GRMC Celebrates National Survivors Day and Honors Bailey Family

Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day in conjunction with the naming dedication of the James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center on June 2nd. National Cancer Survivors Day is an event to celebrate life and a gathering to honor and support those who have been touched by cancer.  Hospital staff and community members will join cancer survivors and their families for a bell ringing ceremony as well as a ribbon cutting honoring the generous donation of James and Shirley Bailey, for whom the Cancer Center is named. The celebrations start at 9:00 am in the main lobby of the hospital. Attendees will be treated to coffee and doughnuts by Bill Meagher, owner of Deep Creek Doughnuts.

“GRMC and this community are so fortunate for the support that is has received from James and Shirley Bailey, of GCC Technologies, LLC,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “Their gift has enabled us to open and expand a center that was desperately needed in this area.  It’s their contribution, in part, that allows us to hold this celebration of life and honor those who are in remission from cancer.”

James and Shirley Bailey’s gift sponsored the adjunctive therapy infusion room in the Cancer Center.  The adjunctive therapy room gives cancer patients a peaceful setting for guided imagery, relaxation, massage, aromatherapy and other services to assist in pain control, relaxation, and healing.  These therapies have been proven to assist cancer patients with the medication treatment regimens and healing. 

“Life after cancer is more than just surviving. It can be beautiful, abundant, and fulfilling. And that’s something to celebrate,” says Gina Artice, GRMC cancer patient care navigator. “This celebration will be filled with joy, hope, camaraderie, and compassion as we acknowledge our community’s cancer survivors. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by cancer survivors today.”

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. In the United States alone, there are more than 15.5 million people living with a history of cancer.

“Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment,” explained Boucot. “Survivors may face many challenges, such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no health insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends. Our hope is that the WVU Cancer Institute, James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center, makes all the problems associated with cancer care easier to bear. Together GRMC and generous donors like the Bailey’s can focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary at their annual Membership Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in the Agriculture Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry and catered by Dutch’s at Silver Tree.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, which began as the Mt. Top Chamber of Commerce in 1952, merged with the Garrett County/Deep Creek Lake Promotion Council in 1997. 2017 marks the 65th anniversary of the Chamber and the 20th anniversary of the organization as it exists today.

Since the two organizations merged, the Chamber has partnered with the County to build the Visitors Center in McHenry, launched the Art & Wine Festival and Garrett Trails, and assisted with the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Jerry Geisler, General Manager of Wisp Resort, former chair of the Chamber Board and president of the Promotion Council at the time of the merger, said the merger brought business leaders together in a mutually beneficial partnership. “For the first time, business sectors from agriculture to timber and manufacturing worked in unison with tourism-based businesses to drive economic development in Garrett County.

Additional accomplishments include:

·        Partnered with economic development to create “The Deep Creek Experience” – the countywide brand promoting attractions and businesses throughout the County

·        Garnered certification of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

·        Supported the Savage Man Triathlon and Gran Fondo

·        Created the annual Fire on the Mountain 4th of July Fireworks display

·        Successfully advocated for a Post Labor Day Start for Maryland Public Schools

·        Launched the Business Before Hours breakfast programs

·        Created the annual Business & Industry Appreciation program in partnership with Economic Development

·        Created the HR Roundtable

·        Advocated for business and tourism issues in Annapolis and D.C.

·        Launched new websites, apps, social media presence on several platforms and online calendar of events

·        Established an initiative to attract groups/tours and weddings

·        Hosted the 90th Anniversary of Deep Creek Lake

·        Created Fall Foliage Driving Tours

·        Created annual Activities Guide

·        Established the Garrett County Diplomats

·        Developed Tourism Economic Impact Study

“Over the course of the past 20 years, the Chamber has been responsible for events, promotional campaigns and advocacy efforts that benefit businesses in all sectors of the local economy,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO. “I am honored to be at the helm of such a robust and impactful organization. I extend my deepest gratitude to the leaders who came before me and helped create a solid foundation on which to grow.”

Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County generating nearly a $347 million annual economic impact. Since 2010, tourism has experienced record growth in Garrett County and is outpacing other premier destinations in Maryland. The Chamber credits their aggressive marketing strategies including concentrated efforts and innovative ideas with attracting more visitors and growing the industry. The Chamber places great emphasis on staying attuned to what is happening in the tourism industry and how to remain competitive.

“While I have only been here for the past seven years, I am proud of what this organization has accomplished in such a short amount of time and excited about what the future holds,” said Christian. “Through collaboration with our partners and community leaders, I believe that the Chamber will help guide Garrett County into the next phase of growth and development.

The Chamber’s annual Membership Meeting and Dinner is a great opportunity to network with Chamber members, county business leaders and government officials while enjoying a wonderful dinner. The evening will include hosted beer and wine & light hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. The program will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will feature the announcement of the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner, Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Diplomat of the Year award and introduction of new Chamber Board Members.

Ticket cost is $60.00 (or $70 after May 26, 2017) and reserved seating for 6 is available for $360 (or $420 after May 26). Reservations are required as limited tickets are available. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 2, 2017; register online at visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Holly Lane at 301.387.6171.

The dinner is sponsored by 20th Anniversary Sponsor: GCC Technologies, LLC, Gold Sponsors:  Clear Mountain Bank, Mountain Laurel Medical Center and Premier Power Solutions, LLC; Silver Sponsors:  First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Phenix Technologies, Inc., Rob Michael, State Farm Insurance Agent and Salt & Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery; Centerpiece Sponsor: First United Bank and Trust; and Bronze Sponsors: Act Personnel Services, Inc., Frostburg State University and WEPCO Federal Credit Union.   

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


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

The End of the Line Bookstore is now open for the 2017 season.  End of the Line Books is a not for profit, used bookstore located in the boxcar at the B&O Railway Station East Liberty Street in Oakland, MD.  The bookstore is open now through October 7th on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM – 3 PM.


Featuring a full range of novels including current and past current fiction, classics, science fiction, mysteries and romance, End of the Line Books features something for everyone.  Non-fiction books available include history, current events, economics, sports, nature, religion, psychology and self-help books as well as books on home repair, gardening, cooking and more. Children will love the great selection of chapter books, picture books, ones for beginning readers and books to help home schooling families.


You’ll also find a nice selection of reference books and some large print books.  Depending on donations, the bookstore will occasionally feature audio books, CD’s, videos, DVD’s, puzzles and games.  No book costs more than $1.00 and many are less.


The bookstore was started as a way to solve the problem of too little space for book donations to be sold at the local library.  Originated by the recently deceased Marilyn Moors, then president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Elizabeth Huxford of the local Girl Scouts, along with former Oakland Mayor Asa McCain,  End of the Line Books has been recycling books and offering them for re-sale since 2004.


Patrons will notice new signage at the bookstore for this year.  In a cooperative effort between the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, the Town of Oakland and the Garrett Branch of AAUW, new signs were commissioned and produced by Deer Park Signs including a permanent sign at the end of the boxcar.  New promotional literature was also produced highlighting all the historical sites in what is known as Heritage Square in downtown Oakland.


Proceeds from the bookstore go to two organizations.  Girl Scout Troop 55004 serves girls from Brownies through Seniors from six schools throughout Garrett County.   In an effort to serve the community, they have donated thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to local charities and soldiers overseas.  Through their accomplishments they have achieved the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award.  Donations from End of the Line books help fund their activities and service projects.


The Garrett branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the second recipient of funds from the bookstore.  Locally, AAUW provides over $3,000 in scholarships to area women each year which can be used to purchase textbooks, pay toward tuition and more   AAUW is also the sponsoring organization for the newly formed Girls Empowerment Middle School (GEMS) Project.  “AAUW has been working for the past year to develop this mentoring program for middle school girls, specifically 7th graders, which we all remember as being a difficult time in our lives,” stated Linda Carr, Vice-President of AAUW and Mentoring Chairperson.  The program pairs local women with middle school girls who may need a supportive woman role model in their lives.  “We’ve had a wonderful response from guidance counselors and teachers, and we’re getting a good response from the community in terms of volunteer mentors, and we hope to continue growing the program into the 2017 - 2018 school year,” said Carr. 


If you're looking for a good book to lose yourself in this summer, stop by End of the Line Books soon.  Your purchase not only helps to recycle, every penny you spend goes to a good cause.  For more information on the bookstore itself or to volunteer with any of the sponsoring organizations, contact Linda Carr at lindacarr7125@gmail.com .



Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for STEM Building at Garrett College

 Garrett College is honored to announce the upcoming date for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Building. The Garrett College STEM Building is a renovation of the College’s existing Continuing Education building. The groundbreaking and related activities have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in Room 111 in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center Building located on the McHenry campus of the College. At 10:30 a.m., the official groundbreaking will take place outside of the Information Technology Building (Building #300), near the Bumble Bee Road parking lot.  A reception will immediately follow in Room 111.

Members of the community and general public are invited and encouraged to attend this special occasion for Garrett College and Garrett County. Please RSVP to attend by Thursday, May 25, 2017 by contacting the President’s Office at 301-387-3056 or email Marcia Knepp, Executive Assistant to the President at marcia.knepp@garrettcollege.edu.

Power of Possibilities 3.0 Spring Summit a Success!

Over 100 local and regional attendees took part in the third annual Power of Possibilities (POP) Spring Entrepreneurship Summit held at Garrett College on April 28. The goal of the Summit, as for all of POP, is to build community and individual competencies and success around small business formation, small business success and the art and science of entrepreneurial thinking. POP is a key driver of cultural change and opportunity development for all in our community.

Over its three-year history, POP has engaged over 1,300 participants, 50 participating local businesses as mentors and sponsors, and through the annual POP Business Plan Competition, has also engaged 60 business plan competitors that have generated 30 new businesses plans for the area. According to Mike Tumbarello, Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, “POP has had a significant and sustainable impact on our community. By demonstrating the possibilities available through entrepreneurial thinking and by helping new and existing business owners and managers build successful businesses, POP has emerged as a key component of our county’s economic development. We have literally been able to change people’s lives and impact their success.”

Attendees heard from local and national speakers. Some provided their start-up stories and tips for success, others shared their expertise in specific areas, such as web development, while others shared their experiences and best practices relative to community and business ecosystem development. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to work together to discuss and plan for some potential new businesses in the county, including a café, taxi service, a maker space and a skills clearinghouse for job seekers.

As always, the spring summit included the annual Power of Possibilities business plan competition awards luncheon, where winners of this year’s competition were announced. The third place award went to FIRST Team 1629 for their Lego spinner product effort; the second prize was awarded to Larry and Lana Roby for their unique BBQ sauce product that is already in-field. The first place winners, Chester and Trish Yoder won for their innovative “repurposing” of their farm for their Cider Haus concept. All came away with greater knowledge and with a honed, well-written business plan that will hopefully take their enterprise to commercial success. 

“We feel blessed to have been a part of the POP Competition, as it really helped expedite our planning process and get us to market fast! Frankly, it helped us more than we ever imagined,” stated Larry Roby, second place winner and owner of Chef Larry Lee’s 2 Thick 2 Squeeze BBQ Sauce. Readers should look for additional articles on the POP Business Plan and on the upcoming Mountain Maker Fest in coming weeks.


Garrett County Chamber Hosts Business Before Hours – Legislative Wrap-Up on May 16

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Legislative Wrap-Up at the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Wisp Resort, sponsored by The Greater Cumberland Committee and BB&T.

District 1 Senator George Edwards and District 1A Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be featured and provide their perspective on the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly. They will discuss legislation that passed, what did not pass and how businesses and Garrett County will be impacted. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a better understanding of what transpired in Annapolis.

The forum begins at 8 am with breakfast and networking, followed by the program from 8:30 am - 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 Nick Sharps at 301.387.5237 by Monday, May 15 to receive the advanced payment discount for members. 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. The topics slated for 2017 include: State of the County in July, Business & Industry Appreciation  and Tourism Update. Non-competing sponsorship opportunities are available for each forum. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nick Sharps at nick@garrettchamber.com or 301.387.5237

School of Rock to be offered at Garrett College

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a course, School of Rock, at the main campus in McHenry. The course is slated for Tuesdays, May 9 – June 27 from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

Do you love rock 'n roll and pop music? Do you play electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, or drum set and want to collaborate with others in your age group? Then, School of Rock is for you! This course focuses on learning popular music in a rock band setting. Students will need to have some experience (either formal training or self-taught) on their instrument of choice and will need to provide their own instruments. Topics include history of rock, instrumentation, and song literature. Students will work toward presenting a concert at the end of the semester. Ages 10-17.

The course is being instructed by Dr. Sean Beachy. He earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University. He has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. In addition to teaching both credit and non-credit courses at Garrett College, Beachy is a freelance composer and collaborative pianist. He is a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where he plays for the Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as students for recitals. He has recently been appointed adjunct instructor of composition at FSU and will begin teaching composition lessons this spring. He is also the church organist, A/V coordinator, and webmaster at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the above course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Town of Friendsville hosts third annual Town Library Fundraiser 5k Run/3K Walk Saturday May 27th.

The Town of Friendsville is hosting its third annual Town Library Fundraiser 5k Run/3K Walk along the Upper Yough on Saturday May 27th. Participants will have the joy of running or walking on this very scenic trail in the Wild and Scenic Yough River Corridor. The trail is a reclaimed railroad bed with tons of wildflowers, beautiful foliage, glimpses of whitewater and has a very gentle grade with some wet and rocky spots for added fun and adventure.

Cash prizes for the runners will be awarded as follows: $100 first place, $50 second place and $25 for third place overall. There’s also a $100 prize for the fastest female, a $100 prize for the fastest person in the 18 and under category, and a $100 prize for the fastest school team (fastest three from one team) and special prizes for the youngest and oldest runners. This is an official event of the Queen City Striders. who will be providing numbers, digital timing and support.

Non competitive walkers will have plenty to ohh and ahh over besides the beauty of the trail as there are some wonderful prizes just for them. Event organizers hope folks of all ages will come and have fun, meet new people and enjoy the beauty of this small river town. a town wide yard sale and used book sale will also be featured.

Coffee, water, fruit and even some baked goods will be provided for the runners and walkers and the first 50 entrants will receive a free t-shirt. Breakfast food can be purchased at the Rescue Squad or one of our town restaurants and the pub will be open for its traditional Muddy Bloody bar after the race.

Registration is $20 and forms can be downloaded at visitfriendsville.org and then mailed in or dropped off at the Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check in and same day registration will begin at 8:00am at the Northern Rescue Squad 320 Chestnut Street in Friendsville. Runners will start at 9am and walkers will start at 9:15am

For information call Karen at the Town Hall at 301-746-5919 or go to visitfriendsville.org

Spring Dedication to be Held at GRMC

Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, will celebrate the dedication of the new Robert and June Harvey Medical Pavilion in conjunction with National Hospital Week on Friday, May 12th.  Congressman John Delaney will join hospital staff and local community members for a ceremony and ribbon cutting honoring the generous donation of Robert and June Harvey and dedicate the completion of the new wing to the hospital.  The hospital will also be honoring the Grant family for the hospital Christmas tree on the front lawn, memorializing Bowie Linn Grant, MD, who was a physician at the hospital for many years.  The celebrations start at 11:00 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.

"The Garrett Regional Medical Center is an incredible asset to the community and I've been so impressed with the hospital's recent expansions and improvements," said Congressman Delaney. "You can tell that GRMC has made a difference in people's lives, because so many people care so much about it and want to give back, including Robert and June Harvey. It's a reminder that health care is such a fundamental issue, it touches all of us and all Americans and all Marylanders deserve access to quality care. I've been proud to fight for GRMC and I'm excited to join hospital staff for the opening of the new Robert and June Harvey Medical Pavilion and look forward to seeing up close the new facility."

Robert and June Harvey’s gift enabled the hospital to build a new addition that expanded campus of GRMC.  The new facility houses a state of the art Family Centered Maternity Suite, an extension of the Med/Surg floor, a newly designed Subacute Rehabilitation Unit, along with education classrooms for the staff and boardroom facilities.

“My husband and I had been considering different options to help our community and this seemed to be a wonderful opportunity to do that,” said June Harvey. “I am truly thankful and humble to be a part of this new addition to GRMC.”

In addition to the Harvey’s donation, Bill and Laurie Grant will also be recognized for the donation of a tree in honor of Bowie Linn Grant, M.D. Dr. Grant was a well known practitioner in the Garrett County community for many years.  The donation of the Christmas tree commemorates his spirit of giving and his dedication to the people of Garrett County.  GRMC decorates the tree every Christmas for the enjoyment of the hospital staff, patients and area residents.

“GRMC is very fortunate for the support from the community,” says Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “We are very pleased to honor Dr. Grant with a beautiful reminder of what he brought to this organization.  We are also very indebted to the Harvey family.  The Robert and June Harvey Pavilion is allowing us to expand the level of care and services that we provide to our patients.”

Holding the dedication ceremony during National Hospital Week allows GRMC to honor not only the community that supports the hospital, but the hospital staff as well. National Hospital Week has become the nation’s largest healthcare event.  It celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities.  This year’s nationally celebrated theme is “The Healing Heart of Healthcare”.  Friday’s ceremony will recognize GRMC’s 430 employees including physicians, nurses, administrators, information management specialists, laboratory technicians, plant operations personnel, housekeeping staff, food service workers and many others with a week full of special activities.


May Classes Announced for Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL)

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released the class sessions for the month of May. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The topic sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic identified.

Gettysburg presented by Jay Clark, features a four-hour course over two nights discussing one of the most important events of the Civil War. The session is scheduled on Tuesday, May 2 and May 9, from 6-8 p.m. on the McHenry campus of Garrett College, in Room 103. An overview of Gettysburg will be offered including what led up to the battle, the fight itself and the outcomes. Some of the major controversies surrounding Gettysburg will be covered including Longstreet and the second day, Pickett’s Charge and the idea that it started over shoes.

Back by popular demand are two dates for the ‘Soup and TED’ discussion group. Bring a dish to share and soup will be provided. Let’s have lunch, enjoy an interesting TED talk, and discuss the expert’s presentation. TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. We’ll be using YouTube to access some of the presentations of TED. Sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 10 at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Chris Wildesen will be the presenter for both sessions. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share (salads, bread, sides or desserts).

On Tuesday, May 9 and 23, join Katherine Lee for Crochet Time at the McHenry campus of Garrett College in Room 103 from 3-5 p.m. Take some time out of your busy day to socialize and work on your crochet project. This is not a ‘how-to’ class, but bring your crochet challenges and we can work on them together. Members are encouraged to bring their own crochet supplies and project.

An Exaline Windmill Tour will be presented by Jay Gasner on Thursday, May 11 from 1-3 p.m., for those who wish to learn how those big windmills produce electricity by getting up close and personal with them. Meeting location will be determined by members prior to May 11.

Rose Gordy, local author, will present her new book ‘Adrift in Waking Dreams’ on Tuesday, May 16 from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Members will have the opportunity to meet and greet and discuss her new book.

Spring time is social time! Back by popular demand, members will once again meet at Uno’s to enjoy a free-wheeling discussion of ‘Hot Topics’, while at the same time enjoying the company of fellow GILL friends over lunch. Members will meet at Uno’s on Wednesday, May 17 at 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.

A Wildflower Nature Stroll will be held on Thursday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. along river road in Grantsville behind Penn Alps. Members will take a relaxing stroll along River Road near the Casselman Bridge in Grantsville with Kevin Dodge, Professor at Garrett College in the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology Program, who will point out the different plants and wildflowers growing along the way. Members are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.

On Friday, May 19, members will meet at the Grantsville Historical Society. Gerry Beachy will present, Leo Beachy Photographs from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Leo Beachy documented quite a bit of Garrett County history with his photographs. Learn about the pictures and the man who took them.

Pearl Harbor presented by Jay Clark, is scheduled for Tuesdays, May 23 and 30, 6-8 p.m. in Room 103 of the McHenry campus of the college. Jay Clark is a former volunteer and park ranger at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. With the 75th anniversary of the attack just passed, a four-hour course over two nights is offered on the attack that drew the U.S. into World War II.  The events leading up to the raid, the attack itself and the aftermath will be discussed.  Some topics included will be the roles code breaking and radar played, the Japanese midget submarines and the myth that the U.S. knew beforehand that the attack would occur.

If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. All sessions are free for GILL members, but members must register in advance. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available online at www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.



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

      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.   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.

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

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