What’s New Around Town
Mountain Maryland Mamas is a monthly podcast from two working Moms living in Western Maryland. Tune in for hot takes on the latest events, exciting happenings, insider tips, and adventures from Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland.
The Mountain Magic Candle Company, located in the Appalachian region of Western Maryland, is dedicated to creating products featuring delicate and alluring scents. As the business grows, they take pride in maintaining its commitment to using organic soy, toxin-free wicks, and clean-burning fragrances. The company believes that what is good for customers must also be good for the environment.
A message from the owners:
January 23, 2023: “We regret to inform you that we have decided to close down our business. The decision to close down was not an easy one & we enjoyed the relationships with our customers over the last 46 years. We would like to thank all of our customers that we have done business with over the years. Loch Lynn Restaurant could not have been as successful as it was without your loyalty.Sincerely, Sheila & Bridgette”
As a 12-month, Level 2 residential recovery program, Reflection House provides addiction counseling services and linkages to health and behavioral health services to women with substance use disorder in Western Maryland.
Jay Peak is announced as a new “sister” to Wisp Resort! Under the Pacific Group Resorts family, and located in Northern Vermont, Jay has been serving world-class skiing and riding to guests from the US and Canada for 65 years, and offers spectacular recreational activities year-round.
- Four (4) complimentary lift tickets for the 2022-23 season (blackout dates apply)
- 50% off additional day tickets for passholders
- 25% off day tickets for accompanying guests of passholders
- 15% off lodging and Waterpark Vacation packages (restrictions apply)
Season Pass Reciprocal Benefits: https://jaypeakresort.com/PGRI-SeasonPassholder-Reciprocity
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the dedication of 219 to retiring Senator George C Edwards.
JTF is excited to share some big news with all its fans. This winter, JTF and The Town of Grantsville, Md will be bringing ice skating back to Western Maryland.
Check out the new Zine Zone at the Ruth Enlow Main Library – if you’re interested in self-publishing something to share with the community, feel free to add it here or take one of somebody else’s – support Garrett County’s indie author scene!
ALL Produce and Gelato Co.… that’s right ALL Produce is getting into the frozen dessert business!! What’s Gelato you might ask? It’s Italian ice cream with less fat and less air (overrun) than American-style ice cream. The result is a richer, more dense frozen dessert packed with flavor!! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8th at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets to get the first taste and take some home!!
The Deep Creek Lake Lions is pleased to announce the formal opening of a new public disc golf course at the McHenry Community Park on BumbleBee Rd. The Glades at Meshach Run is a 9 hole, free-to-play disc golf course. Disc golf is similar to conventional golf, with throwing discs taking the place of balls and raised metal baskets taking the place of holes. The idea for the course began with Ryan Harlow and other local disc golf enthusiasts, who pitched the idea to the club as a fairly low-cost and maintenance new feature at the McHenry Community Park. The Club voted to fund the material side of the project, with the local group of disc golfers volunteering to build it. The Club and volunteer group also solicited sponsorships of $500 per hole in order to add high-quality tee pads to each hole.
Construction began on May 14th, and the volunteers were able to clear the tee pad areas and install all of the baskets. The course had a “soft opening” the next week, and over the course of the next 2 months, artificial turf tee pads were installed at each hole, and fairways were cleared and expanded during several more volunteer build days.
“The course has already been a big hit,” said project coordinator Chris Nichols,” even just by word-of-mouth and some social media postings, we are getting over 50 users during peak days. We’re delighted to see the public getting out and getting active at our park.”
The course has been a testing ground for use by the visually impaired, another of the Club’s primary service areas. Using a set of simple beepers activated by a remote, the Club has enabled the visually impaired to play a few of the holes of the course. The beepers are placed on both the target and a disc. The thrower activates the beeper on the target, allowing them to aim their throw. Once they have thrown the disc, another button on the remote activates a beeper on the disc, which allows the thrower to find it. The concept was successfully tested during the Club’s Blind Camper program this summer. The Club is investigating improving the system by adding a phone-based app and a pitch-changing beeper which allows the thrower to “see” the trajectory of their throw.
Volunteers who helped in the construction of the course included Ryan Harlow, Chrystal Stroud, Keith Raynor, Erika Raynor, Ethan Barney, Nichol Raynor, Samurai Scofield, Claudia Rieve, Derek Miller, Garrett Miller, Harrison Gold, Eric Gold, Pat Hamlin, and Paul Burkart.
Lions Club Members Chris Nichols, Mike O’Brien, and Jeff Pringle. Sponsors of the holes are the Family of Robert W Smith in his memory, the Allegany County Disc Golf Club, First Choice Barns, K&S Moulding, the Potensky Family, Keyer’s Ridge Self Storage, Zac Bietzel, and Jay Quiin – Real Estate Sales Agent, with a special acknowledgment to Ryan’s Disc Golf Stop.
The Club will be holding the Grand Opening of The Glades at Meshach Run Disc Golf Course on Wednesday, August 17th at 6 pm. An en-mass disc throw is planned to officially open the course to be captured by a drone video. Participants will be entered for door prizes, including Lions Club swag bags, Garrett County adventure maps, and discs.
The Club hopes to expand from 9 holes to 18 holes in the near future. We are looking for more sponsors to complete the additional 9 holes.
The Deep Creek lake Lions Club was chartered in 1972, and its mission is “To serve the community and visually impaired with a special emphasis on outdoor recreation” In addition to operating the McHenry Community Park, the Club holds the Blind Skier and Camper Programs in support of this mission. The Club will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Blind Skier program with a gala dinner on Feb 7, 2023. For more information on the Club, including how to donate, become a member, sponsor a disc golf hole or support a fundraiser, visit deepcreeklions.org or email DCLLIONS@gmail.com or call/txt 323 325-5466
Crews were able to complete the step of replacing the field lights on the Northern Garrett High School (NGHS) football field this past week. The lights were turned on for the first time Thursday, August 11, around 9:30 p.m. The lighting project upgrades the previous lighting on the field while being more energy efficient. The completion of the installation allows for the continuation of games as scheduled for the upcoming Fall ’22 season. This phase of the athletic field transition leaves the replacement of the fencing remaining to complete the project.
Additional photos are available in the full story on our website.
Let there be light! The much-anticipated step of installing lights on the Southern Garrett High School (SGHS) football field has been completed. Crews began setting up the light poles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, culminating with the lights being turned on for the first time on Wednesday, July 27, at 9:30 PM. The lighting project is a critical piece needed to allow games to resume a regular schedule for the upcoming Fall ‘22 season. This phase of the athletic field transition leaves the fieldhouse and visitor bleachers remaining to complete the project.
We hate to say goodbye so let this suffice.
As most of you may know our family has been growing across this country and we couldn’t be more excited. We have been dividing our time between Oakland and all-too-precious family time which brings us to a difficult decision. We are closing Sipside Lounge effective immediately and allowing ourselves to enjoy retirement, smell some roses and play with our grandchildren.
It has been an incredible experience these past several years and we are so grateful for the friendships we’ve made. It was a “love project” from the start but we never expected masks and rapid tests to complicate things. So many of our loyal patrons supported us and became friends through it all with a vested interest in our success. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sipside’s final few days saw us celebrate the life of our dear friend Bob Carney with a fundraiser, much music and merriment with friends and guests and fittingly with our local faves Phil Green, Douge & Eli Helbig strumming the last notes of a song at 10PM on Saturday night.
Our dedicated staff members, both current and past, have been invaluable. Everyone who worked at Sipside helped make it a special place and we thank all of you for that.
Whether from up the street or multiple states away, countless musicians graciously shared their own “love projects” both inside and out by the historic fireplace. Thank you for your gifts.
Our wish is that someone (hopefully younger and with more energy 😁) will want to continue providing Oakland its own one-of-a-kind meeting place. To serve this purpose we are placing the property and business up for sale soon with Betsy Spiker-Holcomb and Karen Myers of Taylor-Made.
Thank you again for all the kindnesses and support; fingers crossed it will continue in new hands.
With love and gratitude, Pat and Barb
– P.S. Flipside Sounds will NOT be closing as Pat and Bill are just having too much fun!
Deep Creek Detailing will be offering a mobile boat detailing service in the Deep Creek Lake area. They offer multiple specialized packages for all of your boating needs. The team will travel to your dock, use environmentally friendly detailing products, and make sure your boat is shining again. Feel free to call/text at 301-501-3212, or email to book your appointment.
Here is the schedule of The Travel Mug for this week! 6:30-1ish each day.
This 4th of July weekend, there will be a set up at Mill Creek & Company on 219 in Mchenry! Looking forward to seeing everyone!
The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club is pleased to announce the soft opening of Garrett County’s first public disc golf course, The Glades at Meshach Run. This free-use 9-hole course is located at the McHenry Community Park at 1249 Bumble Bee Rd Accident MD. Currently, baskets are installed and tee pads cleared. Permanent signage and turf tee pads are coming soon. Be sure to follow the Course’s Facebook page for news and events: https://www.facebook.com/thegladesdiscgolf
More information at: http://www.deepcreeklions.org/Disc-Golf-Course.html
Deep Creek Farmers Market had its grand opening last May 27! This is more than “just a market,” it’s an experience! Come on out for high-quality local food vendors, prepared food, family-friendly events, handmade crafts & one-of-a-kind products. There’s sure to be something for the whole family! Open Friday evenings from 3:00 – 7:00 PM, every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
We are happy to announce that the Casselman Market is officially open! The hours of operation are 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday thru Saturday. Make sure to stop by for our budget-friendly grocery prices and to grab one of your Casselman favorites like cinnamon rolls, sweetbreads, apple butter, and pies!
Pawn Run Bar and Kitchen is opening soon!
State Farm Agent Andy Nelson has opened an office right beside Shentel opposite of the Walmart intersection in Dr. Wolfes old office. Andy is taking over a part of Rob Michael’s previous book of business since Rob has recently retired. Andy plans to work hard to fill the shoes of Rob and continue his legacy of providing excellent customer support and integrity to the community. State Farm offers a variety of policies based on customer’s needs, and Andy and his team would love to help. Feel free to call them today at 301-859-4040
The Leigh Friend Solar Project is a new 3.2 megawatt DC (MWdc) community solar project located in Friendsville. With 9,300 ground-mounted solar modules, the project generates enough clean, renewable solar energy to power the equivalent of 405 homes per year.
State Farm Agent David Jochynek has opened an office in the Genus Center in Oakland, MD. He is taking over the book of business from the recently retired Rob Michael and plans to continue the legacy of community-oriented insurance services. State Farm offers a variety of policies based on customer needs, including financial services through partners at US Bank and Rocket Mortgage.
Elite Appalachian Development is a training service focused on improving the overall performance and athleticism of Youth Athletes. Now offering group sessions for middle and high school students at central gym location.
Ledo’s Pizza at Deep Creek Lake is opening a second location in LaVale at the former site of Pizza Hut along National Highway. Owner Mike Amezcua says they will be closing on the property around December 1st, and will rebuild on that site, beginning in April. The original Ledo’s Pizza at McHenry will remain open.
“The only thing good about 2020” .. a new restaurant accessible by boat opening mid-November. Located beside Ace’s Run Restaurant and Bar. “With limitless views of the lake our outdoor space has a sprawling 1700 sq. ft. deck featuring a 32 ft. linear, gas fire pit. It’s all built around the original inspiration… a delicious & diverse menu, craft beers & fresh-made craft cocktails.”
D’s Eats is owned and operated by Dalton Smith offering house-made seasonings and low-n-slow cooking techniques. D’s Eats offers pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausage subs, and hotdogs at 314 S. 1st St., Oakland MD 21550￼￼￼, right next to the town parking lot. Check their Facebook page for their schedule.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has initiated the MD 39 (Hutton Road) bridge replacement project at the crossing of the Youghiogheny River (GA1975180). The purpose of the project is to address the deteriorated condition of the existing bridge in accordance with the goal of keeping Maryland’s Transportation System in a state of good repair.
www.thetinycornerbikeshop.com opened the weekend of Autumn Glory on October 8! Located in Oakland, the shop will offer repairs, apparel, parts, and tools, as well as new and used bikes. Also, there will be rentals starting in April 2021.
The Buther Block is under new ownership! Now known as Farm 2 Table Direct, selling free range, grass-fed animals that are raised traditionally. Learn more by calling 301-334-4140 or visiting http://www.madhunterfarms.com/.
Ari’s Pizza is under new ownership! “Come for the homemade hand-tossed dough and special sauce…and stay for the amazing food & friendly service!” Monday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 9pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm. Stop in or order online at https://arispizzaandwings.com/
The newest title company at Deep Creek serves all of your real estate needs. Using the latest technology in title work; they will keep you up to date. Competitive rates for a variety of services. Call 301-687-2198 or visit http://laketitleco.com/
Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has opened a new primary care facility on Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland. Garrett Family Medicine will provide comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The new practice is located in the same building that previously housed the primary care practice of Dr. Daniel Miller, who recently retired
Located at the Oakland Golf Course, Shrimp on the Barbie is a steak, seafood, & BBQ Restaurant open to the public. They currently have 50% indoor air-conditioned seating and patio seating around the building… Come and experience some Aussie Hospitality…
In efforts to keep members and the public safer, you may notice a couple of new street signs on Third Street in Oakland. These warning signs will help the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department when leaving or returning to their station.
Rolling Racks BBQ is a concession trailer in the process of becoming a fast casual restaurant specializing in grilled chicken, barbecued ribs, various sides served with homemade breads and desserts. A sample menu is pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, BBQ Ribs, and 1/2 Chicken. They will also be doing meat ball subs, Italian Sausage sandwiches, smoky bacon cheese burgers, and prime rib sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for open hours.
A grant was awarded to Mountain Lake Park for a new park that will memorialize former Mayor, Leo Martin. Plans have been drawn up for the site on the southern intersection of Maryland Highway (Rt. 135) and G Street. There will be an elevated stage, outdoor classroom with terraced seating, a castle spire with slides and a water jetted splash pad.
The Vagabond Taproom is located on Alder Street in Downtown Oakland and will a unique menu of light refreshments and, of course, local beverages on tap. Look for pint glass drop-off locations, leave a destination themed pint glass, and get a token towards your first pint with Vagabond’s pint-for-a-pint program.
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is a federally funded program which provides nutritious foods, health screening, nutrition counseling and referrals to eligible pregnant women, postpartum women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five.
Starting August 2, 2019 pick-up at Oakland Walmart is open!
The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club has just installed a sign at their park on Bumble Bee Road recognizing the contributions made by individuals and groups to improve the amenities. You’ll notice that there are a lot of extra spaces new projects – perfect for Scout projects, church groups, business outreach and more!
Downtown Oakland has a new mural thanks to local Girl Scout Troop 55004 and the GOBA Green Team. Each letter-square is made with a combination of bottle caps!
The Dove Center’s heated Pet Pod is officially open! The Dove Center bases its pet housing program on the Sheltering Animals & Families Together – SAF-T model, and to date, they are the only SAF-T program in Maryland. Did you know that up to 65% of those experiencing domestic violence do not leave out of fear of leaving their pet behind?
The Rooster’s Nest is now open at 12336 National Pike in Grantsville, Maryland 21536. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with daily specials. There is a bar and lounge area and food is also available to-go!
The new watering stations are in at the Oakland Dog Park. Your dog can use the lower fountain or bring your own bowl and fill it up.
Subway at the Lake (Trader’s Landing) has gotten a facelift and is under new management.
Cashmere Clothing Co is a new designer fashion boutique in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, MD. Located in The Fort in McHenry, Cashmere has blouses, pants, accessories and even vegan leather jackets! Open daily starting May 11 from 10am-6pm.
Lovelight Pediatrics is now open! Dr. Stephanie Sisler started Lovelight as a pediatric office located in Oakland, MD at the previous location of Dr. Williams’ Chiropractic office. Call 301-533-7060 to schedule an appointment for your child.
We just heard from Jamie and Rayetta of Deep Creek Catering; they have recently purchased the Jubilee restaurant in Friendsville. With their planned opening towards the end of this month, they will continue to offer offsite catering for weddings, and large corporate events and will also be reopening the Jubilee restaurant.
Oakland Oil and Propane now has a new McHenry location offering propane fireplaces and accessories.
Funded through Community Legacy, Friendsville, MD has several new blue way-finding signs. Look for them the next time you go through town! Photo from the Town of Friendsville.
A new salon, RejuvenEyes by Janice, at the DryDock Plaza offers custom eyelash extensions, microblading, permanent makeup, ombre lips, lash lifts and more. Call 724-880-4664 for more information.
A railroad coal car has been delivered to the Oakland B&O Train Station. A new steam engine will be part of the display soon.
Plan to have lunch at the Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market in Oakland when you shop for local produce. This new building is open as the 4-H snack stand with hot dogs, sodas, chips and coffee all available to benefit a local 4-H club.