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Wisp Resort Joins NSAA Climate Challenge

All five PGRI resorts have signed on for the industry effort to promote sustainable slopes When the National Ski Areas Association put out the call for member resorts to join in the NSAA Climate Challenge this year, Wisp Resort answered with a resounding, “Yes,” along...

Congrats to Healthy Families Garrett County Program

The Healthy Families Garrett County program received the 2019 Maryland Department of Health Exceptional Team Performance Award, which recognizes outstanding teamwork within a group of employees who made significant, observable changes, and accomplishments in public...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Luke Strong

Logan Ray Kitzmiller, trustee, United Steelworkers Local 676, representing workers at Verso’s paper mill in Luke, Md. (shared by Len Shendel) Luke Strong “It’s in the worst of circumstances that we are afforded the opportunity to see the best in each other and in...

50+ Years of Tree Farm for Local Family

Few families can say they have owned and managed the same tract of land through multiple generations and decades. The Bittinger-Helbig-Miller family owns 60 acres in southern Garrett County. The tract was originally owned by Lenwood and Wilma Bittinger, who placed the property under forest management with the Maryland Forest Service in the early 1960s. In 1964, they decided to enroll their property in Tree Farm, a special program that was established in 1941 to recognize landowners who practice good forest stewardship. The property was eventually transferred to the Bittinger’s daughter, Carolyn Helbig, and her husband, Richard (Butch) Helbig, who continued to manage their family forest. Today, the property is owned by Carolyn and her daughter, Theresa Miller. Theresa’s daughter, Makayla, is also involved in activities on the property, marking 4 generations of family forest management!

Through the last several decades, the family has harvested sawtimber and pulpwood from the property as well as conducted non-commercial activities to improve the overall health of their forest and enhance wildlife habitat value. Management practices they have completed over the years have removed poor quality trees, providing better growing conditions for remaining trees in their forest. This year marks 55 years of their participation in the Tree Farm program. Carolyn, Theresa and Makayla were recently presented with a golden 50 year Tree Farm sign to celebrate their family’s milestone. Presenting the sign was Melissa Nash, Garrett County Forester with the Maryland Forest Service.

Health Department Volunteers Honored

The Garrett County Health Department recently held a dinner honoring the volunteers who help spread their public health messages and make a positive impact on the health of the county residents. “As budgets continue to tighten, the contributions of our volunteers have...

Students from 17 Maryland Counties Win Awards at MD History Day

Nearly 700 middle and high school students gathered to present their extensive historical research at the 2019 Maryland History Day competition. The competition, held on May 12 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is the culmination of a year-long...

Members of Garrett County Groups Attend Summit

Garrett County’s prevention and treatment community was represented at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit held in Atlanta, Georgia in late April. Members of the Stand Together Garrett County Against Drug Abuse Consortium and the Drug-Free Communities Coalition...

Thank you from Northern High’s After Prom Committee

Northern High’s After Prom Committee would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that contributed to the success of this year’s after prom celebration.   Your donations helped our mission of providing a safe and fun environment for the students of Garrett...

ARC Creates Substance Abuse Advisory Council

Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC), a 24 member volunteer advisory group of leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education,...

A note from the County United Way Executive Director

On the heels of the local United Way campaign completion, it was announced that Luke Mill would close its operations leaving 675 individuals without jobs. Over the course of the next few days it was reported that for every single job lost, there would be an additional...

Health Department Celebrates National Prevention Week

The Garrett County Health Department joins the country in celebrating National Prevention Week May 12-18, 2019. This observance is dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and the promotion of mental health. The celebration brings together individuals,...

End of the Line Bookstore Opens for 2019 Season

The End of the Line Bookstore is open May 17 for the 2019 season.  End of the Line Books is a not for profit, used bookstore located in the boxcar at the B&O Railway Station East Liberty Street in Oakland, MD.  The bookstore is open May 17 through October 12th on...

From the County United Way Executive Director

On the heels of the local United Way campaign completion, it was announced that Luke Mill would close its operations leaving 675 individuals without jobs. Over the course of the next few days it was reported that for every single job lost, there would be an additional...

Rabies Vaccination Clinics Scheduled Throughout Garrett County

The Garrett County Health Department’s Environmental Health office has announced this spring’s low-cost rabies clinics for the vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets at six locations. No other animals will be vaccinated. The Garrett County Health Department will NOT...

GRMC Cancer Navigation Program Gets National Recognition

GRMC's Cancer Navigation program was recently flagged as a top innovative program for rural health in the United States through Rural Health Models & Innovations, a national collection of successful rural health programs and interventions created by the Rural...

U.S. Cellular Can Help Sponsor Local Youth Organizations

Local youth organizations can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular's Community Connections program. Now in its fifth year, Community Connections provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for expenses such as travel, equipment and uniforms. Since...

Garrett County Republican Women’s Meeting

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Garrett County Republican Women’s Club will host Dena Epenschied from the Leadership Institute.  The topic of Ms. Epenscheid’s presentation is “How to Grow Your Organization”.  All interested persons, regardless of political affiliation...

Taste of Garrett Race Up the Face Results

  Race Up The Face (the World's Hardest 400M Race -- a race up the Face ski slope at Wisp Resort) Official Results: William Heinle 4:11.39 King of the Hill Erick Anderson 4:45 Drew Hordubay 5:12 Jackson Hordubay 5:17 Maraid Johnson 5:20:13 Queen Of the Hill Brody...

“Fear Free” Care Now Available for Pets at HART for Animals

HART staff earns certifications to ease pets’ fear, anxiety during visits Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running? Pet owners won’t need to imagine it when...

Local AAUW Hosts State Convention

On Saturday, April 13th at Wisp Resort, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Garrett Branch hosted 64 women from 11 different counties throughout the state of Maryland, including five women from newly formed AAUW Frostburg State University branch for...

Environmental Health Monitors Water Safety for Swimmers

Warm weather is finally upon us and with that the start of the 2019 lake and beach season. Garrett County residents and visitors have access to five public beaches as well as two recreational water attractions. So what is the Health Department doing to keep these...

 

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