FY 2015 Budget Forecast
Preliminary Fiscal Year 2015 budget forecasts and property gross assessable base calculations for Garrett County reflected an estimated reduction in real property tax revenue of $2.7 million. On November 30, the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation produced valued assessable base calculations, which now confirm a projected loss of $3.2 million in property tax revenue. This additional loss of estimated revenue coupled with the loss of $2.2 million revenue for the Garrett County Public School System equates to a total projected loss of $5.4 million for Fiscal Year 2015. The contraction of property tax revenue over the past 3 fiscal years equates to a loss of actual revenue of $2.8 million or 5.85%. The most updated assessable base estimates are available at http://www.dat.state.md.us/
The Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator, and Department of Financial Services senior staff have been working on long-term budgetary planning and a budget proposal to be presented publically. The Board has reviewed a Fiscal Year 2014 to 2017 structural deficit model that includes estimated revenue, operating expenses, and capital outlay/projects. This forecast and assumptions for appropriating public funding for all County Government departments, component units, and offices will be part of the public presentation which will disclose a preliminary Garrett County Government Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to include the appropriation level for the Garrett County Public School System.
Questions on this matter can be addressed to Monty Pagenhardt, County Administrator.
Children’s Musical To Be Performed At Garrett College
The Garrett College Division of Arts and Humanities and the Garrett College Theatre Club will present “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Dec. 5, 6, and 7. Performances are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00 per person, with a special rate of $2 for children 12 and under.
The show features Austin King as Charlie Brown, Brittany Scott as Lucy, Andrew Beachy as Linus, Brennon Crosby as Snoopy, Clinton Hayward as Schroeder, and Nancy Parson as Patty. Bella Cable is assistant director and is in charge of lighting. DaJane’ Thomas and DaVika Hines are in charge of ticket sales and hospitality. The show is directed by adjunct professor of theatre, Dr. Lonnie Brewster.
The musical is based on a series of “Peanuts” comic strips by Charles Schulz and is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. According to the web site, www.ask.com, Gesner began writing songs based on the comic strip characters in the early 1960s, but he was unable to get permission from United Features Syndicate to use the characters in his songs, so he sent a tape of some of the songs directly to Schulz. He received permission to record the songs and did so in 1966. The stage adaptation of the album went into rehearsal in New York City in February, 1967.
Just a month later, the musical premiered off-Broadway, featuring Gary Burghoff as Charlie Brown. Burghoff later earned television fame as Radar in the hit series, MASH. After logging 1,597 performances, the musical closed in 1971. Since then, the musical has been performed on a regular basis throughout the United States and in Japan, Canada, England, Australia, and the Phillipines.
The show consists of multiple vignettes and musical numbers, tied together with a series of “quick changes.” It is performed on a bare stage with a few basic props and colorful lighting. Gesner once stated, “None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.”
Anyone wishing more information on “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” may email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 301-387-3142.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is being produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., New York, NY.
Deep Creek 2014 Announces Commemorative Poster Creation
The World Championships are coming! In anticipation of this prestigious World Class event, Deep Creek 2014 is proud to announce that we have partnered with World renowned artist, Mark Stutzman to commission our commemorative Poster. The Town of Mt. Lake Park has generously donated the commissioning fees on our behalf.
Mark Stutzman is best known for his illustration that adorned the 1993 Elvis Presley Stamp that ushered in a wave of excitement for the U.S. Postal Service. Breaking all records for commemorative stamp sales was just the beginning of how it would impact the USPS and Stutzman's career. "Looking back, I was such a pup. It was so exciting but completely foreign to the illustration life I was accustom to." Since the famed stamp's release, Stutzman has gone on to work for countless clients across the country and around the globe. This year he logged Eloqui's 1800th assignment documenting his many hours of experience.
Stutzman has received numerous awards for his illustrations, including the Stephen Dehanos Award from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He has also received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles and has appeared in the Print Regional Design Annuals, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators Annuals in New York, The Addys and Society of Publication Designers. Stutzman has been a guest speaker at EG (Entertainment Gathering) conferences in 2009 and 2012, various schools and colleges and has taught a Summer workshop for youths.
The largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus on Maryland’s scenic western-most county with 300 athletes from over 35 international countries competing and over 21.5 million international broadcast television viewers around the world. Over 20,000 spectators are expected in Garrett County to watch the event and the events planned throughout the summer leading up to the competition.
The teams and athletes will be arriving in the region during the Labor Day weekend and will be onsite through the end of the World Championships on September 21.A total of over $20 million dollars is anticipated in regional economic impact
The 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Prague, Czech Republic, Deep Creek, MD hosts the 2014 World Championships and the 2015 Championships will be held in London, England.
GCMH CEO Dedicates Rose on Donate Life Float in Rose Parade
On November 20, Garrett County Memorial Hospital CEO, Don Battista dedicated a rose to be placed on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade in honor of organ and tissue donors and their loved ones. Working with The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, CEO Battista of Garrett County Memorial Hospital was grateful for the chance to honor donors and write a personal message of hope and remembrance in support of organ, eye and tissue donation. “Garrett County Memorial Hospital supports organ, eye and tissue donation and encourages individuals to be listed as an organ donor on their driver’s license,” remarked Battista.
Watched by 40 million U.S. television viewers, 800,000 parade spectators, and viewers in 150 countries, the Rose Parade is “America’s New Year Celebration” – and an ideal venue to showcase how hospitals across the country make possible the life-saving and healing benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation.
One of the trademarks of the annual Donate Life float design is a “Dedication Garden” filled with thousands of roses, each placed in a vial carrying a unique, personal message from an individual, family or organization. This year, Donate Life has offered hospitals across the country the opportunity to handwrite a dedication on one of the rose vials
For the past ten years, dozens of organizations nationwide have collaborated to enter a Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Originally envisioned by a lung recipient who wished to thank organ, eye and tissue donors for their gifts of life, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has grown into a national tradition featuring dozens of participants each year: Riders who have received transplants; Walkers who are living kidney donors; and deceased donors memorialized in “Floragraph” portraits integrated into the float’s design. Together with an inspiring float design, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float entry is a showcase of compassion, perseverance and courage in the face of adversity.
In Maryland, more than 2,800 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Nationwide, that number exceeds 120,000. Garrett County Memorial Hospital supports The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in their mission to facilitate organ and tissue transplants and educate the public on this important cause. For more information on organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit www.thellf.org
Wisp Resort Announces Opening Day for the
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Tubing, Ice
Wisp Resort announced
opening day for the 2013.2014 Winter Season is slated for Friday,
November 29, 2013. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating and
the mountain coaster will be open Friday thru Sunday, November 29 thru
December 1 for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
Skiing and snowboarding will be open from 9am - 5pm Friday thru Sunday, November 28 thru December 1. Adult Lift Tickets are $39 for Friday and $49 per day Saturday and Sunday, Junior Lift Tickets are $39 per day Friday thru Sunday.
The Wisp Adventure Park
will be open for 2-hour Snow Tubing Sessions Friday and Saturday from
10am - 7pm and Sunday from 10am - 5pm at $34 for a 2-hour session. The
Mountain Coaster is open Friday and Saturday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday
from 10am - 4pm. Ice Skating is open Friday and Saturday 10am - 5pm and
Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
University of Maryland – Academy for Excellence in Local Governance
Garrett County Commissioner Gregan T. Crawford of Garrett County, Maryland participated in the 2013 graduation for Fellows from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. This ceremony took place on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Memorial Chapel on the University of Maryland College Park campus.
Over 100 public officials from across the state received an Academy certificate before family and friends. All of the Academy Fellows completed a substantial number of program hours of core and elective classes designed to meet their professional needs as municipal or county officials in local government. Through the program, Academy Fellows not only enhanced their understanding of local government issues and ethical standards for public service, but also developed a foundation for informed policy making and effective governance. "The Challenges of serving in local government have never been greater. As the Challenges have grown so have the expectations of the public," commented Commissioner Crawford. "I am glad that I have been able to participate in this program which has broadened my ability to serve," he continued.
University of Maryland School of Public Policy Dean Donald F. Kettl said, "This graduation celebrates the important commitment to public service that these public officials have made. Their work in the Academy not only prepares them for even greater service in the future it lays the foundation for excellence in Maryland’s government in the future. We’re very proud of this important effort."
The Academy, which offered its first classes in 1998, is a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the Maryland Municipal League, and the Maryland Association of Counties.
The School of Public Policy is recognized as one of the country’s premier programs in public policy and management. The School has over 25 years of experience delivering acclaimed leadership development and public policy programs to public (federal, state, and local) clients as well as for non-profit organizations, and government agencies from abroad.
Arts Council Seeks Creative Writing for Ginseng
The Garrett County Arts Council is seeking submissions for the 2014 edition of Ginseng, the council’s literary journal. Writers of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction who reside in the Garrett County area and members of the Arts Council are eligible for consideration.
Ginseng showcases the talents of our local authors. The publication is a high quality, soft-cover booklet that is distributed free to the public. 2014 marks the fifth year GCAC has produced the publication in its current format.
Any written genre or combination of genres will be accepted with a maximum of three submissions or 1,500 words per author. All entries must comply with the established guidelines and have accompanying information in order to be reviewed for publication. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works by the submitting authors. A $5 entry fee per person is required. Guidelines are available through the GCAC office. Entries will be accepted from now through December 15, 2013.
To receive a copy of submission guidelines or for more information, contact the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580 or stop into The Gallery Shop at 206 E. Alder Street, Oakland.
Outdoor Elements Grand Opening Slated for Black Friday
Wisp Resort announced the grand opening of Deep Creek Lake’s newest outdoor retailer, Outdoor Elements, will occur on Friday, November 29, 2013. With over 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, Outdoor Elements will offer technical and leisure outerwear, hard goods including skiing and snowboarding equipment, logo wear and souvenirs year-round. Outdoor Elements Grand Opening will be on Friday, November 29 from 11am – 7pm, Saturday, November 30 from 8am – 7pm and Sunday, December 1 from 8am – 5pm and will feature door busters, light refreshments and a 2013.2014 Wisp Resort Season Pass Drawing.
Design for the upscale retail space was provided by Doug Storck and Nina Bounds of DCL Design Studio in McHenry. “The direction provided by the new owners of Wisp, with their extensive knowledge of mountain sports retail stores, allowed our team to design the new Outdoor Elements retail space with an “industrial chic” look. Combining the steel and concrete with natural stone and wood elements creates a comfortable timeless feel, which I think both residents and visitors will enjoy,” explained Doug Storck, the principal designer on the project.
Once plans were finalized, Doerr Construction of Accident was granted the construction bid and renovations began. After four months of planning and construction, Outdoor Elements was completed and merchandise arrived just in time for a Holiday Weekend Grand Opening.
Outdoor Elements will offer top name brands in apparel and accessories such as Under Armor, Burton, Mammut, Oakley, Armada, Smith and Obermeyer. Ski and snowboard equipment will be provided by Rossignol, Burton and Atomic. Other seasonal sporting goods will be offered throughout the year including paddleboards and downhill and cross-country mountain bike gear.
“Coming up with the name was simple. We knew we were outfitting guests for the outdoors and we knew we had to consider all the different weather elements they would encounter, so Outdoor Elements came to us pretty naturally,” noted Lori Epp, Director of Marketing for Wisp.
Michael Valach will be in charge of all retail services at Wisp in addition to his role as the Director of Skier and Rider Services. “Part of any vacation is the shopping experience,” commented Valach. “Outdoor Elements will accommodate the large gamut of guests that visit Wisp Resort, from the most technical expert skier to folks just looking for an upscale shopping experience. I’m also very pleased with the way the store came out because I think locals are going to enjoy it just as well as visitors.”
ASI Challenge Open To Everyone
”Who’s ready for a challenge?” That’s the question Andy Hershey asks as he spreads the word about the Adventuresports Institute (ASI) personal challenge which is currently available. A professor in the Garrett College Adventure Sports program, Hershey created this list to cover a broad range of activities that include grueling and not-so-grueling physical endeavors as well as academic achievements, nutritional improvements, and volunteer services.
Hershey described this contest. “It’s a tool that I created mainly for fun, but also to provide motivation to our students, community members and to myself. It’s a list of challenges that people can do if they’re interested, and we have prizes available for individuals that complete a specific number of challenges. There’s no need to sign up, and we operate on the honor system, but we do have an online tracking system so that participants can record the challenges that they’ve completed and see how that compares to what others have done. We’ll also periodically post the leaders on the Adventuresports Institute Facebook page. At the end of the spring semester, the person who has completed the most challenges will receive a nice prize” he said. “I’ve also mentioned to our students that if any of them complete more challenges than I do, I’ll cook them a nice dinner at my house, ” he said.
This is the second year that Hershey has published this challenge and it has attracted quite a large following. “I typed one up last year and we did a shorter version during the spring semester. As time went on I heard about random people and groups completing the challenges to stay motivated, even if they didn’t contact us. I was running in the 10-hour adventure race at Ohiopyle in April, and someone that I had just met that day knew me as the guy that created the ASI Challenge. He and his co-workers at the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, police department used the list to complete challenges as a group every Thursday,” he said.
Hershey compiled his list of this year’s competitive undertakings and posted it on the ASI Facebook page. The responses immediately came flooding in. “Some of them are from internationally known climbers,” he noted.
Anyone interested in checking out the 2013/2014 ASI Challenge can do so by accessing the following link: http://www.adventuresportsi.org/images/challenge.pdf or by contacting the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330.
Meeting A Community Need Offering Music Lessons In Grantsville
Terry Beachy, Coordinator of the Garrett College Northern Outreach Center (NOC) in Grantsville, had wanted to offer music lessons at her site for quite a while. “I thought it would be a great asset to the community to have private and group music lessons available for people of all ages,” she said.
With this goal in mind she began her search for a qualified individual who would be available to teach students through Garrett College. She approached Dr. Sean Beachy, an accomplished local professional musician, and he agreed to work with her to achieve this goal. Together they launched the music program which was welcomed by the community.
“It has been a great experience teaching for Garrett College. I think it is wonderful to have a place in the Northern end of the county where people can go for piano and composition lessons and not have to drive to Allegany County or Morgantown. As a child growing up in Grantsville, I had to travel to LaVale to take lessons during my teenage years because I could not find a teacher in this area. The Northern Outreach Center has made it possible for students to study locally,” Dr. Beachy said.
The classes that began to form included people from a wide variety of age groups. “I can honestly say that all of them, both past and present, have been a real joy to teach and I hope this continues for years to come,” Dr. Beachy noted.
Among the students who were very pleased to learn of the music lessons at the NOC was retiree Ralph Nelson who had moved with his wife to the Grantsville area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He read a newspaper article about the upcoming classes and immediately called Terry Beachy to get further information and then spoke by phone with Dr. Beachy.
Nelson decided to take advantage of this opportunity to do something he had not had the time for previously. “I have wanted to play the piano for years but never had the time to put into the practicing. Now seemed like a great chance to give it a try. I wanted to be able to play our church hymns for myself. I still want to do that, but if I can get over my hesitancy to play in front of people and get further along in my proficiency, someday I would also like to play in church,” he explained.
Though Nelson had taken some piano lessons as a child, there were obstacles that made practicing difficult. In high school he joined the band and became proficient on the baritone saxophone, which he still has. “One thing I like about piano is that, unlike a saxophone, the instrumentalist can play melody and harmony at the same time,” he said.
In addition to wanting to pursue the study of music for himself, Nelson also wanted to share this experience with his granddaughter Lydia, who was six at the time. Lydia’s family had acquired a piano and she had already expressed interest in learning to play. “I was hoping Lydia would be interested in it. I know that if they learn to play at such a young age, it is something they would have all their lives. So I asked if her if she would like to take lessons with me,” he said.
Lydia not only agreed to take lessons but was able to get a scholarship from Music at Penn Alps to apply toward her tuition. And so it was that two generations of Nelsons began their journey into learning to play music. “This has turned into a very precious grandfather/granddaughter experience. I pick Lydia up at school and we go out for a treat, and then head over to Northern Outreach Center for our lessons. It has been a lot of fun, as we tease each other about who is ahead in their book.” Nelson said.
Lydia’s parents said they have been very pleased with the progress she has made and that the experience has been very good for her. As for Lydia’s opinion of the process, well she simply said: “I like taking piano lessons because it is fun."
It seems that the NOC music program is indeed filling a community need and Dr. Beachy is thankful to be involved in it. “Terry Beachy is a wonderful administrator for the Northern Outreach Center. She is highly organized and is excited about having this new opportunity available for our community. I would like to encourage those who are interested in music to inquire about lessons if they have the desire to learn a new and exciting hobby, or if they know a child who might be interested in learning how to play the piano,” he said.
Dr. Beachy has other students who have been awarded Music at Penn Alps scholarships and encourages those who are interested in learning more about this to contact the administrator of the program Jean Miller at email@example.com .
More information on this and other programs at the Garrett College NOC in available by contacting Terry Beachy at firstname.lastname@example.org
BUY A TREE AND HELP HART!
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree from Gary and Debbie Sines' Tree Farm and the Sines' will donate half of the purchase price to HART. All trees are beautiful Fraser Firs and range in size from four to twelve feet. Trees are priced at $5 a foot, including tax.
Cut the perfect tree when you’re ready, or for the best selection, choose your tree now and tag it for cutting later. Saws are provided and help is available on weekends. No power saws, please!
The Sines' Tree Farm is located on Oakland Sang-Run Road near Bray School Road.
Open daily from 9:00 pm till sunset, but please call (301) 387-7447 to schedule your visit or for more information.
HART for Animals, Inc. is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART, the Spay/Neuter Clinic or any of its programs, or to donate to the capital fund campaign for the HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Rd., visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org.
SUPPORT HART: CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR AT DUTCH’S AT SILVER TREE!
HART and Dutch’s at Silver Tree will once again join forces for the sake of homeless animals by hosting their third annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31 at Dutch’s. The gala begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 1:00 am on New Year’s Day.
The fun-filled evening kicks off at 7:00 with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails (a standard bar is included in the ticket price this year), followed by a Surf & Turf sit-down dinner featuring filet mignon and Dutch’s famous Crab Cakes. Also included with dinner is a salad and dessert. The fabulous sounds of the Bobby Nicholas Band will begin at 9:00 pm in the main dining room, and HART for Animals Fur Ball Casino and Silent Auction will open on the lower level. A champagne toast, hats and noisemakers will announce 2014, followed by a New Year’s Morning Buffet. The Casino and Silent Auction proceeds will go toward the building fund of HART for Animals new Adoption Center. Each gala ticket includes ten complimentary casino chips, which also benefit HART.
HART for Animals Adoption Center, located on Bumble Bee Road and in its final construction stages, is scheduled to open in February of 2014. This much-needed facility will represent a new concept in animal sheltering and will consist of four sections in a 12,000 sq. ft. facility. The adoption kennels will provide a safe, comfortable home for adoptable homeless animals and will house 60 dogs, 30 puppies, 40 cats, and multiple litters of kittens. In addition to the non-profit adoption kennels, the center will include the Bredel Veterinary clinic, a reception/public area, the Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel and spa, a small retail shop, and a community room. These areas, plus the generous donations of our supporters and charitable grants, will enable the adoption center and HART to continue its mission: Saving the lives of adoptable animals through rescue, transport, owner education, training, rehabilitation, and successful adoption.
Tickets for the New Year’s Celebration are $150 per person and include open (standard) bar, tip and tax. Tables of eight & ten are available but must be reserved in advance and purchased under one name. For reservations, please call 301.387.0525 or stop by Dutch’s at Silver Tree.
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling Announces the expansion of recycling at the Landfill
Recent improvements at the Garrett County Landfill have expanded recycling and make it easier. Cardboard is now placed in a compactor eliminating the need for hand stacking and breaking down boxes. The increased volume in the cardboard box will also save on transportation costs. The improvements also added collection containers so that additional recyclables including oil filters, electronics, #1 plastic and # 2 plastic are now accepted.
Free recycling of items generated in Garrett County by County residents and businesses now includes: cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper, mixed metal, aluminum cans, glass, used motor oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, #1 plastic, #2 plastic, and electronics. Both residential and commercial customers are encouraged to take advantage of free recycling during the winter operating hours of 8am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays.
To get more information on recycling in Garrett County please contact Kim Madigan email@example.com at the Garrett County Landfill 301-387-0322.
Winter Hours for the GC Landfill