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The Cornucopia Café helps area students
The Cornucopia Café organized a highly successful donation drive for “It’s
in the Bag” in October 2016 and repeated it this August as a
back-to-school fundraiser. The Grantsville restaurant and their guests
helped the organization start the school year off with a bang.
“It’s in the Bag” is a weekend and holiday take-home food program for
at-risk elementary school children. This program, administered by the
Episcopal Church of Garrett County, seeks to fill the nutrition gap
between weekly school meal programs and the dietary deficit often
experienced by children over weekends and during school holidays. Each
Friday, backpacks are anonymously sent home with 250 qualifying children
from seven Garrett County elementary schools.
It costs approximately $280 per year to supply each child with a backpack.
That’s less than $7 a week to help a student to perform well by arriving
to school with a full stomach on Monday morning.
With the generous support of their patrons, The Cornucopia Café donated
over $3,000. If you would like to donate or volunteer with “It’s in the
Bag,” please call (301) 334-2510.
Sheriff Rob Corley
Announces No Shave November as Fundraiser
Sheriff Rob Corley has announced that the month
of November will be designated as No Shave November for the employees at
the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016 the Sheriff’s Office joined
forces with the Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police and the
Oakland Police Department to raise funds for the Garrett County "Police
Providing Presents Christmas Project". This program allowed
underprivileged kids to go Christmas shopping with law enforcement
officers. Last year countless donations were received by the community to
help fund this program and make it a huge success.
No Shave November will require each employee from
the Sheriff’s Office, 911 Center and Detention Center to pay $25 for the
luxury of not having to shave for the entire month. All proceeds will be
contributed to the 2017 "Police Providing Presents Christmas Project".
that will take place in December.
If anyone else is interested in donating to the
program, contributions will be collected at the Garrett County Sheriff’s
Office for the entire month of November. Please make checks payable to the
GCSO. Cash will also be accepted and receipts for donations will be
Participate in 2017 Maryland STEM Festival
The Ruth Enlow
Library will participate in the third annual Maryland STEM Festival with
official events scheduled at the Friendsville, Grantsville, Kitzmiller,
and Oakland locations in early November. These events are among hundreds
of community-based events showcasing STEM (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of Maryland. This
year’s festival spotlights agriculture and food production to emphasize
the significant influence of STEM in this field. “The University of
Maryland School of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the 2017 Maryland
STEM Festival Champion,” notes the festival website. “They will be
participating in many of our Ag related events this year.”.
Official STEM Festival events at local libraries are planned for the
following days and locations:
--Friendsville Library: Wednesday,
November 1, walk-in 2 – 8 p.m. Farmer Joe’s Scavenger Hunt; Wednesday,
November 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Regrow Your Groceries. Contact Michele at
301-746-5663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Grantsville Library: Thursday, November 9, 4 –
5 p.m., AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour with Google Expedition,
Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment, presented by Karen Wood,
University of Maryland Extension. Contact Hannah at 301-895-5298 or
--Kitzmiller Library: Tuesday, November 7, 10:30
– 11:15 a.m. AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour with Google
Expedition, Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment, presented by Karen
Wood, University of Maryland Extension. Contact Diane at 301-334-8091 or
--Oakland Library: Friday, November 3, 2 – 3
p.m., Scales and Tales presented by Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center.
Monday, November 6, 2 – 3 p.m., AGsploration and Virtual Reality Farm Tour
with Google Expedition, Milk in Motion: A Dynamic Dairy Experiment,
presented by Karen Wood, University of Maryland Extension. Contact Julie
at 301-334-3996 x0104 or email@example.com.
“Founded in 2015, the
Maryland STEM Festival has become one of the leading, if not the leading,
STEM event in the State. Through a ten-day series of community-based
events each fall (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks,
businesses, and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the
economic, educational, and cultural impact of STEM in Maryland,” notes a
“STEM is for everyone regardless of their
background or experience, STEM is the basis for everything we do, and most
importantly STEM is FUN! — The Maryland STEM Festival wants to bring that
FUN to every Maryland resident,” said Phil Rogofsky, festival director.
For more information on the Maryland STEM Festival, visit
Special Program to be Held on the
Archaeological Discoveries Found Along Route 219
Grantsville Community Museum annual dinner fund raiser will be held on
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6 PM at the Grantsville Senior Center, 125
Durst Court in Grantsville. Dinner reservations can be made with a $20
donation by calling Lynn Patton at 301-616-6126 or Sue Beachy at
301-707-7205. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 18.
The program will be given by Carol A. Ebright, a Senior Archaeologist with
the Maryland State Highway Administration. The program will be
Archaeological Discoveries Found in the Design of the New Route 219 at
Hilltop. Carol graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and
earned a Master’s degree from Binghamton University in New York. She
has research interests in lithic technology; Paleoindian, Archaic, and
Contact time periods; relationships between contemporary Native Americans
and archaeologists, and pre-20th century North American communal
societies. She has worked with the Maryland Department of
Transportation archeological projects since 1986. She has additional
experience in other parts of the United States on prehistoric habitation
sites of various time periods, prehistoric quarry sites, historic
farmsteads, and communal religious sites. Ms. Ebright was the 2007
recipient of the William B. Mayre Award for outstanding contributions to
Maryland archeology, and is a past president of the Archeological Society
The museum mission is to collect, preserve, display,
and interpret historical material supporting interest in past and current
events of Grantsville, Northern Garrett County, and the Tri-State Area.
The museum is in its tenth year and located in the historic First State
The museum is non-profit, and operated by volunteers
who help to keep the museum open to the public. Funds to maintain the
museum collection and operating expenses come from fundraising and the
support of the Garrett County Commissioners and the Town of Grantsville.
We look to you to consider becoming a friend and supporter and possibly a
volunteer of the Grantsville Community Museum. We thank all who have
supported us in the past and ask that you consider the Grantsville
Community Museum in your annual giving budget. Please take time to visit
our website at
www.grantsvillemuseum.org where you can donate through Pay Pal using
your credit card, debit card or your Pay Pal account. You can also mail
your tax-deductible contribution to: P.O. Box 413, Grantsville, MD 21536
or simply drop it off during your next visit to the museum.
LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER WORKSHOP
Garrett Regional Medical Center a Proud Affiliate of WVU Medicine and
the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better
workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett
Regional Medical Center Lower Level. The workshop is for individuals
currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
Look Good…Feel Better is a
national public service program dedicated to teaching women and teen-age
cancer patients the techniques to help restore their appearance and
self-image, and how to deal with the sociological side effects they
experience during treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists help with the
workshop that includes a 12-step skin and makeup program. Cosmetics for
the program are free of charge, courtesy of the American Cancer Society,
The Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association Foundation and the
National Cosmetics Association. The program is offered free of charge and
each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. For
those who cannot attend a workshop self-help materials including a video
and instructional booklet are available. Pre registration is required. To
register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at (301) 533-4366 or
Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at (301) 533-4133.
American History Series: World War II
Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College
announces the next in a series of classes exploring our nation’s history.
This class is titled, American History Series: WWII, which will be
held at the Oakland campus on Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, beginning
October 19 through November 9.
Through lecture, class discussion, and video,
students will explore the tumultuous years of 1939 - 1945, during which
the world experienced the suffering and agony of a war that resulted in
the death of over sixty million people, including 400,000 Americans. We
will discuss the important contribution made by America and its allies,
and, through the use of film, show the valor and heroic exploits of the
The American History Series is being taught by
Dick Carroll, who holds a M.S. in U.S. History from George Mason
University. He worked for the U.S. Government in the Intelligence
Field for 42 years and then for 8 years as a history instructor at
Northern VA Community College.
For additional information or to register,
persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce
Development at 301-387-3069.
People Training for Dogs Slated for
Garrett College Continuing Education and
Workforce Development will be offering a course at the Northern Outreach
Center in Grantsville, People Training for Dogs. The course is scheduled
for Wednesday, October 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
interact with dogs as their owner, caretaker, walker or sitter, groomer or
are employed or volunteer at a kennel, veterinary clinic, rescue or
shelter, then come join us for People Training for Dogs. Become better
informed about the best choices of breed and behaviors for a family pet,
identify the appropriate training and training methods for you and your
lifestyle and utilize the basic training methods when working with
problems and/or unwanted behavior issues. Learn new ways of communicating
with your pet and know how you may sometimes contribute to your pet's
misbehavior. This is an informative and fun way to learn skills and gain
insights to help you and your dog have a happy relationship. This class is
for HUMAN students only. Instructor will provide her dog for
The course is being taught by local resident,
Debbie Daniels. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for
year, and now is the owner of her own business in Garrett County called
Your Happy Tails LLC. To register for this course, contact Garrett College
Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. Course
registration fee applies.
Insurance Commissioner Warns of Phone
Callers Posing as Maryland Insurance Administration Staff
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. is
advising consumers to be wary of phone callers identifying themselves as a
Maryland Insurance Administration employee and asking for your insurance
Commissioner Redmer said, “We do NOT make unsolicited
calls to individuals asking for personal or financial data. We urge
Marylanders to call us or local law enforcement if they are contacted by
someone posing as a Maryland Insurance Administration staff member.”
you have questions, contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at
410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116. For assistance with any insurance issue,
visit the Maryland Insurance Administration at www.insurance.maryland.gov.
October 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, 3 - 5 p.m. beginning October 2. 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.
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.
information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing
Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. Registration fee
Herbs to be offered at GC’s Northern Outreach Center
Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland
Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Ten Easy Herbs, at the
college’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Class will be held on
Tuesday, October 3, 2-4 p.m.
Tried to grow herbs in the
past without any success? Take this course as an introductory
session to herb gardening. Ten easy herbs will get you started on the
path to successful herb gardening and help you gain the confidence you
need to grow anything.
The course is being instructed by Ashley
Bodkins who received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from WVU and an A.A.
degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College. She works for the
University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture
questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett
County. The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to
any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age,
sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion,
ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political
affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Anyone with a disability
that requires special assistance for participation in the program should
contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.
information on this course or to register, persons may contact Garrett
College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.
Course registration fee applies.
Library Co-Hosts Teen Sensory Event
The Ruth Enlow Library and Garrett County Family Support Services
will co-host a teen sensory and social event on Saturday, October 7, 10 –
11 a.m., at the Oakland Library, 6 N. Second St., Oakland, MD. This
interactive, sensory friendly program will include activities specifically
designed for teens that provide adaptive experiences based on multiple
learning styles. The program will provide an opportunity for teens to
relax, hang out and have fun, and participate in games and a craft. Video
gaming will be available after the program for the teens to enjoy.
The event is free and open to teens ages 13 – 21 years old. All students
must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
To register for this
event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or
GRMC prediabetes program celebrates success
A total of six participants collectively lost 101 pounds over the
course of four months as part of the year-long Prevent Type-2 Diabetes
Education Program at Garrett Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of WVU
Medicine. Designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to help participants build skills needed to lose weight and become more
physically active, the Prevent Type-2 program relies on motivation and
accountability through regularly held sessions that focus on weekly food
journaling, tracking at least 150 minutes of activity per week, and hard
work and determination.
“This program is successful because it
incorporates lifestyle changes that assist in lowering the risk of type 2
diabetes and improving the overall health of participants,” said Mitzi
Wiltison, GRMC Diabetes Education Coordinator. “The goals of the program
include learning how to eat healthy, adding physical activity to your
life, dealing with stress, and coping with challenges.”
of Maryland’s adult population has prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of those
with prediabetes nationwide are undiagnosed. The Diabetes Prevention
Program was developed by the CDC to address the nation’s daunting health
statistics. Research shows that losing even 5% of body weight and
increasing physical activity was effective in preventing or delaying the
onset of type 2 diabetes.
“Type 2 diabetes is a wide-spread
disease that can lead to serious, long-term complications, so preventing
it from developing in those at higher risk is imperative,” said Ruth
Chisholm, GRMC Registered Dietitian. “With the right advice and support
people at increased risk can take simple but significant steps to prevent
The course focuses on people whose blood sugars are
higher than normal, but are not high enough to be diabetic. Program
participants must have one of the following diabetes indicators: an A1C
(blood sugar) value between 5.7 and 6.4, a history of gestational
diabetes, or a score of 9 or higher on a pre-test for diabetes.
Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being 45 years or
older, being overweight, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, being
physically active less than 3 times a week, and having a history of
gestational diabetes. Certain races and ethnicities also have increased
risk for developing type 2 diabetes. An informational session will be
held on Tuesday, October 17th, prior to the start of the next “Prevent
Type 2” session. To register, contact Mitzi Wiltison, RN, CDE, at
301-533-4271 or Ruth Chisholm, RDN, LDN, at 301-533-4010. You can assess
your risk at
Garrett County Receives RWJF Culture of Health
For Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognizes Garrett County,
Maryland for its progressive, cohesive approach to community health
Garrett County, MD, is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of
Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize
honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents
have the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives. Garrett is the
first community in Maryland to receive this coveted award.
County is being recognized nationally for pursuing innovative ideas and
bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health.
Chosen from more than 200 applicant communities across the country,
Garrett County’s award winning efforts include the Community Action
Committee’s 2-Generation Program, Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Well
Patient Program, and the Garrett County Health Department’s
mygarrettcounty.com, a state-of-the-art portal enabling people throughout
the community to participate in discussions about health, work, education,
“We are very proud to have been chosen to receive this
prize,” says Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical
Center. “Garrett County has a collaborative spirit that permeates our
response to the challenges we face. When we look at what needs to be done,
or what we’d like to see happen, everyone comes to the table to help
figure out the best approach. That really defines how we look at health –
at the hospital, we rely on our partners in the community to inform our
strategic planning to help make sure our patients are getting the
comprehensive support they need. That collaborative essence sets our
“For the past five years, RWJF Culture of Health
Prize communities have inspired hope across the country. We welcome these
new eight Prize communities who are forging partnerships to improve health
for their residents,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO.
“There are now 35 prize-winning communities across the country that are
thinking big, building on their strengths, and engaging residents as equal
partners to tackle the problems that they see.”
Senator Chris Van Hollen noted that the prize acknowledges what has been
the case in Garrett County for a number of years.
to Garrett County on this exciting news,” Senator Van Hollen stated. “This
award recognizes on a national level what the families in Garrett County
already know – they have access to great health and community services.
Access to health care in our rural communities is central to the success
of our health care system, and is something I will continue to fight for.”
Garrett County will receive a $25,000 cash prize, joining a network
of Prize-winning communities that have their inspiring accomplishments
shared throughout the nation. The other seven winning communities are:
Algoma, Wisconsin; Allen County, Kansas; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Richmond,
Virginia; San Pablo, California, Seneca Nation of Indians in western New
York, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
To become an RWJF Culture of
Health Prize winner, Garrett County had to demonstrate how it excelled in
the following six criteria:
Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term
Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal
opportunity for health.
Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community
and making the most of available resources.
Measuring and sharing progress and results.
“This prize comes as
recognition of the fact that Garrett County thinks beyond the obvious,”
notes Bob Stephens, Garrett County Health Officer. “When we have
challenges here, we look at how the community can respond, using our
available resources. And when we have challenges that our resources can’t
necessarily address, we look at how to develop the resources we need. It’s
very gratifying to be named a Culture of Health Prize winner.”
Garrett County will join this year’s other Prize winning communities at
the Culture of Health Prize Celebration and Learning Event at Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey on October 11-12.
Learn more about Garrett County’s work, as well as this year’s
other Prize winners through a collection videos, photos, and more at
Loar Auxiliary hits
million dollar mark
The Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Loar
Auxiliary celebrated the milestone of $1 million dollars raised to benefit
GRMC medical services at an event held at the hospital recently.
The Auxiliary operates the Loar Gift Shop, which
is located in the hospital’s lobby and sells boutique items ranging from
fashionable clothing lines to cards, flowers, and snack foods for staff
Since its inception in 1951, the Loar Auxiliary
has dedicated its work to supporting and improving access to health care
at Garrett Regional Medical Center. Currently, the Auxiliary consists of
21 members, who operate the gift shop seven days a week.
“This is a celebration of the Loar Auxiliary
donating one million dollars to Garrett Regional Medical Center, but it is
also a celebration of the community’s support of our efforts,” said Molly
Hartung, Loar Auxiliary’s president. “That’s who has purchased all of the
items that, in turn, allowed us to do so much for Garrett Regional Medical
Center. The Loar Auxiliary cares deeply about this hospital and the care
provided here. We’re very happy to be part of making sure the people of
our community have the care they need.”
The event drew luminaries from the Garrett County
community, including Senator George Edwards; County Commissioners Larry
Tichnell, Paul Edwards, and Jim Hinebaugh; and GRMC Foundation President
Bill Grant. Numerous hospital employees also attended, many scheduling
their lunch hour to coincide with the celebration.
“The Loar Auxiliary has a rich tradition of
giving back to the community,” noted GRMC President and CEO Mark Boucot.
“I am truly humbled by the members of the Loar organization and everything
they do for us. They carry a great variety of merchandise, and it’s of the
highest quality. Because the gift shop is so well run they’ve been able to
support the purchase of an amazing amount of equipment as well as the
development of new medical services. We are truly blessed to have them.”
The medical equipment the group has donated is a
long list, and includes a CT scanner, surgical microscope, and laboratory
microscope. They also provided funding in support of the hospital’s WVU
Cancer Institute James and Shirley Bailey Cancer Care Center and the Wound
“The mission of our hospital states that we treat
our patients like members of our own family – the Loar Auxiliary truly
exemplifies that,” said Kendra Thayer, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice
President of Patient Care. “The support they have given us in bringing new
and expanded services to the people of our region is extraordinary – it’s
really too much to list. Congratulations – we are lucky to have you.”
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Loar
Auxiliary should contact Jessica Lucas, GRMC Volunteer Coordinator, at
Tenth Annual Festival of Trees - Nov 24 &
The Tenth Annual Festival of Trees will be held
at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on November 24 and 25. Start your day
with Breakfast with Santa on either Friday or Saturday for either 9 a.m.
or 10 a.m. and have a professional photo taken with Santa in his sleigh,
then decorate your own cookie at Santa’s Bakery. Spend as much time as you
want with the many free kids’ activities and the try out the Lego
robotics. Be sure shop for your friends and family for only $1 per
item at the Elfenheim Mall. Don’t miss a visit with our
numerous vendors for mostly hand-made unique gifts for family, friends and
YOURSELF. (Pay vendors directly.) And Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen,
sponsored by Sorrellee’s Pizza, is open all day until 5 p.m. on Friday and
4 p.m. on Saturday – Very reasonably priced and tasty food for the entire
family. You will also enjoy our new BUY ME NOW tables of holiday
items instead of the usual silent auction. No waiting! Treat
yourself to a $3 sundae you make yourself, sponsored by the fabulous
General Admission is $5 per person and Breakfast
is $10 per person ($5 admission is included). You can pay for
tickets in advance online or pay at the admissions area. We accept credit
cards and cash.
Hours on Friday are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours
on Saturday for all activities and vendors are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while we
set up for the live auction. Saturday at 4 p.m. we have live entertainment
for you, at 5 p.m. a cash bar will open; 5:30 p.m. will feature
complimentary food for auction bidders only, and at 6 p.m. the bidding
begins the exciting live auction. (Please be sure you have your bid
number to receive complimentary foods sponsored by Dutch’s at Silver
Everyone will enjoy admiring all the designer decorated
trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other creative holiday creations to be
bid on at our 6 p.m. LIVE AUCTION on Saturday evening. All proceeds
benefit Dove Center.
for details, and Designer Agreements for Trees, Wreaths, Centerpieces.
Agreement must be received to be printed in our program for visitors no
later than October 31st.
Bus Tour Planned
An all inclusive trip is planned to visit the
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts located in Hagerstown, Maryland on
Wednesday, September 27.
Garrett County Arts Council is the organizer of the trip that will provide
attendees a guided tour of the facility that houses an extraordinary
Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting,
preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of the four-state
region, the Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest
small museums in the United States.
The museum's collection includes over 6,500 works of art in the
fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region.
MFA also has an enduring commitment to arts education and the
support of regional artists.
Several special exhibits will be of particular
Southern Narratives is currently on display in the museum's
Bowman Gallery. One of
America's best known writers, Eudora Welty (1909-2001) captured the people
and spirit of the American South, in both words and images.
While employed as a publicity agent for the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), Welty took photographs in her free time.
Direct and often poignant, these photos illustrate the life of the
rural poor in the South and the effects of the Great Depression.
This exhibition of photographs is on loan from the Knoxville Museum
In addition to the Welty exhibit, a collection of
WPA era prints, on loan from the U.S. General Services Administration, may
be viewed in the Baer Gallery.
And concluding the celebration of the 85 years of the Art Education
programs at MFA, The Art of Life
is a collection celebrating the significant role that art education has
played at the museum - one of the mandates established by Anna and Brugh
Singer and William H. Singer, Jr., in their founding documents for the
museum. Museum art instructors
and their students' work is showcased in this juried display.
The GCAC tour begins with motor coach pick-up in
the Oakland Town Parking Lot at 8:00am.
A second pick-up will take place at the Grantsville Town Hall at
8:45am. Upon arrival in
Hagerstown, the group will enjoy a full lunch at Maloos at Park Circle.
During lunch, representatives from the Museum of Fine Arts, the
City of Hagerstown, and the Washington County Arts Council will briefly
address the group.
Following lunch, participants may enjoy a short
walk on a portion of the newly opened Hagerstown Cultural Trail.
This trial connects the City Park and MFA to the downtown Arts and
Several public art installments will be viewed including the spectacular
Mural of Unusual Size. The
Cultural Trial is part of the Community's City Center Plan, a 10-year
project for Hagerstown's downtown development and revitalization.
From the trail, the bus will drop participants at
MFA where they will enjoy a guided tour with the knowledgeable docents.
After the tour, free time is allocated for exploring the museum's
displays and gift shop at leisure.
The motor coach will return to Garrett County between 5:00 and
Registration can be
made by calling the Arts Council at 301-334-6580he or stopping at
The Gallery Shop, 108 S. Second Street in Oakland.
Cost for GCAC members is $ 75 and non-members will pay $85.
Deadline to register is Friday, September 22.
Garrett County Now Accepting Applications for Second Class
Organizers of Leadership Garrett County,
now entering the second year, recently announced that applications are now
being accepted for this year’s program. The program is developed and
managed by Garrett College in partnership with the Garrett County
Department of Economic Development. Leadership Garrett County is open to
anyone, but organizers are looking for those members of the community that
have shown promise as potential future leaders.
for this year’s program are well underway. Leadership Garrett County will
consist of six sessions, over the next seven months. The first class
will begin on October 11th, and the class will conclude in May. For best
consideration, all applicants are encouraged to apply by September 21,
2017, although all applications from individuals and sponsoring
organizations will continue to be accepted through October 5.
goal is to build a diverse class of about 20 emerging leaders from the
non-profit, for-profit and government sectors of the local economy.
Members of the leadership class will learn, experience, and bond together
over the next seven months and hopefully well into the future.
The Leadership Garrett County class will meet once a month for a full day,
with lectures on leadership from certified local trainers. In addition to
program content on leadership, each month’s class will include visits to
key Garrett County institutions in the arts, education, government, social
services, etc. Each class will also include meetings with county leaders
and discussions with those leaders and others. Graduates of the
seven month program will emerge as more informed, connected and effective
managers, leaders and citizens, and will, together with future classes,
help ensure a bright future for Garrett County.
One of the
positive attributes of the Garrett County program in addition to its
combined classroom and experiential learning format is the low price of
tuition, compared to other leadership programs across the state. With only
a $25 application fee and tuition of $395 for the program, Garrett’s is
the lowest priced program in the state. Limited scholarships are
The value-proposition of the program appears to have
been well received from last year’s inaugural class, with members
representing a variety of non-profit, governmental, educational and
Any organization wishing to sponsor an
employee, or any individual wishing to apply, or inquire about a
scholarship for the program should contact Connie Meyers, Director of
Professional Development and Contract Training at Garrett College, at
to Lead Yoga and Mindfulness at the Oakland Library
The Oakland Library will hold a “Yoga and
Mindfulness” program on Monday, September 25, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with
yoga instructor Sue McQuaid, who has been certified for 10 years in both
Hatha and Adaptive Yoga. She currently teaches at Flowery Vale on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. Registration is mandatory for this free program and spaces
are limited to 20 due to the size of the room. To sign up, contact Susanne
Kight at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or
This program focuses on centering oneself
and being in the present. Participants must bring their own yoga mat and
pencil and paper. Music will be provided by the instructor.
listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County
is available on the website at
www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at
College welcomes new faculty
Garrett College’s 2017-18 faculty will include
three new additions that President Richard Midcap said “strengthen what
was already an impressive group of talented, committed professionals.”
David Erbe (associate professor of adventure sports), John Taylor
(assistant professor of education), and Anna James (assistant professor of
English) all officially joined the faculty last week. Each indicated there
were many things that drew them to Garrett College.
“I like the
small class sizes, as well as the opportunity to work closely with my
colleagues,” said Dr. Taylor, who had been professor of health and special
education at Glenville (W.Va.) State College since 1999. “Working at
a community college also gives me more opportunity to focus on my classes
which is really the goal of providing a quality education to our
Dr. Taylor also has experience as a special
education teacher in both Preston and Marion counties, and has also taught
at Frostburg State University, West Virginia University and Potomac State
College. Dr. Taylor – who earned all five of his collegiate degrees,
including a doctorate in education, from West Virginia University –
indicated keeping in mind why teachers teach is critical.
should never lose focus on our students,” said Dr. Taylor, who will also
serve as the college’s program assistant in arts and humanities.
“Seeing a student learn, grow and mature over the time I work with them is
such a rewarding experience.”
James said the first thing that
attracted her to Garrett was the values statement on the college’s
“In particular were the three phrases ‘encouraging a
culture of appreciation for the power of knowledge, creating opportunities
to reveal brilliance, promoting ageless, life-long learning,’ ” said
James, who spent the previous seven years on the Southern West Virginia
Community and Technical College faculty.
“I was also drawn by
“recognizing diversity, fostering a sense of belonging, and fostering
innovation and creativity,” added James, who also served as an adjunct
instructor of English at Present Bridge Valley Community and Technical
College. “What dynamic and vibrant language pertaining to values
that was close to my own heart. I thought immediately: I want
to be a part of Garrett College.”
James earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree in communications and public relations from Eastern (Pa.)
University, where she won the Senior Thesis Award for Communications, and
a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Queens (N.C.)
Like Dr. Taylor, James is drawn to community college
“I have a heart for the types of students that
community colleges serve,” said James. “Because class sizes are
small, there’s more of an interpersonal relationship between faculty and
students, and I have a real opportunity to impact student lives.”
Erbe recently served as a field instructor for Colorado Outward Bound
School in Moab, Utah. He earned a Master of Arts in College Student
Development in the area of college outdoor program administration from
Appalachian State University in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of
Science degree in environmental science and technology from the University
Erbe said he is excited to be joining one of Garrett
College’s signature programs, which he said has value beyond its specific
“Through leadership and group experiences in
the outdoors, students learn about their strengths and weaknesses, which
is knowledge that can be applied to other areas of their lives,” said
Erbe. “Students develop their understanding of who they are and are
better prepared to step up to the challenges they will face in life.”
In addition to his field instructor experience, Erbe spent two academic
years as a graduate assistant in the outdoor program at Appalachian State,
and was also a teaching assistant in recreation management at ASU.
Pictured is Anna James, assistant professor of English, with Dr. John
Taylor, assistant professor of education. At the time of the photo, David
Eribe, associate professor of adventure sports (not pictured), was in the
field instructing students enrolled in the Back Country Living course.
Wiggle it… just a little bit!
Cindy’s Fund and Bentley Blythe
One of our local families needs our help as they
struggle to deal with the recent diagnosis of cancer in their four year
old son. Bentley Blythe, son of Brandi and Matt Blythe, who was
diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor and is being treated at St. Judes
in Memphis, Tennessee.
Because Brenda at Brenda’s Body Shop and
her dance members have been hit hard emotionally by the struggle their
friend Brooklyn (Bentley’s sister) and her family are going through, they
will be hosting an event called “wiggle it...just a little bit” and will
be performing with pool noodles at area events and at the Autumn Glory
parade. Half noodles will be sold at various locations and
businesses around town. The noodles have labels where people can
write a name in memory/honor of a special cancer victim. They are asking
people to purchase a noodle, write a name on it and wiggle it for Bentley
during the Autumn Glory parade.
We are asking local
businesses to purchase a bag of 20 noodles for a donation of $100.
The business can then give the noodles away to their customers, or sell
them for $5 a piece, which they can keep or donate back to Cindy’s Fund.
All monies raised will be given to Cindy’s Fund. They will dispense
the funds to meet the expenses of the Blythe family and all Garrett County
people with cancer. We hope you will join us as we team together to
help this family. Contact Sandy Bell at
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
Announces 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West
Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is
pleased to announce the 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. This year’s
Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours are sponsored by Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub
and Noonan and Noonan, LLC.Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud
affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn
Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic
routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, heritage sites
and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall
Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friend’s
Store, Friend Family Association Museum, Barn Quilts, Friendsville
Interactive History Tour, Mercy Chapel at Mill Run, Maryland Scenic Byways
and Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub. The Extended Tour Fall Foliage
Highlights include: Savage River Reservoir, Bloomington Viaduct, Melvin
Brown Botanical Gardens, Noonan and Noonan, LLC and Maryland Scenic
“We anticipate that this year’s foliage will be spectacular and
the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall
season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole
Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be
sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo
opportunities during the tour.”
Both tours are available online at
visitdeepcreek.com/pages/FallFoliageDrivingTour or stop into the Garrett
County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive
in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s). Garrett
County’s fall foliage begins in late September and peaks in mid-October.
For more information, please call the Maryland Fall Foliage Hotline at
In 2016, msn.com selected Garrett County as one
of the 17 places in the U.S. to see spectacular Fall Foliage and Southern
Living highlighted Garrett County’s fall foliage as the best place in
Maryland to view autumn leaves. In 2015 and 2016, Good Housekeeping listed
Oakland as one of 50 Small Towns Across America With The Most Beautiful
Fall Foliage. Also, from 2015 - 2017, USA Today featured Grantsville and
the Autumn Glory Festival as part of their 50 state road trip: Scenic
Drives around the USA. In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected
Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a
mention of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as
one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 - 2014.
more information on the detailed tour routes, accommodations, the Mountain
Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and the Garrett County Chamber
of Commerce’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto https://www.visitdeepcreek.com/50th-annual-autumn-glory-festival or
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West
Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which
supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance
and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that
preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.
As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and
private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural
resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense
of community pride.
Applications for Honorary Golden
Ambassador Applications Accepted
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is once
again seeking nominations from Chamber members for Honorary Golden
Ambassador. The person earning this honorary title has contributed to
tourism in Garrett County. Only in-county Chamber members may nominate
fellow in-county Chamber members for this prestigious title.
you are interested in nominating someone for this distinction, please
complete the attached form and return your completed form to me via email
fax at 301.334.8073 or drop off your completed nomination to the Garrett
County Chamber of Commerce located at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD
21541 by 5 pm on Friday, September 8th.
Previous winners of this
award can be viewed at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/Awards#gold.
The 2017 Golden Ambassador will be announced during the Autumn Glory
Kick-Off Reception presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on
Wednesday, October 11 at the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County
Fairgrounds. The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett
Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. Clear Mountain
Bank is the sponsor of the annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception and
Premier Power Solutions, LLC and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations &
Sales are the Kick-Off Reception Entertainment sponsors.
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County,
Maryland Continues To Experience Record Increases in Tourism
Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) was a record year for
tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with
a6.1% increase in county accommodations sales, a 7.4% increase in heads on
bedsand a 3.6% increase in sales tax collections. The Chamber attributes
much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with
concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
According to the
Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced
Maryland’s tourism growth. For Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30,
2017), Maryland grew sales tax revenues specific to tourism 4.1%, while
Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.8% during the same time
period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6.0% and
restaurant sales tax code collections 3.0% while Garrett County grew
lodging sales tax collections 8.7% and restaurant sales tax code
Garrett County experienced similar increases in
fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Maryland grew tourism
sales tax revenues 6.4% in fiscal year 2016, while Garrett County grew
tourism sales tax revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew
lodging sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew
lodging sales tax collections 9%.
“Tourism is an economic engine
for Garrett County and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to
churn out additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole
Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “The
Chamber, as the Destination Marketing Organization for the County, has
confidence in our marketing strategies and these stats validate that our
efforts are effective and yielding strong results for our community.”
The western-most county in Maryland, Garrett County is home to Maryland’s
largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only
ski resort, and Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two
recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere. Garrett County
is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington,
D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and
Hagerstown, MD and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland,
Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV To Be Grand
Marshal of Garrett County Maryland’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Autumn
Glory Festival presenter, is proud to announce weather personality Jon
Burnett of KDKA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Grand Marshal
of Garrett County’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature
Parade, sponsored by First United Bank and Trust. The parade will be held
on Saturday, October 14, beginning at 1 pm in Oakland. The Grand Marshal
is sponsored by the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) and the
town of Oakland, Maryland, and Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud
affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn
Jon joined KDKA-TV in September of 1982 as
co-host, along with Liz Miles, of “Evening Magazine.” In 1985, his duties
expanded to include co-hosting “Pittsburgh 2 Day” with Patrice King Brown.
In 1990, he was nominated for Pittsburgh’s “Man of the Year in
Communications”, and has been nominated three times for Mid-Atlantic Emmy
Awards for his work as a weathercaster and feature reporter. In 1984, Jon
won a Golden Quill Award, as well as a National PM Magazine Award in the
Outstanding Feature category, and in 1996, his hard work in the weather
department paid off when he took home an Emmy for Individual Achievement
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jon attended
the University of Tennessee on a four-year football scholarship and
graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater. Before joining
KDKA-TV, he co-hosted “PM Magazine” at WNGE-TV in Nashville, and prior to
that was a weathercaster/feature reporter at stations in Louisville, KY
and in his hometown.
Jon lives in O’Hara Township with his wife,
Debbie. They have two grown children, Samantha and Eric. He spends his
free time working with several organizations like Make-A-Wish, the Boy
Scouts of America and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Reserve (Jon is an
Eagle Scout and Honorary Deputy Sheriff). Whatever time he has left is
spent touring Pittsburgh highways on his motorcycle.
Grinder Pump Update
Following is some update information regarding
the proposed Grinder Pump Policy Change:
Kevin Null, Garrett County Administrator has
stated that "The proposed changes to the grinder pump policies have been
withdrawn and will not be implemented as proposed. However, we will
continue to seek alternatives to address the grinder pump maintenance
issues and encourage citizen comments and questions. The County will
continue to meet with stakeholder groups to develop a policy."
Also, an email from Patrick Hudnall, Administration & Environmental Chief,
Garrett County Dept. of Public Works, Utilities Division, states
that "...the Commissioners, in the August 7th Public Meeting, announced
they were shelving the proposed Grinder Pump Policy Change for the
immediate future. I have yet to have a chance to speak with them and/or
Kevin [Kevin Null, Garrett County Administrator] to get direction on how
the Department is to proceed. Accordingly, I am holding on further
discussion or response to the comments received until I have that
discussion..." Mr. Hudnall goes on to say that "...response[s] to ...
comments/questions...will be addressed when the County decides the correct
direction for this matter..."
Technology bolsters care for new mothers, newborns at GRMC
Pictured reviewing fetal
monitoring outcomes are Tony Amato, System Manager GE Centricity, RNC-OB
and Charlene Bennett, Director of Obstetrical Services, RNC-OB, BSN and
Garrett Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of
WVU Medicine, now provides remote access to fetal monitoring of new
mothers that enables physicians to remotely monitor their patients in the
GRMC Family Centered Maternity Suite during labor and delivery.
The system in use, Centricity Perinatal,
facilitates communication and patient monitoring at a level that allows
physicians to use a secure tablet or smart phone to see how both the fetus
and the mother are faring clinically. The system provides patient
information that is ongoing, allowing medical staff to stay abreast of
labor and delivery patients and stay ahead of any issues that may arise.
“This state-of-the-art technology is putting our
Family Centered Maternity Suite at the forefront of keeping labor and
delivery patients healthy and safe during birth and after,” says Kendra
Thayer, GRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Having fetal and mother vital signs
literally at their fingertips regardless of their location in the hospital
allows our physicians to access patient information and respond
accordingly as needed. This system provides a level of connectivity that
is making a significant difference in the lives of our patients.”
The Centricity system acts to prevent problems
from arising by keeping clinicians keyed into a patient’s vital
statistics. Labor can be a lengthy process; the three stages of labor –
early, active, and giving birth – can vary in length from a few hours to
more than a day. Because of this, clinicians traditionally are in and out
of the mother’s room, checking progress and monitoring both mother and
fetal health stats. This new system allows for that monitoring to be done
by the clinician even when that clinician is not providing direct care to
“We appreciate the support this enables us to
give our patients as well as the clinical record this system creates,”
notes Charlene Bennett, Family Centered Maternity Suite Charge Nurse. “It
documents fetal monitoring, vital signs, and health events as they happen,
along with the impact of our response as we react in real time. I think
this system gives families a sense of security, and supports the fact that
they are receiving the best care available. Our mission states that we
treat every patient like a member of our own family, and that’s the
philosophy we use as we implement new technologies and services.”
The system integrates alerts and reminders to
notify clinicians of protocols, automatically fills in patient information
that allows staff to avoid transcribing from hard-copy charts, and
provides a record of overall department activity that can be reviewed to
allow for improved approaches to care.
The Centricity Perinatal system is the latest
improvement in technology at Garrett Regional Medical Center.
“We are constantly looking at how we can improve
the care we provide,” says GRMC CEO Mark Boucot. “Hands-on care by
physicians that the community knows and trusts is the hallmark of Garrett
Regional Medical Center. The Centricity Perinatal system is the latest
tool that our clinicians can use to enhance the safety and health of our
newborns and new mothers.”
50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Set For
October 11 – 15, 2017
Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the
mountains as Garrett County, Maryland celebrates the 50th anniversary of
Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art
exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 11 – 15,
2017. The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett
Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.
for scenic Deep Creek Lake and Maryland’s only ski resort, Wisp Resort,
Garrett County is also home to the annual Autumn Glory Festival, a
five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local
fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide
variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.
Take in the
breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking
one, or both, of the county’s 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. Head
to visitdeepcreek.com or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the
full map and directions.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s
annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment
and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off
the festival on Wednesday, October 11.
Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and
concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues
with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits,
farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show,
corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and
drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin
chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide
variety of other activities.
The Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin
Championships, Friday at 7 p.m., features banjo and mandolin contestants
of all ages competing for top honors.
On Saturday, October 14, the Grand Feature Parade
begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, and bands increase the festival
atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of
Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the
Maryland State Fiddle Championship at 7 p.m.
Antique and Craft shows continue Sunday, joined
by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Race & Festival
on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands
Sundae eating contest at Lakeside Creamery.
In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected
Oakland, MD as one
of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of our
annual Autumn Glory Festival. The travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn
Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road
Trips from 2008 – 2014 and, in 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett
County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage. In 2013, the Travel
Channel listed Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory
Festival and our two Fall Foliage Driving Tours as one of the top ten best
Fall Foliage Road Trips in America. In 2016 and 2015, Good Housekeeping
included our Oakland, MD among the Top
50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage.
Autumn Glory also landed in the international
spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops
among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors
alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival
d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of
domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos.
“Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,”
noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the
Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands.
For more information about the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please
go to http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival
Welding and Machining Classes to Begin in September at GC
Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett
College will be offering Welding and Machining classes starting in
September. Both the machining and welding programs prepare students to
earn an industry-recognized certification upon completion of the class.
The Welding program consists of three classes; Preparation for
Welding, Welding One, and Welding Two. The Preparation for Welding class
is slated to begin on September 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Garrett College
Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident, Md.
are employed in almost every trade and work in a variety of locations
including below ground, under water, on high-rise buildings, and bridges.
Welding classes are held one to two evenings per week, and the time to
complete the program is approximately 10-12 months. Method of
instruction includes classroom time, hands-on experience in a welding
shop, and independent Computer-Based Training (CBT).
conclusion of the Preparation for Welding class, students will be able to
demonstrate standard safety procedures and earn an OSHA certification,
apply basic math to prepare materials, read a welding print to prepare and
complete a welding project, and identify the skills required to obtain and
retain employment. At the conclusion of Welding Two, students will
be prepared to take the horizontal and vertical American Welding Society
(AWS) Welding Test. Additionally, upon completing the welding
training program, students are also prepared to earn a credential through
the American Welding Society.
The Manual Machining program
includes four classes: Preparation for Machining, Job Planning, Bench Work
and Layout, Manual Milling, and Manual Turning. Classes are
scheduled to begin on September 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Southern Garrett
High School in Oakland, Md. Machinists are employed in a variety of
industries including energy, transportation, advanced manufacturing and
the production of specialty products. This training program is
designed to prepare students for a career in manual machining using
classroom instruction, computer based training, and extensive hands-on
Machining classes are held two evenings per week, and
the time to complete the machining program is generally 12-18 months.
Students have the opportunity to earn credentials through the National
Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) by completing individual classes
or the entire machining program.
For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett
College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3087.
Backflow Certification Training to be held at GC Northern Outreach
Garrett College, in coordination with Kruger’s
Training Academy, will be offering Backflow certification and
re-certification courses. Both courses are scheduled for September 6 - 8,
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville.
The purpose of this training is to fully acquaint apprentice,
journey, and master plumbers with the use, operation, testing, and
surveying procedures of backflow prevention in an effort to ensure that
potable water does not cause the spread of communicable diseases like
typhoid, infectious hepatitis, scarlet fever, polio, poliomyelitis,
This course addresses what backflow preventers
are, how they are tested, how they are installed and where they are
required. Upon passing the written and practical exams the student
is certified (if a licensed plumber in Maryland) as a Certified Backflow
Prevention Technician. Recertification is required every three years
to keep certification current.
David Hahn from Washington, DC will be instructing the training. He has
been testing backflow preventers for himself for over 30 years, and holds
ASSE, TREEO, and other backflow prevention course instructing licenses, as
well as Master Plumbing licenses in many jurisdictions.
For more information on this course, persons may contact Terry Beachy
at 301-895-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for
this course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce
Development at 301-387-3069.
Vacasa Launches in Deep Creek Lake by Partnering with Coldwell
Banker Deep Creek Realty
Vacasa, the second largest U.S. vacation rental management company, today
announces its entry into the Deep Creek Lake market, partnering with
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty to manage more than 40 vacation rental
homes. The real estate company will continue operating its long-term
rental management, homeowner association management and real estate sales
“This is an exciting partnership for us,” says Patrick Kane, owner of
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. “Vacasa’s cutting-edge technology and
services will enhance the management of our vacation rental inventory,
allowing us to focus on our core businesses, which are sales and listings,
as well as homeowner association management. This focused approach will
allow both companies to continue providing best-in-class services to
homeowners and guests.”
Founded in 2009 in Portland, Ore., Vacasa is a full-service vacation
rental management company that has grown to operating in 16 U.S. states
and 11 countries. The company’s proprietary dynamic pricing technology
adjusts rates in real time daily for each property, maximizing revenue for
its homeowners. The company also hires local employees in all markets,
providing on-the-ground support for guests and homeowners alike.
Vacasa currently manages 107 properties in Maryland and is excited to grow
its footprint in the region including Deep Creek Lake, an established
drive-to tourist destination with numerous seasonal attractions.
“Vacasa’s mission is to be in every market our guests want to visit, and
this partnership gives us the opportunity to enter Deep Creek Lake, a
beautiful and desirable vacation rental market,” says the company founder
and CEO Eric Breon. “We are proud to add the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek
vacation rental owners to the Vacasa community, and provide them with our
full-service model including marketing and booking, yield management
technology, and the support of local staff. Our full-service model has a
track record of increased bookings and revenue.”
To learn more about Vacasa or to book a stay, please visit
Vacasa is the second largest U.S. vacation rental
management company with operations in 16 states as well as Europe, Africa,
Central and South America, and South Africa. Leveraging industry-leading
technology, Vacasa drives revenue for homeowners and provides a seamless
experience for guests. Founded in 2009 and based in Portland, Oregon,
Vacasa has grown to more than 1,400 employees in eight years, has been
honored as the Oregon Better Business Bureau Large Business of the Year
and was ranked ninth on the Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies list. For
more information, visit
https://www.vacasa.com/ or on Twitter @vacasarentals.
Paramedic Students at Garrett
College Eligible to Sit for National Exams and Certifications;
Entering Second Year of Program
Students enrolled in the Paramedic program at Garrett College recently
completed their second semester. After completing 330 classroom hours and
175 clinical hours, these students are now eligible to sit for the
EMT-Intermediate exam with the National Registry of Emergency Medical
Technicians (NREMT). After passing this national written and practical
exam, they will be eligible to sit for the Maryland Cardiac Rescue
Technician (CRTI) exam to obtain state certification.
this group of students will enter in their second year of the program to
obtain their paramedic certification. This will include an additional 240
hours of classroom/simulation hours and minimum of 280 clinical hours and
national and state certification tests to obtain their National Registered
Paramedic (NRP) and Maryland Paramedic certifications.
College is the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
(MIEMSS) approved Advanced Life Support training center for region 1
(Allegany and Garrett counties). Students in this course currently work or
volunteer with EMS companies or fire departments from Maryland and West
The paramedic program is offered at the Garrett College
Career Technology Training Center located in Accident, Md. For more
information on the paramedic program at Garrett College, persons may
contact Doug Beitzel, Program Coordinator, at 301-387-3772 or
Ruth Enlow Library Participates in One
Maryland One Book 2017
The Ruth Enlow Library of
Garrett County invites the community to participate in this year’s One
Maryland One Book project – a program designed to
bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or
community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a
work of literature and participating in related events. The selected book
for 2017 is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Three book
discussions are planned this year: Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
for adults at the Accident Library; Monday, October 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m. for
teens at the Oakland Library; and Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. for
adults at the Oakland Library.
All events are free and open to the
public. Copies of the book are available at the Accident and Oakland
libraries for participants. To register, contact Kim at the Accident
Library (301-746-8792 or
email@example.com), Bonnie at the Oakland Library for the adult
discussion (301-334-3996, x0117 or
firstname.lastname@example.org), or Susanne Kight for the teen discussion
((301-334-3996, x0105 or
Krista McKenzie, Library Services
Supervisor of the Media Department at Frostburg State University, will
facilitate the adult discussions at both Accident and Oakland. A former
Instructional and Reference Librarian at Garrett College, McKenzie earned
her Bachelor of Science in English, Philosophy, and Secondary Education
from Frostburg State University in 2001. Several years later, she achieved
her Master’s in Education and an MBA from FSU, and in 2010, a Master’s in
Library and Information Science from Drexel University. A member of the
American Library Association and the Maryland Library Association,
McKenzie has presented at the local, state, and national levels and is a
board member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Maryland Humanities’ description of this year’s OMOB selection reads,
“Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged
life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring
family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely
shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her
tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although
her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and
tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country
begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to
their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a
life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the
shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter
rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the
family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones
together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional
turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright
promise of freedom.”
“Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the leading African writer of
her generation,” notes Maryland Humanities. “She grew up on the campus of
the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and left Nigeria for the U.S. at the
age of 19. Among her many accolades, Adichie was awarded a Hodder
fellowship at Princeton University (2005-2006) and a fellowship at the
Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2008, Ms.
Adichie earned a coveted MacArthur Genius Award.
Her work is read around the world, and has been translated into over
thirty languages. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth
Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange
Prize (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize), which is the world’s top prize for
female writers. Her 2013 novel Americanah has received numerous accolades,
including the US National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of
The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of the Year.
Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Most notably her 2009
TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the top ten
most-viewed TED Talks of all time, with over five millions views. Her 2012
TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists, has started a worldwide conversation
about feminism, especially after it inspired a song by Beyoncé. It was
published as a book in 2014. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a
Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
Ms. Adichie is committed to assisting young aspiring writers. As one of
her commitments, she leads an annual Writers Workshop in Nigeria, for
which applications come from around the world.”
One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading
project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book
at Maryland Humanities. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project
culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur
conversations in communities around the state. More information about the
program and author tours is available at
support for this program is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library,
the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany,
Garrett, and Washington Counties.
A listing of events and services
at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at
www.relib.net. Follow the library on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.
Artist James Michaels to Give Demonstration at August Adult
Artist James Michaels will demonstrate
color transforming techniques during the first 20 minutes of Oakland
Library’s Adult Coloring meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
The Adult Coloring program is held the 4th Wednesday of every month in
Oakland, and at other times during the month at the Accident and
“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 provide
all required items. To register for this event, contact Susanne at
301-334-3996 x 0105 or email@example.com.
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.
Library Starts World Coin Club
The Friendsville Branch of
the Ruth Enlow Library is starting a World Coin Club to meet monthly,
beginning August 30 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Designed as a free walk-in event
after school, the club is sponsored by Bob and Jennifer Pletta, who will
provide all supplies. Participants will receive free world coins for their
collections. For more details, contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or email
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
Spotlight on Daniel J. Crable, MD
Daniel J. Crable, MD, a family practitioner with over 20 years’
experience, is heading the medical team providing services at Garrett
Regional Medical Center’s new satellite facility located in Grantsville’s
industrial park on Corporate Drive.
Originally from Barton, Maryland, Dr. Crable comes to GRMC, an affiliate
of WVU Medicine, after having spent most of his career to date in a family
practice in Jefferson Hills, PA. His move to Garrett County marks a return
to his home region, where he will focus on meeting the medical needs of
people in Garrett County and the surrounding area. Services provided
include well checks, sports medicine exams, DOT physicals, and minor
outpatient surgical procedures including mole removals, lipoma surgery and
joint injections for bursitis and arthritis.
has always been home to me,” he says. “I care about the people of this
region and I share the same values many of them do. The people here are
hard-working and they’re mindful of their friends, families, and
neighbors. I’ve wanted to come back here for some time; to have the
opportunity to return and care for the people of my home area is a true
honor and privilege.”
Dr. Crable earned a bachelor’s degree from
Frostburg State University and received his Medical Doctorate from the
University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 1992. He is licensed by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the
Diplomats of the American Board of Family Practice.
practiced in the Pittsburgh area after earning his medical degree,
primarily at the Family Practice Medical Associates South in Jefferson
Hills, PA. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians,
the American Medical Association, and the Medical Societies of both
Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, where he was located. He served as a
Clinical Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from
1995 to 2000, and in numerous capacities at the Jefferson Regional Medical
Center, including Family Practice Section Chief and Chair of the
Department of Medicine. He also served on Jefferson Regional Medical
Center’s Bylaws Committee, Credentials Committee, and its Performance
Improvement Steering Committee. He was the Medical Director at the
Southwestern Nursing Center from 2012 to 2014, and was an instructor and
medical advisor at Washington & Jefferson University’s Clinical Care
Network prior to his move to Garrett County.
“Dr. Crable is a
welcome addition to our staff – we’re very pleased that he will be serving
Grantsville and the surrounding area,” notes Mark Boucot, GRMC president
and CEO. “His extensive experience in family practice brings with it a
wealth of knowledge and a well-honed ability to deal with patients in a
caring, thoughtful manner. Those skills coupled with his expertise in
providing care in a state of the art facility offers residents in the
northern part of Garrett County and our overall service area the best care
available. He’s a great fit with our community.”
Medical Associates of Grantsville, located at 32 Corporate Drive, in
February of this year. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5
p.m. For more information, call 301-895-8750.
Democrats For Garrett County: News
Democrats For Garrett County went all out for this years Garrett County
Agriculture Fair. Candidates for Maryland's 6th Congressional District
(ours) seeking to win John K. Delaney's vacated seat in 2018 made the
Democrat booth a priority. Candidate Roger Manno has been spending a great
deal of time in western Maryland meeting with regular citizens and groups
to discuss issues/solutions for our district that he plans to address at
the federal level.
According to Senator Manno, "the roots of most problems, in my opinion,
Winning the $50 Visa gift card from the Garrett County Democrats Fair
Booth was Mary Helen Spear, Swanton. Mrs. Spear elected to donate the gift
card to the Democrat Club to help with the 50th Annual Autumn Glory
Festival parade unit.
The next meeting for the Democrats For Garrett County will be on September
7 at 6:30pm at the Grantsville, Maryland Park, Pavilion 2. Hot dogs,
chips, and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert to share.
All are welcome to attend. For more information or to join the Garrett
County Democrat Club, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betty
Pritt, president, 301-334-9339.
First United Bank
& Trust Hosts 19th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice
nited Bank & Trust will host its 19th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice
on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 in the parking lots of the
Oakland Community Office at 19 S. Second Street and the Express &
Operations Center at 12894 Garrett Highway, Oakland. Items will be
available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event
will benefit Hospice of Garrett County.
Hospice helps our
community by providing personal and professional care to terminally ill
patients and their families throughout the county. Carissa
Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
of First United Bank & Trust, commented, “One of our top priorities has
always been our commitment to supporting the community and especially the
charities that serve our community.”
First United Corporation
operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.
The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany,
Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral,
Berkeley and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia. First United’s
website can be located at MyBank.com. As of 3/31/2017, the
Corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion.
Back-to-School Immunizations Offered
The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled two immunization
clinics in August to help parents meet the new immunization requirements
for school students.
The new requirements include: a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox)
vaccine for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade students; a single dose of
Tdap and a single dose of Meningococcal vaccine for all students entering
7th, 8th, 9th & 10th grade.
The clinics will be by appointment only, and will be held on from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 11 at 28 Hershberger Lane, Grantsville, and on
August 17 at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. Tdap, Meningococcal, and
Varicella vaccine will be offered free of charge regardless of the
student’s insurance status. There will also be no administration fee.
Parents are asked to bring a current copy of the student’s immunization
record. To schedule an appointment at either location, please call 301
334-7770 or 301 895-3111.
Gardasil® (Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccine) will also be available at
these clinics for age-eligible students. Gardasil® is recommended
for both females and males to prevent certain cancers caused by HPV
infection including cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers.
Gardasil® will be available at no charge for “Vaccines for Children or VFC
Program” eligible students which includes persons aged 9 to 18 years of
age with Medicaid, those uninsured, or those whose insurance does not pay
for the vaccine. There will be an administration fee for students
eligible under the VFC Program. Students with commercial health
insurance should bring a valid insurance card so their insurance can be
billed for Gardasil®.
All other school related vaccines will also be available if needed.
All insurances will be billed for the cost of vaccine(s) and
administration fee(s) and VFC eligibility will be determined during the
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty Wins Guest Bartender Challenge
for Animal Charity
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, a Deep Creek Lake franchise of
Coldwell Banker Global, hosted a guest bartender challenge raising $3,348
to benefit local animal charity HART for Animals.
Held on May 24 at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry, Coldwell
Banker Deep Creek Realty (CBDCR) agents took their turn behind the bar
serving up drinks with all tips benefitting HART.
Also, many on the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty team were on-hand to
help bartend or offer assistance with the raffles and silent auction
items. A special thanks goes to sales associate Ann Smith who was unable
to make the event but made a significant personal donation.
“We are always happy to work hard to benefit our community,” said Patrick
Kane, owner and broker for Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. “I’m proud
of our team for winning this challenge!”