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No Cost COVID-19 Testing Sites

Garrett County Health Department drive-thru COVID-19 testing opportunities: Northern Middle School: 371 Pride Parkway, Accident, June 26, 7 am-1 pm Garrett County Health Department in the lot located between the Garrett Health Department and Mountain Laurel Medical...

Local Groups Working to Eliminate Food Insecurity

Garrett County Community Action is the non-profit that has been appointed to manage all local contributions related to COVID-19 such as homemade face coverings, food assistance, volunteer sign-ups, and cash donations. Community Action has announced nonperishable food...

GRMC Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Press Release Garrett Regional Medical Center celebrates 70th anniversary OAKLAND, MD The history of the hospital dates back to 1946, when George W. Loar, a resident of Oakland, left the town $135,000 in his will to be used for the construction of a county hospital....

Two COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Opportunities Scheduled in the County

NEWS RELEASE June 22, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Opportunities Announced for Persons without Symptoms By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team The Garrett County Health Department will be offering two “Drive-Thru” COVID-19...

Communities Participate in Physical Activity Challenges

Community Planning Groups across Garrett County are using alternative approaches during June to motivate their communities to increase physical activity. The theme for the overall project is “Every body needs physical exercise.” This physical activity program stresses...

Limited Re-Opening for Ruth Enlow Library

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is pleased to announce that we will be returning to our regular hours and welcoming patrons back into the building as of Monday, June 22, 2020. It is critical, however, to remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. ...

Garrett County Economic Development COVID-19 Information and Resources

Please visit www.gcedonline.com/covid-19/covid-19 for additional resources and news updates. Business COVID-19 Grant Funds Available: Funds remain available in the COVID-19 COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant (formerly the Kick-Start Grant) program and a new Personal...

Two Business Grants Now Available to Local Small Businesses

Two Local Small Business Grant Programs Now Available June 16, 2020, Oakland, MD – An existing grant program has been modified and a new grant program has been created to continue to assist Garrett County’s small businesses and their employees through the COVID-19...

Late Paul Weiler Honored by Garrett College Foundation

Late Paul W. Weiler honored with Dr. Jeanne H. Neff Award for Distinguished Service Weiler recognized for level of commitment, dedication and service  McHenry, MD – The late Paul W. Weiler was posthumously awarded the Dr. Jeanne H. Neff Award for Distinguished Service...

Chamber Announces 43 Recipients of Work Ethic Diploma

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Public Schools presented Work Ethic Diplomas to 43 Class of 2020 graduates from Northern and Southern High Schools. “On behalf of the Garrett County Chamber, congratulations to the 43 students in the Class of...

Ruth Enlow Library Summer Reading Challenge Begins!

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County begins its 2020 Summer Reading Challenge on June 8th! This year the theme “Imagine Your Story” brings to life stories of fairytales, fantasy, and folklore. All participants will receive a free book at their first visit and...

Baptist Church Donates to Law Enforcement

Leaders of the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church recently met with members of the Oakland City Police Department and the Garrett County Sherriff’s Office to present them with personalized gifts in recognition of their service to the community. The church...

DUI Checkpoint

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Garrett County, sometime during the week of 5/17/20 – 5/23/20.  The goal of the checkpoint is to reduce the number of drunken and drugged drivers on...

A Message from the Ruth Enlow Library

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is happy to announce that due to loosened restrictions in Garrett County, we will be providing curbside service at all branches on Monday, May 18, with the following hours: Main Library:  Monday-Friday 11:00-6:00, Saturday...

Roadmap to Recovery Will Be Slow Process

Garrett County leaders will follow Governor Hogan’s guidance to determine the time to implement his ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ plan which he released on Friday.  “The Governor’s plan isn’t designed to open everything at once,” said Garrett County Health...

Fentanyl Fast Facts Campaign Launches to Educate Public

By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department Fentanyl contaminated drugs are becoming an increasing problem in Garrett County. The Garrett County Health Department has launched a campaign, Fentanyl Fast Facts, to help educate the public...

Rural Maryland Council Opens Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Programs

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) is pleased to announce it is accepting letters of intent to apply for the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) for the Fiscal Year...

Online Portal Streamlines Local COVID-19 Donations

The Garrett County Joint Information Center is directing all questions and local offers of donations related to COVID-19 to Garrett County Community Action. The non-profit has been appointed to manage all local contributions related to COVID-19 such as homemade face...

United Way Meeting Needs Now and Tomorrow in Garrett County

We have suddenly been thrown into a new world. Preparations for the final stretch of fundraising for the annual United Way campaign in the early weeks of March quickly shifted to current needs and whether we can anticipate what those might be in May, July or next...

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...