April was just as expected; a roller coaster ride with bouts of spring and resurgences of winter.  The May flowers have started to bloom, the bushes are green and the trees are budding.  Such a glorious time to be here!

A huge community "thank you" to Hugh Umbel Companies and their generous $10,000 donation to the expansion project at Garrett County Memorial Hospital.  Umbel Companies include Bear Creek Traders, Deep Creek Shop 'N' Save, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

Oakland Golf Club is offering rounds of 18-holes for just $25 or 9 for $15, but only until May 21.  Speaking of Oakland Golf, congratulations to long-time member, Randy Donham on his first career hole-in-one on #9 last month. 

Congratulations to Brandi Krause of Cobblestone Hair Studio (and her husband Matthew, of course) on the birth of their third daughter. 

The Harbor Bar reopens this month and live entertainment returns -- Thursday - Saturday. 

ASCI  opens for the season on May 16 and the grill at the Boardwalk will also be reopening sometime this month.

Mountain State Brewing is celebrating American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17, with beer specials all week.

The Subacute Rehabilitation Unit at Garrett Memorial Hospital received its second 5-star rating in a row from US News and World Report.

The towns of Oakland and Friendsville were named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Congratulations to Garrett College's DeAndre Davis on being named NJCCA First Team All-American in men's basketball.   Also to Southern High School grad and Frostburg State freshman, Tristan Nazelrod, on setting a new American bench press record for 265 lbs. and under, 18-19-year-old competitors at 557 pounds.

When you think you're having a bad day, think of this...   Ouch! (photo by Ed Lytle)

The Chamber of Commerce is planning a group trip to Spain and the Costa Del Sol, Nov. 2 - 10, 2015.  The cost is $2,599 if reserved by June 1.  For details and more information email jen@garrettchamber.com

Counting down the days until Memorial Day Weekend -- the unofficial start of the summer season.  It's coming...

See you on the water.

Marta Schroyer