Tuesday August 6

The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 and a low around 63. Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

A collective “awwww” … Pamela Miller shared this photo of a momma and her babies:

Pam Momma Nursing Her Fawns

This month’s “Where Am I?” photo contest is posted — make your guess!

Cancer Support Group is tonight at 6:30pm.

Ladies Lounge at Sipside is tonight from 3:30-9:30pm.

And, Solar Flow Yoga begins at 6:00pm at Roots: Yoga.

Do you have kids ready to head back to school? The Garrett County Health Dept reminds us that a single dose of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine is required for all students entering 7th through 12th and two doses of Varicella vaccine are required for students entering Kindergarten through 5th. Clinics are scheduled.

A “connect-a-dock” (seven 4 by 8-foot sections and two 45-degree angles) has been listed in our Online Marketplace under “docks”.

There is a Notice of Investigation issued by the MD State Fire Marshal — on August 2, 2019 there was a fire on Swanton Road. The primary cause is determined to be arson. Anyone with information is requested to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-766-3888.

Garrett County Health Department To Hold Back-to-School Vaccine Clinics

The Garrett County Health Department reminds parents of the required vaccines for school students.

  • A single dose of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine is required for all students entering 7th through 12th
  • Two doses of Varicella vaccine are required for students entering Kindergarten through 5th

These requirements went into effect 2013 as per the Code of Maryland, COMAR

They will hold two by-appointment immunization clinics for students in need of these vaccines for school entry. The first clinic is August 22nd from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the health department location at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. The second clinic is August 23 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Grantsville location at 28 Hershberger Lane, Grantsville.

Tdap, Meningococcal, and Varicella vaccine will be offered free of charge and there will be no administration fee. Parents are asked to bring a current copy of the student’s immunization record. To schedule an appointment at one of the clinics, please call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-5355.

Also available at these clinics will be Gardasil®, the Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccine, to age-eligible students. HPV vaccine is recommended for girls 9 to 26 years of age and boys 9 to 21 years of age to help prevent certain cancers caused by HPV infection including cervical, vulvar, vaginal, oral, penile, and anal cancers. Gardasil® will be offered at no charge for Vaccines for Children eligible students which includes those who have Medicaid, are un-insured, or whose insurance does not pay for the vaccine. There will be an administration fee for these students. Students with commercial insurance should bring a valid insurance card so their insurance can be billed for Gardasil®.

For more information call the health department at 301-334-7770 or 301-895-5355.


Wednesday June 12

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 53. Showers possible after 3am. Southeast wind 11 to 15 mph.

Wow. By photographer Gordon Fisher:


The Grand Opening for the Believe in Tomorrow home is today from 3-5pm. Stop by if you can.

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium is the Public Hearing on the Proposed FY2020 Budget. The public invited to attend and public comments will be allowed.

DID YOU KNOW? Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed?! There were 5 ticks in yesterday’s muffin photo…. sorry to ruin your breakfast! Advice from the CDC on how to prevent tick bites and protect yourself is here http://bit.ly/2WcRqnr.

This weekend, the BlueShift dance group is coming to Deep Creek to share a workshop, masterclass, and a performance. The workshop on Saturday (Into to Modern Dance for Non-Dancers) is open to the public, ages 13 & up and no experience needed.

2019 Art, Wine, and Beer Festival Tickets are available! Visit the festival website to buy tickets, register to volunteer and get your discounted volunteer tasting ticket, and to learn about wine pairing dinners and accommodation specials. The fest is on September 7!

Do you ever wonder what the current Lake water temperature is? We have you covered with our temperature gauge! The blue line is the water temperature and the red line is the air temperature.

Tuesday June 11

The weather today will be SUNNY! A high near 65 and a low around 49. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Today is the last day of school for Garrett County Public School students! Also, apparently it’s National Corn on the Cob Day and National German Chocolate Cake Day! Let’s celebrate!

Friends of mine, Bill and Sally, are avid birders and are sharing their morning bird walks — meet at the park in Friendsville at 8 am. Friendsville has a habitat is ideal for the yellow-throated warbler, Black-throated green warbler, yellow warbler, blue-gray gnatcatcher, great crested flycatcher, kingfisher, wood ducks, solitary sandpiper, Baltimore oriole, and more! Connect with them via the event link.

It’s Ladies Lounge at Sipside Lounge and Team Trivia at MoonShadow tonight!

Special shout out to Cash Vansickle for collecting donations for the adoptables at HART for Animals instead of presents for his 7th birthday! What a generous gift!

Here’s a photo of a poppyseed muffin from the CDC. Do you have any idea why? We’ll tell you the full story in tomorrow’s notes!CDC Lemon Poppyseed Muffin

Clear Mtn Bank has announced its annual photo contest! The bank is requesting photos of our local community — if your photo is a winner, it could be published in the 2020 calendar and you could win $50! Deadline for submission is July 31.

Check out this trailer video for Mark Stutzman’s upcoming Mountain Chautauqua Stories. This is a series of “digital films that illustrate a vibrant Victorian resort founded on Christian values, neatly nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Maryland. From the original founders of 1881 to the Chautauqua’s decline in the 1930s, director, Mark Stutzman assembles a collection of archived postcards, family photos, documents, and captivating interviews from historians, residents, and eye-witnesses.” The project is funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West, and the Town of Mountain Lake Park.

Monday June 10

The weather for today will be scattered showers (possibly a thunderstorm after noon) with a high near 69 and a low around 49.

“Through the Willows” was shared with us by @bstuck1 on Instagram.

@bstuck1 - though the willows at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tomorrow is the last day of school for Garrett County students! Have a great summer!

Garrett County Public Schools has announced the details of the summer feeding sites — please share with those in need.

There is a new opportunity for Appalachia through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) program. the program will support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy. Vist the link for more on how to apply by July 15.

There is a cancer screening program available for Garrett County residents ages 50-64 who are uninsured or underinsured and meet income guidelines. Breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, oral, and skin cancer are evaluated by local participating providers. Appointments are required — call the main number 301-334-7770 for more information.

The Garrett County Chamber has announced the 2020 Chamber Trip from March 21-28, 2020 will go to Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries! if you may be interested, mark your calendar and register for the trip preview on August 12.

If your church or if you know of a church doing vacation bible school, please send us a message so we can share the details on our calendar!

GCPS 2019 Summer Feeding Sites for Children Under 18

The Garrett County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
The Garrett County Board of Education would like remind parents that free meals for children 18 and under are available at the following locations:
Dennett Road School – 770 Dennett Road, Oakland, MD June 12th – August 23rd, 2019
Monday – Friday: Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:00 Lunch – 11:30 – 12:00

Liberty Mews – 451 Liberty Street Oakland, MD June 17th – August 16th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Lunch 11:00 – 11:20

Crellin – 57 Crellin Street Crellin, MD June 17th – August 16th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Lunch 11:35– 11:55

Garrett College (gym area) – 695 Mosser RD, McHenry, MD 21541 June 17th – August 16th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00
Monday – Friday: Lunch-12:00-12:30
*New* Mountain Village West – 175 Pysell Road, McHenry, MD 21541 – June 17th – Aug. 16th
Monday – Friday: Lunch 11:00 – 11:20

Friendsville Elementary School – 841 First Avenue, Friendsville, MD 21531 June 17th – Aug. 16th

Monday – Friday: Lunch 11:50 – 12:10

Grantsville Elementary School – 120 Grant Street, Grantsville, MD June 17th – August 16th,

Monday – Friday: Lunch 12:40 – 1:00

Loch Lynn – 319 Roanoke Ave. Loch Lynn MD (pavilion) June 17th – August 17th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Lunch 11:00 – 11:20

Deer Park – 198 Frank Custer Drive Deer Park, MD June 17th – August 16th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Lunch 12:45 – 1:05

Kitzmiller Community Park – 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, MD June 17th – August 16th, 2019

Monday – Friday: Lunch- 11:45 – 12:05
Oakland Town Parking Lot – 103 Town Park Lane, Oakland, MD 21550 June 17th – August 16th, 2019
Monday – Friday: Lunch 12:10 – 12:30, Wednesdays 11:00 – 1:00
Bloomington Park – 334 North Branch Ave., Bloomington, MD – June 17th – August 16th, 2019
Monday – Friday: Lunch 12:20 – 12:40
The menu can be found at the Food & Nutrition Services website at http://www.garrettcountyschools.org/Summer-Food-Service .
Don’t forget to download the new mobile app in the app store or at Google Play.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Friday June 7, Saturday June 8, Sunday June 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 and a low around 57. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 57. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 67 and a low around 59.

Today is national donut day! Glazed & Confuzed Donuts is doing a FREE cinnamon sugar donut all day! Tell em Deep Creek Times sent ya! 🍩

A group of road cyclists take on a climb near Deep Creek Lake, MD yesterday.

A Group of Road Cyclists Take on a Climb Near Deep Creek Lake, MD

Today is the Shawny Marley for Cindy’s Fund Lions Club Chicken Barbecue at the Oakland American Legion from 11am-7pm. Chicken dinners will be available for delivery to businesses, pick up or dine in at the Oakland American Legion.

Tonight is the Relay For Life of Garrett County United from 6:00-11:00pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds; honoring the strength and courage of every cancer survivor and lighting a luminaria for every life taken too soon.

The State Parks have several events, there is entertainment each night and there are many other events this weekend. To name a few: the Discovery Center at the Deep Creek Lake State Park will do an Aviary Feeding today at 2:00pm, tomorrow is a Board Game session at the Accident Library with the Mountaintop Table Top Club, and Sunday is Family Day at Spruce Forest Artisan Village.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is also the second Maryland License-Free Fishing day and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and tickets are still available!

The 2019 Spring DCL Property Owners’ Dispatch is posted here. The current topic is the Water Appropriation Permit (WAP) which governs how much water can be withdrawn from Deep Creek Lake for a variety of purposes. The WAP is renewed every 12 years by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and a renewal will take place this year.

A delegation from Garrett County travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional members and federal agency leaders on four priorities for Garrett County: (1) funding for the Oakland-Trout Run Combined Sewer Treatment Plant, (2) funding for Required Infrastructure Projects for Small Rural Municipalities (3) Better data of existing Broadband and funding for continued development, and (4) Market-rate Workforce Housing Development funding assistance.

Garrett College – President’s Office will be hosting the June Chamber Business After Hours next Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm.

Garrett County Delegation Meets with Congressional Members & Federal Agency Leaders

On May 23, a delegation from Garrett County travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional members and federal agency leaders on four priorities for Garrett County.

The delegation discussed:

(1) funding for the Oakland-Trout Run Combined Sewer Treatment Plant

(2) funding for Required Infrastructure Projects for Small Rural Municipalities including the Grantsville Sewer Treatment Plant, the Mountain Lake Park-Loch Lynn Water Distribution System Rehab Project and the Mountain Lake Park Stormwater Mitigation Project

(3) Better data of existing Broadband and funding for continued development

(4) Market-rate Workforce Housing Development funding assistance.

Issue papers on these priorities were developed and shared with officials and staff during the meetings. Garrett County’s delegation included: Mayor Peggy Jamison, Town of Oakland; Emily Newman Edwards, Town of Grantsville; Duane Yoder, Community Action; Cheryl DeBerry, Garrett County Economic Development; Nicole Christian and Holly Lane, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. The delegation met with Senator Chris Van Hollen, Representative David Trone, staff from Senator Cardin’s office and top leaders for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.  By all accounts, the trip was a success. Not only was the delegation able to promote and garner support for these community priorities, they gained insight on potential funding sources. The delegation is in the process of following up on outstanding items from the meetings. The trip was organized by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. The issue papers can be found on the Chamber’s website at www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/legislative.

Thursday June 6

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 71 and a low arounnd 57. Isolated showers before 11am.

Tonight is the Watershed Moments: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change event at the Appalachian Lab at FSU (6:30-8:30pm).

Purchase your tickets now for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on June 8th starting at 7:30 pm.  A a romantic summer program will feature works by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, with Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition finalist Yuliya Gorenman as soloist.

What’s New Around Town? Slopslide Market in McHenry just installed new Maryland Lottery machines. Also, The Rooster’s Nest restaurant is now open in Grantsville.

Garrett County reported the highest harvest numbers during regular spring and junior hunt seaons with 429 turkeys. Overall, Maryland hunters reported harvesting 4,002 wild turkeys.

Garrett College has announced their rescheduled Resource and Success Fair which will now take place at the college on June 25th. They have an interesting program for all impacted by the Verso plant closure, including information on job hunting, starting a small business, educational opportunities, financial aid and much more.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the award of 19 Community Parks and Playgrounds grants, totaling $2.5 million, to municipalities across the state. Garrett County was awarded over $158,000 to construct a walking trail, waterfalls and historical signage at the Leo Martin Memorial Park in Mountain Lake Park.

Governor Larry Hogan declared 2019 the Year of the Veteran and MD DNR has several programs and special rates for military veterans, active duty service members, and prisoners of war including:

  • Any active duty military personnel, Maryland National Guard member, or veteran can enter any Maryland state park day-use area without paying the entry fee.
  • If you are a resident of Maryland on active duty with the armed forces and are on leave with official leave orders, you may fish without a fishing license in Maryland.
  • A complimentary lifetime hunting license is available to Maryland residents certified as a former prisoner of war or a disabled American veteran.

Garrett College reschedules Verso Resource & Success Fair to June 25th

Garrett College recently announced the Verso Resource & Success Fair, originally scheduled for June 18th, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25th. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) building on the College’s main campus in McHenry.

According to Julie Yoder, GC’s dean of continuing education and workforce development, the event will be able to provide additional support and resource information to the Verso employees.

“We rescheduled the fair to better accommodate the Verso employees, as additional resources have been brought online in an effort to provide multi-point support and information to meet their needs,” stated Yoder. “The event on June 25th will focus on providing the insight, coaching and information employees are in need of to begin the next chapter of their lives.”

Several partner organizations will be in attendance to answer any and all questions, discuss educational and career opportunities, and address financial implications.

“Organizations and individuals will be at the event to speak about life after dislocation, career planning, educational opportunities, understanding unemployment and financial funding, and will also provide one-on-one interaction, questions and answers, and coaching,” added Yoder.

Representatives from GC attended the initial Verso Resource Fair, and look forward to hosting the upcoming event at Garrett College.

“The first Verso event was a great success and we were pleased to participate with other community organizations,” stated Mike Tumbarello, GC’s director of enrollment management. “By speaking to individuals impacted by the closure, we gained a better understanding of their needs and “pain points” and have structured the event on the 25th to address those.”

Tumbarello continued, “This fair is not only about traditional career or educational paths, but will encompass opportunities to learn about the many opportunities available for the short- and long-term steps necessary to have a “soft landing” after the closure.”

Specific, interactive workshops and program resources will also be available on the following topics: job searching, starting a business, certificates and degrees, social services, and career opportunities in the manufacturing, allied health and transportation industries.

This event is free and open to all individuals affected by the Verso closure, including employees, families, and suppliers. Free parking is available and refreshments will be provided.

For additional information on the Verso Resource & Success Fair on June 25th at Garrett College, please contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069 or the Admissions office at 301-387-3044.

Wednesday June 5

The weather for today will be cloudy with a chance of showers before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 71 and low around 60.

Thanks to Kendall Ludwig for sharing this baby turtle found at Herrington Manor State Park yesterday:


Mountain Fresh Producers Association sponsors a “Producer-Only” farmers market in Oakland. Fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, baked goods, crafts, jams, jellies, herbs, plants, flowers, and more today from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The newest Wildfulness podcast (#53) is posted: The Lost Art of (Wildful) Listening & How to Get it Back.

A second rabies case was reported for 2019.

Buy your tickets now for the Hidden in Plain Sight Club Night event to be held on August 24. Your $50 ticket admits one to the secret location for the fundraiser benefitting the Oakland A&E District. Tickets sold out well before the event last year.

We are counting down to RAAM! The bicycle Race Across America has riders passing right by Deep Creek Lake through Timestation 47. There are 39 solos riders of RAAM 2019 that will depart from Oceanside, California on June 11 and the team start (relay) will begin Saturday, June, 15. This year, solo rider Christoph Strasser will try to complete the race across the country in under 8 days.

Mountaintop Soccer Association (MSA) is extending the registration deadline for this coming fall soccer season until June 30, 2019. They have also extended the early-bird $50 registration fee through June 14, 2019. (the fee is $75 after June 14th). June 30th will be the hard deadline for signups.

Welcome to our newest advertiser, Glazed & Confuzed Donuts! Located at Funland in McHenry, Glazed & Confuzed is open Fridays 7am-2pm, Saturdays 7am-2pm and Sundays 7am-1pm until JUNE 13. Also, if you have an order for 4 or more dozen, you can get a custom order at anytime! 301-387-7134.

Get ready for this breakfast of champions on Friday! 🙂

Glazed and Confuzed Donut

Health Department Reports Second Rabies Case In 2019

Environmental Health Services of the Garrett County Health Department reports the second case of laboratory-confirmed rabies in Garrett County for 2019. On May 30, an altercation involving a raccoon and two dogs occurred in the Accident area. Both of the dogs are currently vaccinated against rabies.

The raccoon specimen was submitted to the Maryland Department of Health Rabies Laboratory on May 30, with positive results for the rabies virus being received on May 31. Following standard protocol, both dogs were immediately evaluated by a licensed veterinarian. The dogs will be closely monitored under the owner’s control for the next 45 days.

It is important to remember that if your pet is exposed to a wild animal, do not handle your pet within two hours after contact. If it is necessary to handle your pet, wear protective gloves and immediately wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. If you have been bitten by a wild animal that cannot be captured or exposed to an animal suspected of having rabies, seek medical treatment immediately.

Pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their dogs, cats, and ferrets. All dogs and cats are required, by law, to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age and can be vaccinated as early as three months. The Garrett County Health Department will hold the second and final series of low-cost rabies clinics for 2019 in September. All dogs, cats, and ferrets at least three months of age are eligible for vaccination. For more information about rabies or rabies clinics call Environmental Health Services at 301-334-7760.

Tuesday June 4

I’ll say it: it’s cold! I saw photos of a frost in Bittinger this morning. The weather today will warm up and be sunny with a high near 70 and a low around 56.

This photo is awesome – taken at Swallow Falls and shared with us by @mamaa_mel and @erin.cos on Instagram:

Today is the Lawyer at the Library event — offering free civil services. At the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Later this evening is a unique concert for our area — the group Wana Wõromaa Wunkorkestri (WWW) from Oakland’s sister city in Estonia will be performing at the Oakland Community Center. The concert is free.

Congrats, Grads! Northern and Southern High School’s held their graduation ceremonies over the weekend. Also, 32 students were honored with the first Work Ethic Diploma from our local Chamber.

Did you know? AERS is a Maryland Medicaid funded program that is available locally. AERS provides comprehensive evaluations for anyone 18 or older, and also for older adults and functionally disabled adults who need connected to resources, need long term care, or are at risk for institutionalization.

Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for more information regarding a boat fire involving four boats at Xtreme Power Sports in Accident over the weekend. Anyone with information is requested to contact 301-387-0437 or 301-766-3888.

Adult Evaluation and Review Services Connects Clients to Services

If you are an older adult, and you are working to help make ends meet, but your spouse needs some assistance during the day, what can you do?

Daphne Gooding turned to the Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS) program located at the Garrett County Health Department. The mission of AERS is to evaluate adults, or those with disabilities to find out what assistance programs they may qualify for in Garrett County.

“I don’t know what we’d do without all their help,” said Daphne Gooding. “I really don’t! People need to find out what support is available for assisting them in living the most independent lives possible. It means a lot to maintain the maximum possible independence.”

Daphne’s husband, John, really does pretty well with taking care of himself most of the time, but he just needs a little assistance. If he’s alone for more than a few hours he gets confused as to what time it is and what he should be doing. He just needs someone to come in occasionally and keep him on track.

AERS was able to connect John with a personal care company who schedules time with John during the critical times when he needs the help the most. His caregiver helps with daily tasks as well as light housework as needed.

The program also recommended a special medicine dispenser with locks and alarms for when doses are due.

“It was so hard for me to keep his medications straight, and impossible for him,” Daphne said. “Now the pharmacy delivers his filled dispenser each week. An alarm goes off when he’s supposed to take his next dose, and only that dose is dispensed. The rest of the pills for the week stay locked up. It works so well, and it keeps us from worrying if we are making mistakes with his meds.”

AERS is a Maryland Medicaid funded program that provides comprehensive evaluations for anyone 18 or older, and also for older adults and functionally disabled adults who need connected to resources, need long term care, or are at risk for institutionalization. AERS staff are nurses and social workers. They identify services that can help individuals either remain in the community, or in the least restrictive environment, where they are able to function at the highest possible level of independence.

A team member does a free evaluation of the clients medical and social services needs by doing a basic routine check-up, reviewing all of the medications, talking to their doctor, and determining the need for assistance. Team members then talk to the client and their family about services available to assist the patient.

“We spend a big percent of our time connecting patients to resources,” said Kim Powell, RN. “For example, we do our AERS assessment to determine needs, but then we do additional paper referrals for meals, glasses, dentures, etc. A considerable amount of time is also devoted to phone calls to medical professionals concerning client health history and needs. One of AERS goals is to prevent premature placement in a nursing facility.”

AERS also does the medical eligibility for Community First Choice/ Community Options Waiver programs which provide attendant care, equipment, etc. for Medical Assistance clients. The program also provides Nurse Monitoring/Quality Assurance for the Residential Service Agencies which provide the direct care for the clients who are receiving services under the waiver.

Visit the Health Departments website for a complete list of referral agencies and services: GarrettHealth.org/aers or call AERS at 301-334-7746.

Chamber Announces 32 Recipients of Inaugural Work Ethic Diploma

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Public Schools presented Work Ethic Diplomas to 32 Class of 2019 graduates from Northern and Southern High Schools.

“On behalf of the Garrett County Chamber, congratulations to the 32 students in the Class of 2019 that have earned their Work Ethic Diplomas,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber. “We are very excited to be recognizing the inaugural Work Ethic Diploma recipients. We are proud their strong work ethic and know that because of it, they will be successful with their career and/or college endeavors.”

The Class of 2019 recipients of the Work Ethic Diploma are:

Noah Aiken

Ava Ashby *

Cheyenne Bagley

Samuel Beeman

Dakota Bittinger *

Lindsay Brewer *

Emma Broadwater *

James Dean *

Lauren Derato

Dillon DeWitt *

Miranda Dillsworth *

Emily Frazee *

Harley Frazee

Laura Frederick *

Zach Gilbert

Kaitlynn House *

Skyler Hornby *

Tyler Johnson *

Jamie Kight *

Carsyn King *

Jessica McClurg *

Zachary Miller

Allison Morris *

Madison Richard *

Ana Rhoten *

Kyliana Sisler *

Megan Smith *

Sarah Smith *

Sierra Tichnell *

Bailee Upole

Bridget Weimer

Devin West *

Northern Class of '19 WED Recipients Southern Class of '19 WED Receipents

“Our graduates have learned the value of hard work.  This value will open the door of opportunity in the workplace, which will lead to the discovery of their talents and passions,” said Chuck Olsson, Chair of the Work Ethic Diploma program and Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for First United Bank & Trust. The employers of Garrett County look forward to supporting their growth as the leaders of our future.”

To qualify for a Work Ethic Diploma, students had to earn a minimum of points in the following criteria: Discipline Standard, Attendance Standard, Absence Standard, Work Experience, Community Service/Internship Project Standard, Overall Grade Point Average Standard, Team Work Standard. They also had to complete an exit interview.

Students were also given the option to earn points by submitting to a voluntary drug test provided free of charge by the Garrett County Health Department. The students with asterisks by their name opted to participate and tested drug fee, which is indicated on their Work Ethic Diploma.

The Chamber hopes that by promoting the fact that being drug free can help our young people secure a job and earn better money, they can help to combat the opioid crisis ravaging our communities.

“These students demonstrate the abilities and characteristics that employers in our community are seeking,” said Laura Fike, Chair of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force and Executive Director of Garrett Mentors. “We believe that the Work Ethic program is going to help businesses in determining quality candidates for open positions and we look forward to working alongside of them in our local businesses.”

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Public Schools launched the Work Ethic Diploma program in the spring of 2018 to address local workforce challenges by creating a pipeline of prospective employees who possess those quality attributes desired by employers. The Class of 2019 is the inaugural class and are guaranteed interviews and higher wages by the participating businesses. Full details on the program can be found at www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/WorkEthicDiploma.

Thank you to the 36 business partners for their commitment to these students. For businesses interested in learning more about the program, please contact Holly Lane at 301-387-6171 or holly@garrettchamber.com.

Ace’s Run Huey’s Ice Cream
Appalachian Crossroads Lake Life Boat Rental
Aquatic Center, Inc. Legacy Home Corp.
Bear Creek Traders McHenry Beverage Shoppe
Beitzel Corporation Monkey Business
Brenda’s Pizzeria Mountain State Brewing Company
Butler Painting & Remodeling, LLC Naylor’s Ace Hardware
Byco Enterprises, Inc. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Christmas Chalet Pillar Innovations
Cornucopia Cafe Ruth Enlow Library of GC
DCL Mountain Maids & Home Services Savage River Lodge
Deep Creek Marina Silver Tree Marine, LLC
Deep Creek Shop ‘n Save Fresh Splash Island
First United Bank & Trust The Garrett County Republican
Garrett Container Systems, Inc. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
Garrett Regional Medical Center The Tourist Trap
Grant’s Mercantile Tomanetti’s Pizzeria and Italian Eatery
Gregg’s Pharmacy Trader’s Coffee House