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Ruth Enlow Libraries Closed until April 27th

All Ruth Enlow Libraries will now be closed until April 27th and all programs and events will be cancelled until May 15th. Again, there will be no fines given on materials during this time and you will still be able to put holds on items through our online catalog....

Garrett County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

The Board of County Commissioners has issued a Declaration of Emergency effective Sunday March 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM local time. This is due to the public health catastrophe and public emergency as cited in the Governor of Maryland’s Declaration of Emergency issued on...

Bear Markets Come and Go

Local investment advisor Edward Lytle sent us this piece on bear markets in recent history and the fact that while things can get bad, they will not likely stay bad. Basically, we should relaize that “what goes down” can and should, hopefully, “come back up.” Here’s...

TEDCO’s venture fund now open for investing

TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announced today that its Maryland Venture Fund Authority (Authority) has been appointed. Earlier this year, TEDCO announced that it opened a new online application portal to begin accepting applications from...

Attila Security Receives Investment from Maryland Venture Fund

Attila Security, a leading provider of solutions that help governments and enterprise secure access to their networks and data, announced today that it has received an investment from TEDCO’s Maryland Venture Fund (MVF). TEDCO participated in Attila’s seed round,...

As TEDCO Expands Its Executive Search 

TEDCO, Maryland’s investment engine for start-up technology and life science companies, today announced retired Major General Linda Singh as its interim Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO) effective January 2, 2020. Linda’s appointment comes at a...

First United Bank & Trust Holds Blanket Drive

First United Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, will be conducting a FLEECE BLANKET DRIVE beginning now through March 31.  All donations will go to the non-profit, London's Legacy.  Their mission is to...

Census 2020 Committee Preparing for Count

The Garrett County Complete Count Committee has been working for the last few months to ensure Garrett County is ready for the upcoming Census 2020. The committee is reinforcing the importance of a complete and accurate Census count and their tagline is “Garrett...

Garrett County Commissioners Considering Second Amendment Sanctuary

A group of concerned citizens recently approached the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department and The Board of Garrett County Commissioners to request a resolution to recognize Garrett County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. A Second Amendment Sanctuary County is a...

United Way of Garrett County at 50% of Community Impact Goal

Contributions to the United Way of Garrett County annual campaign currently total $35,000 toward the $70,000 goal. The organization provides dollars to human service programs in the community. United Way leverages donations by advocating for collaboration to reduce...

How to Drug Proof Your Kids Class Scheduled

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled a class to help parents and caregivers of children in grades 5-12 increase their knowledge of drug use in our society and learn how to empower their children to make the right choices. The How to Drug Proof Your Kids...

Garrett College Board rolls back tuition rate

The Garrett College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to roll back the tuition rate charged county residents, reducing the rate to $99 per-credit-hour for the 2020-21 academic year. The 9 percent rate rollback – from the current $109 per-credit-hour –...

Applications for fall Paramedic class available

Since 1993, Garrett College has been offering the paramedic course in Garrett and Allegany counties in Western Maryland, with over 175 students graduating as paramedics. A new cohort of students will begin training this fall and applications are now being accepted for...

Plan Ahead: Protect Your Family From Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending the United States prepare for possible community spread of the new coronavirus, also known at COVID-19, which is rapidly spreading in China, and has spread to several other countries. “We want you to know that...

GC to host high school dual enrollment sessions on Feb. 25, 27

Garrett College is hosting two high school dual enrollment information sessions on February 25th and 27th.  On Tuesday, February 25th, representatives from GC will be at Southern Garrett High School, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Media Center.  Thursday, February 27th, the...

DIY course, ‘Making Homemade Yogurt’ scheduled for Grantsville

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering a DIY course on making homemade yogurt. The course will be held on Wednesdays, February 26 to March 11, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Garrett College Northern Outreach Center located in...

Maryland Tourism Education Foundation Scholarships Available

The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Tourism and Hospitality scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to increase the skills and knowledge of Maryland’s tourism workforce. They may be used for post-secondary...

Ruth Enlow Library System Merger

The Ruth Enlow Library system is expanding by 28,000 titles! Allegany County libraries are joining the Polaris catalog, so customers anywhere in Western Maryland will be able to find and request items from any of the 3 counties with just a click of a button. Due to...

Library Offers Hot Spots for Checkout

The Ruth Enlow Library system is now offering portable mobile hot spots for checkout. For a period of time, patrons will be able to have internet access in their own homes through WiFi and tethering using these handheld rechargeable devices. Up to 10 devices can be...

No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Maryland

The recent outbreak of a novel Coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China in December is spreading throughout China and to other countries. There are important facts you should know. Coronaviruses are not new.  It is a family of viruses that can cause mild to severe...

A “Thank You” from the Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation

Many people contributed funding to the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation (DCWF) during 2019 and have been thanked individually.  However, the Foundation wants to take this opportunity to publicly thank the many businesses, organizations and homeowners who made an impact...

Fentanyl Deaths Increase Across the Nation, Including Locally

Across the nation overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes Fentanyl, increased almost 47% from 2016 to 2017. In Garrett County overdose deaths increased from 3 in 2018 to 7 in 2019, with Fentanyl related deaths increasing from 2...

Flu Season Off To An Early Start

This may be the earliest start of flu illness in the past 10 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  And, cases may peak as early as December this year instead of January, some experts believe. There is another different aspect to the...

Maryland Humanities Board Adds Garrett County Member

Maryland Humanities is pleased to welcome Mary Callis and Randy Ontiveros to the organization’s Board of Directors. Callis is the Executive Director of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and Ontiveros serves on the English faculty at the University of Maryland....