the Friendsville Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a walk-in program during normal operating hours. The program will include crafts, Dr. Seuss DVDs, and books. For more information, contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or michele@relib.net.

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.

Garrett College Board Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Contributor

The Board of Trustees of Garrett College announced that it is inviting nominations for the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Garrett College. This award is typically given at Garrett’s commencement ceremony in the spring. Any member of the community may submit a nomination, and all nominations are encouraged.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals or organizations that have significantly and positively influenced Garrett College’s mission and goals. To recommend a candidate for nomination, please contact Ms. Marcia Knepp, Executive Assistant to the President, at 301-387-3056 or at marcia.knepp@garrettcollege.edu for a nomination form and materials. In order to be considered for this award, all nominations must be submitted no later than Monday, March 20, 2017.


Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County, Maryland Offer Military March Promotion

The Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland salute our nation’s heroes with a Military March promotion. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering discounts for military members on their website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion, which is sponsored by GCC Technologies, LLC,  runs from March 1 – March 31, 2017, non-holidays.

Twenty-three businesses are participating in the promotion offering military discounts on dining, shopping, lodging, groceries, design work, clothing, glassware, car purchases, oil changes, hot tubs,  lift tickets, rentals, lessons and snow tubing.

“The Military March promotion is a terrific way for military members and their families to save on a trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to honor our nation’s heroes with discounts from a wide variety of our area’s businesses.”

The Military March Promotion includes offers from Bear Creek Traders, Cabin on Farm View Rental Home, CurlyRed Inc., Deep Creek Beverage, Deep Creek Shop ‘n Save Fresh Featuring Mountain Flour Bakery, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek Rentals and Trips, Lake Pointe Inn, Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub, Long Branch Saloon & Motel, McHenry Beverage Shoppe, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Rudy’s Clothing, Savage River Lodge, Simon Pearce Factory Outlet and Glassblowing, Suites at Silver Tree, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC, The Hot Tub Store, Uno Chicago Grill Deep Creek, Will O’the Wisp Resort and Wisp Resort.

To redeem the offers, military members simply need to show a valid military ID when purchasing. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply; please see specific details and restrictions for each offer at https://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/MilitaryMarch2017.

To view all of the military March offers or for more information about Garrett County, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.  



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 College Foundation Preparing for annual Spring Scholarship Benefit

Plans for the 7th annual spring scholarship benefit hosted by the Garrett College Foundation are well underway. This year, the annual fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at The Lodge at Wisp Resort in McHenry. The annual event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and entertainment. 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 of this year’s scholarship fundraiser, as chosen by members of the spring scholarship committee: Susie Crawford, Foundation Board Chair; Board members Rosie Versteegen and Carissa Rodeheaver; and Foundation staff Cherie Krug and Kearstin Hinebaugh. This year, the group will work with a new subcommittee, the event implementation committee. This committee is tasked with the goal of building excitement and attendance around the upcoming event and will begin meeting in February to launch the planning process.

For additional information on the upcoming event or on the Garrett College Foundation, persons may contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131.

Beekeeping to be offered at Garrett College in McHenry

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a course on Beekeeping at the College’s McHenry campus. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, Feb 28 to April 18, 7 - 9 p.m.

This course is designed to help beginners learn the history of the honeybee, colony structure, and bee biology. This course will also explain the tools of the trade and importance of hive location. Class topics will include discussions about collecting swarms, installing package bees, establishing colonies, handling invasive extractions, transporting hives and avoiding threats from humans and animals. The final class will include a field trip to an active bee yard where students will have an opportunity for hands-on experience.  The cost of the course includes a starter hive. Participants will need to purchase their own bees and protective equipment.

The course is being co-instructed by Hop Cassidy and Chip Lee. Cassidy is a long-time beekeeper. He has served as the apiary inspector employed by Maryland Department of Agriculture for many years. Additionally, he has supported new beekeepers as the president of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. Lee has completed certification as a Master Beekeeper and is an active member of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. He has kept bees for years and regularly sells honey at the Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market.

For more information on this course, persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.


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

GCCW Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for 2017 - 2018


The Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) recently announced that it is now accepting applications for 2017 – 2018 academic year.  This year, the group is granting $500 scholarships for up to five different recipients. “These scholarships have been helping women to improve their lives, which in turn helps to improve our community,” stated a spokesperson.


The Commission for Women established this scholarship to help women residents of Garrett County complete their educational requirements leading to a degree or certificate beyond the high school level.  The scholarship may be used to attend academic or career oriented programs at a community college, a four-year institution, or for graduate school, or for technical training leading to a certificate.  It is open to all majors.


To be eligible, the woman must be a five year resident of Garrett County, of at least 20 years of age and/or at least two years past her high school graduation or with her GED. She may be already enrolled in a college or technical program or be applying for entrance into such a program.  She must be able to demonstrate financial need. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply, but the scholarship will not be awarded to the same person two years in a row.


Applications must be accompanied by an official transcript from the program she is currently attending and/or a letter of acceptance from the program she wishes to attend;
a completed Commission for Women Scholarship Application Form; a letter of reference from a faculty member who knows her work well or a letter of reference from a community member well versed in the applicant’s plans and prospects.   Missing or incomplete data, particularly with regard to financial need, will disqualify the applicant.

The scholarship form is available in paper format at the Garrett County Public Libraries or the Garrett College Financial Aid office, and on line at the Commission for Women website at www.GCCW.info. Completed application packets are due to Robin McGill, 144 Cedarbrook Lane, Swanton, MD 21561 by March 31, 2017. Questions about the application process may be addressed to her at
rmgillrn@aol.com or Jeannette Fitzwater at jrfitzwater@hotmail.com.  The winners will be announced at the Annual Hall of Fame breakfast on April 29, 2017 to be held at Dutch’s at Silver Tree.


The Garrett County Commission for women was created in 1994 and is comprised of volunteers appointed by the County Commissioners and are mandated to be a voice for and of women in their communities especially in government.  Their mission is to promote a positive image of women, advise county government, advance solutions and serve as a countywide resource to promote social, political and economic equality for women.  For more information, visit their website at www.GCCW.info.

Third Power of Possibilities Business Plan Competition Accepting Applications

The third annual Power of Possibilities Business Plan Competition is now under way and open to all considering starting or growing a for-profit or non-profit business. Part of the continuing Power of Possibilities (POP) series of events, the business plan competition helps County entrepreneurs and want-to-be entrepreneurs build, hone and finalize a business plan for their idea or business.

The plan is open to all regardless of experience, industry or idea and if is free of charge.  Garrett College, in partnership with Appalachian Regional Commission, The Greater Cumberland Committee, local business leaders and Garrett County government, provides a supportive, nurturing, high-value experience where competitors are paired with local business leaders that serve as mentors over an almost three-month period. Competitors receive free materials, participate in informative meet-ups and briefings, network with one another and their mentors, and also have access to very low cost Garrett College Continuing Education classes on forming and growing a small business.

The competition concludes during the annual POP awards luncheon at the Spring Entrepreneurial Summit on April 28, 2017, where winners will receive monetary prizes and the prestigious Daniel E. Offutt Innovation Award medal. Unlike many competitions, all that participate in the POP Business Plan Competition truly win by gaining practical advice and instruction and bringing their idea to an actionable point from which to launch.

Feedback and results for the prior two competitions have been very positive. According to first year competitor Chis Nichols, inventor of the Card Caddy and one of the winners that year, “Thanks in part to the Power of Possibilities, the Card Caddy is now available worldwide. I couldn’t have done it without the POP experience.” Added Mike Tumbarello, Co-Director of POP, “We strive to help all people in the community to meet their goals and live their dreams. We have had well over three dozen entries the past two years and a large percentage of those have gone on to become operating, successful businesses that contribute to Garrett County.  The POP program has received national recognition because of its many practical, proven facets and because it can work for all types of individuals in all life situations. We welcome applications from all those in the community that wish to capitalize on the possibilities and take control of their lives and careers.”

For more information, applicants should go to www.4ruralsuccess.com to apply. Persons may also contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu with questions. The deadline to sign-up to participate in the competition is January 27, 2017.

Garrett County Chamber Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on tourism, economic & community development, education, healthcare, infrastructure and business climate.

The issues included in the Chamber’s agenda are those items that the Garrett County Chamber believes could have the biggest impact through legislative action.

The top legislative priorities for the Chamber in 2017 will be:

  1. Revise the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program for Reimbursement to Counties for State-owned Lands.

  2. Increase Tourism Promotion Funding to $11,000,000.

  3. Support the Creation of the Rural Development Incentive Program.

4.      Support a Pro-Business Environment in Maryland.

 “The Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee spends several months discussing what issues to include in the agenda and which ones to make our top priorities,” said Shane Grady, Legislative Affairs Committee chair. “With only one Senator and one Delegate representing Garrett County in the Legislature, it is important that we are vocal about our priorities and that we are aggressive with our advocacy efforts in order to make an impact.”

“Our Committee and Board of Directors do a fantastic job developing a legislative agenda that helps me focus on specific issues and provides a guide of legislation for which to watch,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “The legislature will consider more than 3,000 pieces of legislation and our local businesses do not have time to review every bill. Your Chamber will track legislation and provide a periodic update on bills and hearings throughout the session via our General Assembly Update electronic newsletter. We will advocate for bills that positively impact Garrett County and oppose those that do not.”

“I commend those that get involved in the legislative process by contacting their Senator and Delegate, travelling to Annapolis to testify at hearings or submit written testimony. It is so important for these decision-makers to receive input on policy being made.”

Last year the Garrett County Chamber achieved a 64% success rate in advocating for legislative action that resulted in a favorable outcome.

To view the full Garrett County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Legislative Agenda and the 2017 Session dates, please log onto http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/Legislative.

Giovanis Funds Needed Project to Ensure Deep Creek Lake Levels Meet Varying Needs
Local Property Owner Gives $100K to Deep Creek Watershed Foundation

 The Board of Directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc.  today announced that long-time property owner Ted Giovanis will donate $100,000 for a needed Water Budget to ensure more consistent and efficient water levels at Deep Creek Lake. The donation is made in memory of Jayne Koskinas, wife of Giovanis.

“Jayne simply loved spending time at Deep Creek, and protecting the lake’s future is important to our family,” said Giovanis.  “I appreciate the Foundation committing to research and due diligence in order to identify an appropriate path forward.” Giovanis is founder and president of the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) which aims to change health care for the better through research, data analysis and other projects.

The Water Budget includes day by day accounting of water requirements for the Deep Creek Lake reservoir and will provide a scientific prediction of needed water levels, improving the timing and volume of water releases. 

Due to precipitation and periodic water releases, Deep Creek Lake levels fluctuate from year to year.  When water levels are low, some lakefront homeowners cannot access the lake with their boats.  When water levels are higher, shoreline erosion and sediment deposits can occur in the Lake. With water releases needed to support power generation, maintain cool waters for the trout fishery, and sustain white water recreation on the Youghiogheny River, the Foundation wanted to conduct a robust study to inform an efficient plan for future water releases that balances all needs of the Deep Creek Lake community.

 "On behalf of the board and all stakeholders here in Garrett County we are deeply grateful to Mr. Giovanis and his family for this generous donation", said Pat Franc, President of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Board of Directors. "We're excited about hitting the ground running on this important study and look forward to building off this momentum."

The Foundation Board intends to provide the results of the Study to the State of Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) sometime in 2018.

The Foundation, a non-profit Maryland corporation, was formed to accept tax- deductible donations to support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.   To find out more about the Foundation and its projects go to www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org. 


The Board of Directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of the Foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit Maryland corporation.  The Foundation is formed to accept tax-deductible donations to foster a private/public partnership that will support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.

The Deep Lake Watershed contains 41,000 acres and is located in the mountains of Garrett County, Maryland.  Deep Creek Lake (DCL) is within the Deep Creek Watershed and is the State’s largest freshwater lake containing approximately 4,000 acres.  Deep Creek Lake has evolved as a primary recreational destination for the Mid-Atlantic States and is the economic engine for the County.  In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the Lake and its buffer zone under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assigned responsibility for managing the Lake and its buffer zone. Likewise, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for, among other things, sediment and erosion control of DCL, as well as for the issuance of a Water Allocation Permit which provides authorization for various entities to use specified quantities of water from the lake. The 2000 legislation included stewardship requirements and authorizations, but it did not address the potential impacts from the watershed to water quality in the Lake.

Over the past 15 years, the Deep Creek community, the County, DNR and MDE have demonstrated a growing interest in ensuring that the quality and recreational value of the Lake is maintained.  Concerns have arisen relating to sediment in coves, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), water quality, lake level fluctuations, and other issues.  Many of these concerns extend beyond the authority of the state-owned property in the buffer zone.  Consequently, a more extensive assessment of the entire watershed was needed. 

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DNR and the Garrett County Commissioners, the State and the County agreed to work together to develop a Watershed Management Plan.  Volunteers representing various interest groups and watershed residents, along with County and State officials, were appointed to a steering committee by DNR and the County and formed subcommittees to address the variety of issues affecting the watershed.  Through this effort the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan (Plan) was developed and completed in 2014 and then subsequently approved by the DNR and the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Additionally, a second MOU has been agreed to and will be signed by the Board Garrett County Commissioners and the Secretaries of DNR and MDE, creating the Administrative Council which will oversee the implementation of the Plan; establish the staff position of Watershed Coordinator; and address the development of financial strategies.  The Foundation will work closely with this Administrative Council to identify projects that will require funding.

The Foundation is formed to support the Plan’s goal of “improving the environmental stability and economic viability of the Deep Creek Watershed while retaining its rural landscapes and natural beauty, so that, for generations to come, local citizens and visitors have a special place to live, work, and play.” The Foundation will accomplish this goal by engaging in fundraising activities to sponsor educational programs supporting initiatives relating to the watershed, soliciting and providing funding to support scientific, environmental, and educational programs relating to the watershed, and applying for grants relating to activities in furtherance of the protection of the watershed. 

For further information regarding the Foundation, its Board of Directors, and how to donate, interested persons can visit the Foundation’s web site at www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org