Renee Margocee: Redefining WV through investment in the arts (Opinion)

This op-ed was published in West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette-Mail on March 24th. I believe Ms. Margocee’s perspective can translate to Garrett County and our economy. — Sarah

As West Virginians, we are engaged in the urgent but elusive task of imagining a new economy.

Although some may feel that this task has been delivered to us, not fully by choice, it represents an opportunity to re-cast ourselves and our state in a form that is by our own choosing.

Re-imagining is what artists do, have always done. Art is one way of asserting who we are and what we value instead of accepting what others impose. It’s time that we consider, however, that the power of art might extend beyond re-shaping narratives. Art can be a driving force behind growing and sustaining a vital new economy.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, West Virginia’s creative industries already add $1.6 billion to the state’s economy. With more robust funding and support for artist entrepreneurs, that figure would be even larger. Greater investment in small, creative businesses offers the potential to spark economic transformation statewide.

The template for such a metamorphosis already exists. Across West Virginia, artists who have been the recipients of well-directed investment are living out that transformation as we speak.

Rosalie Haizlett, a West Virginia-based illustrator, has witnessed firsthand the enormous impact that a little technical assistance can have on an artist’s career and community. As one of the first participants in the Emerging Artist Fellowship through the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts, Rosalie benefited from business training, networking, and professional exposure that enabled her career to take flight.

She is now the proprietor of a thriving small business built solely upon her own art, which she sells throughout the United States. Her visibility has skyrocketed, winning her clients like Smithsonian, KEEN, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with a social media following of tens of thousands.

And her success hers alone. As Rosalie’s business grows, so do the returns it generates for her community and for West Virginia.

Rosalie is certain that she would not be where she is today without the early resources and support she received, and many of West Virginia’s most successful artists say the same. The Emerging Artist Fellowship is just one of many Tamarack Foundation programs that set artists up for success through all stages of their career, equipping them with the tools needed to scale up and turn their creative talent into significant revenue.

The Tamarack Foundation’s premise is that every artist is also an entrepreneur. Yet, existing business development resources often leave them behind. Should we continue to underinvest in our state’s creative entrepreneurs, it would be an egregious missed opportunity: there is no one, and no industry, better positioned to drive, grow, and sustain a new economy in the Mountain State.

The numbers, though lower than they could be, speak for themselves. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that, in West Virginia, creative industries provide 18,326 jobs and yield $919 million in compensation to West Virginia families. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts has found that rural counties with strong arts organizations provide residents with incomes up to $6,000 higher than in neighboring counties and have experienced triple the population growth.

Of course, arts and culture are also crucial contributors to West Virginia’s $4.6 billion tourism market. But the impact of creative entrepreneurs far exceeds that of the businesses they run. They are ambassadors for our state—improving quality of place and making communities more attractive places to live and destinations to visit—the results of which include increased population retention, employment, and tourism growth.

Arts funding is economic development, and an investment by West Virginia in its artists is an investment in West Virginia’s future

Friday April 9, Saturday April 10, Sunday April 11

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 66 and a low around 47. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then patchy drizzle after 4am. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday will be patchy drizzle before noon, then a slight chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 68 and low around 52. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 64 and around 45. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Drive around this rainy weekend and visit the 41 Garrett County barn quilts.

Barn Quilt Association Map

Congratulations to Commissioner Paul Edwards and High Mountain Sports’ Owner Steve Green! Both gentlemen were recently appointed to the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission (MORE) by Governor Larry Hogan. This commission is responsible for developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s outdoor recreation resources.

Help Hunter Get Outside! event will be held tomorrow April 10 @

Plan for Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department Wing Night Drive -Thru tomorrow April 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

FREE! Baseball/Softball Sessions for players coming up in developing their baseball/softball skills. This is for age groups 8-10 and 11-13 boys and girls.


Thursday April 8

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 47. Southeast wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Garrett College presented its Fiscal 2022 Budget Request to the Garrett County Commissioners on April 5, 2021 at their Public Meeting. Here’s a copy of the request presentation.

Also presented during the April 5, 2021 Public Meeting were the following GC Water & Sewerage Master Plan Amendment Maps.

Did you know? Individuals born after June 1, 1972 are required to have an approved Boater’s Safety card in their possession when operating a power boat in Maryland? Garrett College is offering the Maryland Boater’s Safety Course on April 17th and successful completion of this course will provide a Boater’s Safety card in one day. Click here to register for the course.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is constructing a new roundabout on eastbound Interstate 68 and U.S. Route 219, Chestnut Ridge Road, in Garrett County. Crews should complete the work within two weeks. Several detours will be in place. The roundabout is part of a larger project, to expand U.S. 219 to a four-lane divided highway between Interstate 68 and Old Salisbury Road.

Welcome to Deep Creek Times, AnnaBellePetuniaHead! Annie Simcoe is primarily a paper/mixed media artist making her own paper from plant materials gathered near her home. Check out a video of her sewing and design process here:

This piece is an example of one of Annie’s creations. I just love the details!

There’s an Introduction to Safe Drone Flying class online this evening from 7pm-8pm.

Hit the links! Our neighbors, the Alpine Lake Resort golf bears are waking up from a long winters’ nap and the 2021 season is underway tomorrow, April 9.



Wednesday April 7

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 and a low around 48. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.  Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Have you made your guess in the April “Where Am I?” contest? You can win a $25 gift card to Ace’s Run Restaurant.

Speaking of “Where Am I?”, do you know where this photo canvas is hanging? It’s at the Cumberland MVA – I recognized it as Deep Creek Lake right away! It’s not a view I have seen very often.

There’s good news today! NeuBeam announced the launch of service for their Table Rock Tower that allowed for the expansion of broadband internet to hundreds of previously unserved households.

Three Garrett County artists: Caroline Blizzard, Sonia Pratt, and Annie Simcoe were recently awarded the 2021 Independent Arts Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Penn Alps is back open for business! 11am – 7pm everyday! The buffet is back, too, for $17.99!

Have we mentioned the Mom’s Day Giveaway by Cashmere Clothing Co.? Submit your nominations for a special mom to get what she really wants for Mother’s Day – a family photo session in a flower field! The winner will receive a shopping experience with Cashmere Clothing Co, a cupcake bouquet by Mountain Flour Bakery, flowers, and photoshoot at Three Sisters Farm.


Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2021 Independent Arts Award Recipients

MSAC announced today that $266,000 has been awarded to 66 Maryland artists through the 2021 Independent Artist Awards (IAA). With this year’s awards focused on visual and media arts, 2021 awardees represent a wide range of artistic talents from all across the state, from painting, ceramics, and works on paper to digital media, film, and installation. Click here for the full list of winners.

“As Maryland continues to recover from the global pandemic, it is important to recognize just how important a role the arts play in our lives,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “As we look to brighter days ahead, we know the arts community will be there to help us reflect, heal, and celebrate. All the artists in Maryland contribute to this creative ecosystem. I want to congratulate all the awardees for their incredible contributions to the arts and our communities.”

This year’s awardees were chosen from a pool of 540 applicants through a public panel process. MSAC worked with 38 panelists, made up of multidisciplinary artists and practitioners from across the state, to review and evaluate each eligible application. Panelists received training on the IAA program, including scoring using a published rubric and implicit bias in the panel process.

Panelists reviewed all 540 eligible applications, which included 311 from Baltimore Metro region, 166 from Washington Metro region, and 63 from the Eastern, Southern, and Western regions.

Panelists then recommended 86 applications to move forward to the public Regional Panel Meetings for further review. From here, 66 were recommended for Regional Awards. See list below.

In addition to the recognition, awardees receive grants to support their continued artistic growth. 53 artists will receive a regional grant of $2,000 to recognize promise, and 13 artists will receive an award of $10,000 to recognize notable artistic achievement. Two state awardees, chosen from the $10,000 regional winners, were also named: Stephen Towns of Baltimore City and Mia Rollow of Prince George’s County will receive an additional award of $15,000 to recognize outstanding artistic achievement.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized by my artistic peers. This award gives me more motivation to continue the work that I have been creating,” says Stephen Towns.

Awardees will be highlighted during the virtual Maryland Arts Awards event at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Visit for more details.

In 2022, the IAA program will recognize artists in the literary arts, and in 2023 the awards will highlight the performing arts. Applications for the 2022 awards will be accepted beginning later this spring and due this summer.

Declaration Networks Announces NeuBeam Broadband Expansion

NeuBeam™, a broadband service of Declaration Networks Group, Inc. (DNG), announced the expansion of their commercial grade broadband network serving residents and businesses in Garrett County, MD and portions of the surrounding counties in West Virginia.  The recent network deployment includes leveraging advanced hybrid fiber and wireless technologies on the Table Rock tower, enabling NeuBeam high-speed internet service availability in the following communities: Redhouse, Pleasant Valley, Gnegy Church, and the surrounding areas east and southeast of the tower.

NeuBeam’s service expansion in the Table Rock area is the latest advancement of the award-winning public/private partnership established between Garrett County and DNG to provide broadband services with state-of-the art broadband network infrastructure delivering high speed Internet services to unserved or underserved homes and businesses in targeted areas of the County.  The initiative was developed by Garrett County and partially funded by a matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

“DNG continues to grow our networks to allow customers to ‘Connect to What Matters’, including work, online education, telemedicine, social media and entertainment,” said Bob Nichols, DNG CEO.  “The success of the partnership with Garrett County has established an innovative approach to sustainable broadband expansion in rural America.”

Paul Edwards, Chair of the Garrett County Board of Commissioners added, “The Garrett County Government broadband team is pleased to continue this unique public/private partnership. This collaboration with NeuBeam has allowed for much quicker deployment of resources and we’re excited to announce the new tower will bring broadband service to hundreds of homes in previously unserved areas.”

For further information regarding service availability, please call the NeuBeam sales office in Oakland, MD at 240-449-3360.

Tuesday April 6

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 69 and a low of 48. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Have you seen our chart that measures the surface temperature and ambient air temperatures towards the North end of Deep Creek Lake?

Mike and I are teaching a class with Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development. If you find yourself wearing the “marketing hat” for your business but don’t really feel prepared, this class is for you! Call 301-387-3069 and ask for more information on the scholarships available.


The Garrett County Health Department invites you to participate in a brief survey on medication storage and disposal. You may participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or older and live or work in Garrett County.

Watch how to “Level Up Your Meals” (part 2) with Haley Gillespie: Breaking away from the status quo diet that leaves most Americans prone to obesity and chronic disease doesn’t have to be an overwhelming feat. Small changes can add up to big health and wellness gains over time…

Join the Ruth Enlow Library on the second Thursday of each month as the library’s Adult Book Club gathers to discuss their latest read. Newcomers are always welcome! Please contact the Accident Branch Library at 301-746-8792 or email Kim at for details.


Monday April 5

The weather today will be increasing clouds with a high near 63 and a low around 46. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Planning your summer getaway? Railey Vacations just updated their summer featured rental homes list.

I thought this was really cool: I saw this artist, Lauren Kaplan Rutley, on Instagram. She painted a wonderful piece from a reference photo of Deep Creek Lake from an ad in Southern Living Magazine.

Lauren Kaplan Rutley Artist at Deep Creek Lake, MDLauren Kaplan Rutley Artist Reference Photo from Southern Living Magazine Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) asks you to share how your transportation behavior has been altered by the pandemic. Individuals over the age of 18 who have lived or worked in the state of Maryland since January 2020 are eligible to participate.

NOTE: all coronavirus vaccines are free. Please see this Maryland Insurance Administration advisory for more information and how to report potential fraud.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that Mike Tumbarello and I (Sarah Myers) started the Power of Possibilities initiative when we worked together at Garrett College. Wow… I believe that was in 2014…  Anyway, this business education, training and mentoring program is very near to my heart. The annual “POP” conference is this Thursday.



Maryland Insurance Administration Consumer Advisory – COVID-19 Vaccinations

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane reminds all Marylanders that they cannot be billed for COVID-19 vaccinations regardless of which vaccine they receive.

While the Maryland Insurance Administration has not seen evidence of attempts by providers to bill individuals for vaccine administration in Maryland, we are aware that in other states individuals have been charged for the administration of the more recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As set forth in the Commissioner’s December 15th Consumer Advisory, health insurance issuers must cover the administration of vaccines authorized by the FDA for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 without charge regardless of which vaccine you receive. The cost protections ordered by the Hogan Administration are broader than those afforded under the federal CARES Act, because they apply to all health plans that include vaccination coverage that are issued by health insurers in Maryland, not only the non-grandfathered ACA plans referenced under federal law.

Doses of the vaccine that are purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be provided at no cost. Vaccination providers are eligible to be reimbursed from an insurer or from the federal government when they administer the vaccine, but may not charge individuals.

As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated:

All organizations and providers participating in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program:

must administer COVID-19 vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient;
may not deny anyone vaccination based on the vaccine recipient’s coverage status or network status;
may not charge an office visit or other fee if COVID-19 vaccination is the sole medical service provided;
may not require additional medical services to receive COVID-19 vaccination;
may seek appropriate reimbursement from a program or plan that covers COVID-19 Vaccine administration fees for the vaccine recipient, such as:
– vaccine recipient’s private insurance company
– Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement
– HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for non-insured vaccine recipients
may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from the vaccine recipient.
If anyone attempts to charge you for a vaccination, please notify us immediately at 800-492-6116 or file a complaint online at:

For more information, visit the Maryland Insurance Administration’s COVID-19 Resource Center at Additional information about the Federal CARES Act can be found at

Garrett Regional Medical Center rated as Top 20 rural hospital in United States

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) was recognized as one of the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States in the annual ranking of rural hospitals compiled by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings are based on a rigorous assessment of patient data from hospitals across the country using the Hospital Strength Index.

Achieving the Top 20 ranking puts GRMC in the top 1% of hospitals designated as rural in the United States. The US has a total of 6,090 hospitals, with 30% of those serving rural communities.

GRMC, a clinical affiliate of WVU Medicine, was the only Maryland hospital to make the Top 20 Rural Hospital list as well as the only hospital in the region to achieve this recognition. For the past three years, GRMC has been recognized as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by the NRHA and the Chartis Center. This is the first time the acute care hospital has been ranked among the country’s Top 20 rural facilities.

“This is a tremendous recognition for our hospital, and our staff,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO at GRMC. “It’s the hard work and dedication of the people working to provide our patients with the best care and experience possible who have made this happen. I can’t thank our employees enough for their dedication to our patients and to our community. Our mission statement says we strive to treat every patient like family, and being named a Top 20 Rural Hospital is evidence of the fact that our staff lives that mission, every day.  Our medical staff is second to none!”

In determining the Top 20 Rural Hospitals in the United States, NRHA and the Chartis Center rated hospitals according to market share, quality of care, patient outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial efficiency. GRMC’s approach to providing patient-centered care relies in large part on three frontline councils that allow staff at all levels to have input on hospital operations. The councils – Patient Experience, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement – encourage input from frontline staff to help address issues throughout the health care facility.

The result is a hospital with a staff that is engaged, empowered, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure the patients and their families receive the care and respect they deserve. The staff’s dedication to quality care has resulted in the 55-bed acute care facility achieving some of the highest patient care ratings in the state of Maryland.

GRMC is the top-rated hospital in the state for reducing hospital-acquired conditions, and has had the lowest all-payer readmission rate in the state for the past five years. GRMC’s surgical site infection rate of 0.08% is far below the national average of 1.9%.

“Our hospital has achieved an impressive record over the last few years,” said Charles Walch, MD, Chief of Surgery.  “Our surgical site infection rate demonstrates our focus on safety and infection prevention, and it has greatly benefitted our patients.”

GRMC is also ranked in the top 50 hospitals in the United States for its low readmission rates for both COPD patients and for patients diagnosed with sepsis, and was awarded 5 stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in 2020.

“The accolades won by GRMC over the last several years show that the dedication of the people who work here is paying off,” stated Peg Kaiser, MD. “As a physician in our community I am proud to be on staff at Garrett Regional Medical Center. The staff we have is second to none.”

In addition to being recognized as one of the Top 20 Rural Hospitals nationally, GRMC was also recognized for its Maternity Services in 2021 by Newsweek magazine, and is the recipient of back-to-back safety grades of A from the Leapfrog Group, an organization that grades hospitals across the country on issues impacting patient safety and quality care.

“I moved to Garrett County a few years ago to practice family medicine with obstetrics. The high quality of OB care provided at GRMC was the cherry on top. Our statistics really speak for themselves. For instance, we have not had a c-section infection among OB patients since 2016, which really speaks volumes to the quality of care provided by our OB staff- the doctors, nurses, and aids. It truly is a team effort!” said Marlana Bollinger, MD, a Family Practice Obstetrician with the facility.

The hospital has also been named a Best Nursing Home for its Subacute Unit by US News and World Report for seven years in a row.  Not only is the care provided of the highest quality, it also amazingly consistent, noted Kendra Thayer, CNO & COO.

“The quality of care at GRMC is second to none,” Ms. Thayer said. “We focus on quality of care across all of our departments, clinics, and services. We were awarded 5 stars by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid last year; our staff’s attention to quality and consistency is one of the reasons why.”

Mr. Boucot agreed.

“All of this success is attributable to our staff,” he concluded.  “They make the difference because they really do treat patients like family.”

For more information about the hospital, visit


Friday April 2, Saturday April 3, Sunday April 4

The weather today will be mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Wind chill values as low as zero this morning. Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

We woke up to just over an inch of snow today. Have you heard it called the Robin Snow or something else?

Here’s a photo of the new Firewater Kitchen & Bar yesterday. Not an April Fools Joke!

Have a blessed Good Friday.

Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. According to the Baltimore Catechism – the standard US Catholic school text from 1885 to the 1960s, Good Friday is good because Christ “showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing”.

Mrs. Jean Tumbarello wrote the April Cover Story on non-profits and the pandemic: take a quick read.

We shared this blurb before but this United Way survey is ending Sunday. Will you take a few minutes to respond? Your responses are confidential: How has COVID-19 affected you?

One point of additional information: Mike reported a week ago on 91 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants. Our reader Linda clarified that Garrett County didn’t receive any of these funds because these grants have to be applied for and projects right now are limited due to COVID – which is the main requirement. In the past, several local projects, between $500 – $1,000 each have been funded through this program.

There is a scholarship for high school seniors looking to following the Emergency Management career pathway. Sorry, it’s last-minute but applications are due today.

It is bittersweet to be on my own with Deep Creek Times now but Mike and I are on good terms and will still be working together. I have some really exciting projects in the works for DCT! Please continue to share your photos, news, feedback, and love for this area with me — I love meeting each of you, seeing the fun you have, and sharing your stories! 😃

I hope you have a Happy Easter. There are a few egg hunt, dining, and church services planned this weekend.

Ledo’s Pizza at Deep Creek has a new menu: order online or stop in Sunday through Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm.

Non-Profits and the Pandemic

By Jean Tumbarello

It is no secret that the global pandemic has hit every person, every business, every community, the State, and the nation very hard. While some businesses have actually prospered as a result of the pandemic, others have faltered to the point of closing their doors forever, sending countless lives into a tailspin. The non-profit community has not been immune to the ongoing crisis. The organizations that have been a help and comfort to so many have found themselves in precarious financial situations with donations suddenly drying up as people tighten their belts to take care of their own needs.

Garrett County has many non-profit organizations that help every part of our community. Garrett Mentors, AAUW, Lions, Elks and Rotary clubs, Cindy’s Fund, Civic Club, DCL Watershed Foundation, the Humane Society, HART, the Lighthouse, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, House of Hope, GLAF, Garden Club, James Isaac House, Rescue Squads, the list goes on and on. Each of these organizations has seen big changes in the past year as fundraising efforts have been cancelled or dramatically reduced. Leaders of these organizations have had to get very creative to find ways to keep their services operational and help the people they serve.

As the vaccine rollout gains momentum and more of the population are able to get vaccinated, we are beginning to see a glimmer of hope as the weather turns warm and the countryside starts to green up. Non-profit organizations are taking advantage of people wanting to be outside, to see friends, and celebrate a little more freedom – even though we still need to wear a mask and social distance – by creating some new outdoor fundraising events and resuming some familiar ones.

The Civic Club of Oakland has been “in business” for over 100 years. It is probably one of the oldest non-profits in the county. The ladies of the Civic Cub have been helping the community in many ways ever since its founding in 1911. The club was started to clean up rubbish from the town of Oakland. One of its presidents, Dr. Lorilla Tower, was active in the suffrage movement. During WWII members rolled bandages. Today the club’s activities include operating a small thrift shop for clients of the Lighthouse, supporting veterans at the hospital in Martinsburg and making small favors for nursing home residents. The Club has adopted a portion of Highway 219 in McHenry to clean up trash along the roadside. In addition to all these efforts, the club also provides funding to local nonprofits in the form of small grants. The annual Antique and Makers Market raises money to fund the grants but last year, the event was cancelled because of the pandemic. With twenty-two organizations filing petitions for funding in 2021, the club’s board had to figure out how to make up for lost revenue. Just before the holidays, the club issued a ‘Then and Now’ cookbook based on recipes from the club’s original 1914 cookbook paired with their modern equivalents. Over the winter, members came up with a new fundraiser – the “Anything and Everything Goes” Flea Market to be held on May 1 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion in downtown Oakland.

The Antique & Makers Market, held on Autumn Glory weekend, is a more formal event with fine antiques and timeless handmade items. The Flea Market event will allow just about any (family-oriented) items to be sold – farm produce, antique & vintage items, home business, yard sale items. This is a one-day – three-hour event and all the proceeds will help with the grant funding for local non-profits.  “Vendor response has been really good – all the inside pavilion tables have been rented but outside spaces are still available,” said event chair Jean Tumbarello.  Vendors who buy an outside space need to provide their own tables and chairs and canopy. Space is on a first-come basis, pre-registration is encouraged. The cost is $15 until April 24. After that, the price goes up to $20 per space.

The Civic Club is only one of many nonprofit organizations trying to raise money to support their work. A few other events to look forward to – A ‘Derbytini” party on May 1 for GLAF, In June the Mountain Laurel Garden Club is resuming it annual Garden Tour. In July Mt Lake Park will be holding a Victorian Chautauqua. The Deep Creek Lions Club will be holding a boat sale, a boat parade on July 3, a poker cruise on Aug 15 and a new event- the Meshach Browning Pioneer Challenge on Aug 28.

These are only a few of the many events that will be taking place this year. Attending or participating in any of these events is a fun way to support local programs. Over the spring and summer check out our event page for many new and some old familiar events to support your favorite local charity.

For more information about the Civic Club Flea Market on May 1, email Jean at

Maryland Emergency Management Association 2021 Donald “Doc” Lumpkins Memorial Scholarship Program

Background: The Maryland Emergency Management Association (MDEMA) has established the MDEMA Donald “Doc” Lumpkins Memorial Scholarship Program to nurture, promote and develop future emergency management professionals by furthering the education of students studying emergency management and related career fields.

Purpose: To financially assist students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree in emergency management or a closely related career field.

Scope: Each calendar year, MDEMA will offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to eligible students in each of the following five geographic areas:

Area I – Western Maryland (Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties)
Area II – National Capital (Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties)
Area III – Central Maryland (Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties)
Area IV – Eastern Shore (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties)
Area V – Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties)


  • Members of MDEMA and their immediate family members are not eligible for the scholarship program. Immediate family members are defined as those who reside with MDEMA members.
  • Applicant must be either: – A senior attending an accredited Maryland high school who has been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university, and who plans to major in emergency management or a closely related field, or; – A student currently accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university who is pursuing a degree in emergency management or a closely related field.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the MDEMA Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in the emergency management field of study; however, students pursuing a degree in a closely related field may also apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on evaluation of a combination of the following: o the quality of the applicant’s essay o successful completion of the Local Emergency Management Contact Form; o evidence of community involvement; o student records; o unweighted GPA; and o personal references. Applications will be accepted in electronic format only. Applications MUST be received via email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Lady Lakers make strides this season

Garrett College’s Women’s Basketball team have been hard at work since early this fall, with many practices in preparation for this shortened season.  The Lady Laker’s record is currently 3-3.  “We have been improving as a team each game, and everyone on the team plays an important role,” according to Head Coach J.T. Lewis.

The Lady Lakers tipped off the season on the road against Allegany College of MD (AMC) winning 59-28.  Freshman Harmoni Swain lead the team with 14 points and 4 assists.

“She played well in her first game as a Laker, putting good pressure on the ball defensively and also pushing the ball offensively,” said Coach Lewis. “Kiara Cole (KC) looked like a sophomore doing a little bit of everything including putting up 9 points, and had 6assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

The Lady Lakers faced ACM in back to back contests and went on to improve their record to 2-0 with a score of 58-14.  Once again Harmoni Swain pushed the tempo on offense, getting to the rim, and putting up 16pts along with 2 steals.  KC added 8 points and had 14 rebounds.  Jazmine Moxley performed well with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

“She did a great job of getting the ball down low and stepping out and shooting from the outside,” said Coach Lewis.

The Lady Lakers went on to play WV Potomac State where the Lady Lakers took their first loss of the season. Maya Harvey lead the night with 20 points.

“We were hitting our shots, but went cold in the second quarter.  Potomac State did a good job of taking advantage of us being out of position with their good ball movement.  We got a lot of things to figure out, but I think we have a solid group that will improve game by game,” quoted Coach Lewis.

Jayana Paris-Reynolds and Kylie Felton have also contributed this season. Jayana is averaging 9.5 points per game and Kylie 8.3 points per game. Kylie also lead the board with 24 points in Garrett’s fifth game of the season again ACM.

The team has worked hard to improve their game which was witnessed in their most recent game with Potomac State. The Garrett College Lady Lakers held a 23-21 lead with 1:30 left in the first half. The Lady Catamounts went on a 5-0 run to go into halftime with a 26-23 lead. Potomac State went on a 16-0 run to start the second half to come away with a 69-57 victory at CARC Arena Wednesday night, March 17, 2021.

Invitation Emails Being Sent for COVID-19 Vaccine; Filling out Interest Form Does NOT Create Appointment

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department is in the process of sending out email invitations for vaccination appointments to Garrett County residents who have filled out an interest form and are currently qualified to receive the vaccine.
The email comes directly from the scheduling software, so it does not come from the Health Department. The email will be from Vaccination Clinics ( and the subject will say COVID-19 Registration Invitation. Please open the email and click on the link to schedule your appointment. Links are not shareable because they are designed to only work once.
“Some of the invitations are for a clinic on April 1st,” said Bob Stephens. “This is not an April Fool’s joke. We really do have a clinic on April 1st. We are making our way through the interest forms we have already received. If you have not yet filled out a form, please go to our website and sign up today. We will contact you when we have an opening for you to register. If you filled out an interest form, and then are able to schedule an appointment for a vaccine somewhere else, please let us know via the link on the GCHD website.”
The Garrett County COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form is available on and is easy to fill out. For those unable to access the interest form, call 301-334-7698 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for assistance. The form may be filled out by any Garrett County resident, regardless of their current qualification status.
NOTE: Completing the interest form does NOT create an appointment to be vaccinated. It may take several weeks, or longer, until participants are contacted to schedule an appointment because of limited vaccine supply.
Other vaccination sites in Garrett County include CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies who receive shipments of vaccine directly.
Additional COVID-19 resources
  • If you have COVID-19 like symptoms, schedule a testing appointment at the Health Department by calling 301-334-7697.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available (with or without symptoms) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit for more information.
For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.