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Yesterday was dreary and rainy.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 41 and a low around 22.

Wisp Resort announced yesterday that General Manager Jerry Geisler will be retiring this summer after more than four decades at Maryland’s only four season resort. Geisler has been the resort’s General Manager for the past six years and has served as an executive at the resort since 1982 when he became Operations Manager. Best of luck Jerry!

The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library will be holding Kids Book Club this afternoon from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This is for children in grades four and five and is open to all.

What is the impact of drugs in Garrett County? Almost half of the inmates at the Garrett County Detention Center are there because of drug activity. The DFC Team is trying to solve the problem of drug use and abuse in Garrett County.

The County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their next public meeting on April 1st.  The meeting starts at 3:00 pm, but the public session starts at 4:00 pm, with all times being approximate. Here’s a link to the agenda.

Speaking of the county, pre-employment testing for Deputy Sheriff and Correctional Officer position applicants will take place on Saturday, April 6th, at 8:00 am in room 111 of the Garrett College GIEC. Click the link for more information including some pre-session action items for anyone attending.

While Garrett County is still very rural, it was even more-so in the past.  Here’s a historical photo (date unknown) looking east from Grantsville on Rt 40. Note the road is unpaved and there are limited buildings. Photo courtesy of Western Maryland Historical Library.

National Road Route 40 Looking East from Grantsville, MD Courtesy of the Western Maryland Historical Library

Calling all you potential Kings and Queens! The call is out for applicants for Autumn Glory King and Queen.  If you are, or know, a Southern or Northern Junior (that will be a senior next fall) make sure they know about this (and the submission deadline).  Here’s some more information. I would think this would be a really great experience for a local young person and it would also look very good on a college or job application.

The snow is finally melting and revealing many downed trees throughout the campground at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Consider replenishing your firewood supply before camping season begins on April 15th! Firewood permits are available for $20 per cord of wood (that’s a deal). Call 301.387.5563 for more information or stop by Headquarters to purchase your permit. Deep Creek Lake State Park, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561.

Here’s a list of April offerings from the Garrett Institute of Lifelong learning (GILL) of Garrett College:

Tour of HART for Animals – Tuesday, April 2nd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Members will be given a tour of the facilities, including the veterinary wing, deluxe boarding area, and the adoption wing for cats and dogs.  Learn about this business model that strives to use the profits from the vet and boarding side of the business to pay the expenses of a no-kill shelter.  Discover the volunteer opportunities, including: the Pick of the Litter retail shop, moving animals between shelters through the transport program, fundraising, and spending time walking dogs or playing with kittens in the adoption wing, as they wait for their forever homes.  Members who wish to bring a donation for the animals can visit for a list of needed items.  The cost to attend is $6.

Salt Cave – Friday, April 12th, 10:15 am – 12:30 pm

To carpool to Bruceton Mills, members are to meet at the Continuing Education parking lot in McHenry at 10:15 a.m.  There are only eight slots available, so members are encouraged to register in advance.  Since the early 19th century Europeans have visited salt mines or caves to promote better health.  Over 30,000 pounds of salt was imported from Pakistan to create the salt cave we will visit in Bruceton Mills, W.Va.  We’ll relax in zero gravity chairs, listen to soothing music and breathe the mineral saturated air for 45 minutes.  Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear slip on shoes.  The cost for this session is $20.

Garrett County Health Fair – Saturday, April 13th, 8:30 am – 12 pm, CARC Gymnasium

Visit the GILL table at the Garrett County Health Fair.  There’s no better way to stay healthy than keeping your mind engaged in new topics, make new friends while you enjoy social outings, and move your body by chasing one of Garrett County’s naturalists through the woods exploring nature’s wonders.  GILL is offering a health fair special for new members only– individuals can join and the $10 annual membership will begin immediately and run through June 2020.

Soup and TED: Environmental focus in honor of Earth Day – Thursday, April 18th, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Garrett College Southern Outreach Center – Oakland

TED talks provide a platform to individuals on a diversity of topics. The goal of TED is to spark conversation, connection, and community.  The talks are presented without bias and without a commercial, political, or religious agenda.  Bring a dish to share (soup will be provided). Come enjoy lunch, a TED talk, and a discussion of the presentation with Sue Fowler, featured presenter, and Bob Newman, featured soup maker.

 Painting Party with Countryside Canvas – Thursday, April 25th, 11 am – 1:00 pm, Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland

Join us for a fun painting party!  Members will choose one of two designs (Northern Lights or Red Sunflower) at the time of registration.  Each design is pre-traced on a 16” x 20” canvas.  Early registration is encouraged, as seats are limited.   This is a great experience for those who have always wanted to paint but have never tried, or for those who love to paint.  Dawna Rodeheaver will be providing step-by-step instructions for each painting.  Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty – aprons are great alternatives.  The cost for this session is $35 and includes materials.

NOTE for all sessions above: Registration is required.  If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.  More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting at or