Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce
Development will be offering a course, Make & Take Workshop: 12 Sprays of
Christmas with Essential Oils, at the McHenry campus. The course will be
held on December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
There is no doubt that certain smells remind you of
the holidays – gingerbread, spiced apple cider, peppermint, and pine
trees. Many products are available on the market that help with home
fragrance, but may be harmful to one’s health because of the chemicals
used to create the artificial scents. This holiday season save money,
reduce the chemical load in your home and have fun making your own air
fresheners out of essential oils with this 12 Sprays of Christmas Make &
Take Workshop. These natural air fresheners will be sure to provide the
perfect holiday scent while keeping your home smelling lovely for the
holidays – and chemical-free.
The course is being instructed by local resident
Kearstin Hinebaugh, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. In her quest to reduce
the toxic load for her and her family, she began researching various
natural solutions. That research quickly led her to essential oils. Since
uncovering their diverse applications and uses, she has become an
essential oil enthusiast, learning everything she can about these gifts of
the earth. These days she’s, admittedly, a bit obsessed with transforming
her routines and making over her medicine, beauty and cleaning cabinets
with oil-based products and wants to assist others in doing the same.
For more information on this course persons may
contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce
Development at 301-387-3069.
Casselman River Bridge to Feature Birds of Prey
The Maryland Park Service will offer a free Scales & Tales program
at Casselman River Bridge State Park on Dec. 3. This
environmental education program provides a rare opportunity for
people to see live wildlife native to Maryland, up close and
personal. The program will take place at 2 p.m. at the gazebo
within the park. Scales & Tales is a program that uses live
non-releasable birds of prey to promote stewardship of our
wildlife and other natural resources. Through the stories, or
"tales" of how these animals come into the care of the program,
Ranger Katy Barger will discuss their unique features and very
important environmental issues.
Later that evening,
hundreds of candle luminaries will be lit on and around the
Casselman River Bridge as part of the annual "Christmas in the
Police Providing Presents Project Announced
Garrett County Law Enforcement agencies along with the Garrett County
Department of Social Services and members of AmeriCorps have partnered to
organize the inaugural “Police Providing Presents” event to benefit
local, underprivileged children.
event may be called different names, but the event’s meaning stays the
same. The event provides selected Garrett County children the
opportunity to be paired with members from the Maryland State Police,
Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland City Police, Maryland
Natural Resource Police and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office who
will spend time together as partners for the day.
provides the opportunity for children to go shopping with a police officer
in order to purchase presents for their family and themselves, attend a
luncheon, and have the presents wrapped by volunteers. The inaugural
“Police Providing Presents” event is scheduled for Saturday,
December 17th, with a make-up date on Sunday, December 18th.
graciously asking for donations in support of this program to provide each
child the opportunity to make their holidays a little brighter. Any
donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made in person or
by mailing a check or money order to Garrett County Department of Social
Services, attention Alicia Streets, 12578 Garrett Highway, Oakland,
Maryland 21550 and specify “Police Providing Presents”.
Although, the preferred method is checks or money order, cash donations
are acceptable and can be dropped off in person at GCDSS. The
deadline for donations is December 5, 2016.
If you have
additional questions, please contact F/Sergeant Brad Williams at
301-387-1101. Thank you for your interest and helping to make this
program a success.
Music at Penn Alps Private Lesson
The Music at Penn Alps Scholarship program has awarded two new
scholarships for the fall semester. The new scholarship students are
Liliana Farabough of Mineral County and Baird Mead of Garrett County.
Currently in its fifth year, the program provides private instrumental
or vocal music lessons for local, school-age students who might not
otherwise have such opportunity. The program, which has grown from 23
students to the present total of 39 students, is made possible by the
Naylor Family Trust Fund, the Community Trust Foundation, the Fred
Bolton Memorial Fund, and the executive board of Music at Penn Alps.
In addition to the new awardees, the program has 37 students from
previous years whose scholarships have been renewed for this semester.
Students from Garrett County are: Skylar Beckman, Shayla Bender,
Dakota Bittinger, Rachelle Brenneman, Emily Brobst, Malea Fullerton,
Sara Huelskamp, Kayla Lowdermilk, Elijah Mason, Lydia Nelson, Evan
Shadel, Jaylyn Wilt, Piper Wilt, Caleb Zimmerman, Carl Zimmerman, and
Shawn Zimmerman. Students from Allegany County include: Madeline
Baker, Tyler Corwell, Rebekah George, Adrian Gibbons, Seth Higson,
Jenna Klink, Robert Moffet, Charles O’Boyle, William O’Boyle, Claire
Raesly, Chloe Richards, Taber Robinette, Maria Salinas, and Ava
Strawderman. West Virginia students are: Alivia Arthur, Abigail
Craddock, Emma Craddock, Brynne Hartung and Conner Wolford; and those
students from the Pennsylvania area are: Levi Custer and Silas Custer.
The scholarship program is currently accepting applications for the
semester beginning January 1, 2017. A limited number of new
scholarships will be awarded to Kindergarten through 12th
grade music students for private lesson instruction. Applications for
2017, open to Garrett County, Allegany County, and surrounding
Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas, are due no later than December
15. For more information and to apply online, visit the Music at Penn
Alps website at
www.musicatpennalps.org/scholarships. Questions should be directed
toward Jean Miller, program administrator (301-722-4148,
email@example.com) or Sean Beachy,
assistant administrator (301-895-4224,
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland
Experience Highest Tourism Revenue in State
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (July
1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), Garrett County experienced the highest
increase in the state in tourism sales tax revenues, nearly twice the
tourism increases posted by the state of Maryland. The Garrett
County Chamber of Commerce, the designated tourism marketing
organization for the county, attributes much of the increase to the
Chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad
According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, in
the first three months of Fiscal Year 2017 (July, August & September
2016), Maryland grew tourism sales tax revenues 3.0%, while Garrett County
grew tourism sales tax revenues 5.8% during the same time period.
Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 5.5% in the first three
months of FY17, while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections
Garrett County experienced similar increases in
fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). According to the Maryland
Office of Tourism, in fiscal year 2016, Maryland grew tourism sales tax
revenues 6.4%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 7.0%
during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code
collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax
“We are very pleased to see a strong first quarter
for FY17 as we approach the winter season that is extremely weather
dependent,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County
Chamber of Commerce. “It is exciting to be leading the state in tourism
growth but we are very aware that we have to continue our robust and
innovative marketing efforts to remain competitive. We hope the State
Office of Tourism will continue their efforts as well and that the
Governor will maintain his support of this important industry by
increasing tourism promotion funding for the Tourism Development Board.”
2016 has been a record year for tourism in the
Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 6.3% increase in
county accommodations sales, a 19.3% increase in heads on beds, a 2.3%
increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to the
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com.
Planning Commission to Review 2008
The Garrett County Planning Commission is embarking on a review of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. It is anticipated that the review will reveal a need to update the Plan. Starting at their monthly meeting on December 7, 2016 the Commission will set aside an hour to discuss the document starting with Chapter 1 and proceeding through the document in order. The December 7, 2016 meeting will likely cover both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.
During their meetings the Commission will review each section within the chapters to determine if it is to remain the same, be modified, deleted or sections added. At the end of the review, all minutes and recordings of the meetings, all comment received both at the meetings and in writing, and all related pertinent information will be given to a contractor, whose job it will be to perform the update to the document. Once the contractor is hired a draft document will be written that will then go through a series of public meetings and review processes before a final draft will be written.
Public participation is encouraged. A website has been created that allows citizens to view the document in whole or by chapter and also offers a public comment form for submission of comments. The site will be edited every month to summarize progress made and list anticipated chapter topics for the next month. The public is also invited to attend any of the Planning Commission meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room. All meeting minutes, agendas and recordings of the meetings are posted on the Planning Commission’s web page. Both the Comprehensive Plan web page and the Planning Commission web page can be found by visiting garrettcounty.org and clicking on the departmental page for Planning and Land Management. That page has a listing on the left. The Comprehensive Plan page is second in the list, while the Planning Commission page is eighth. The direct link to the Comprehensive Plan page is
www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development/comprehensive-plan. Questions can be directed to Deborah Carpenter, Director of the department at 301-334-1920 or
INTRODUCING THE LODGE AT WISP
Over $1.5 Million in Renovations launches a Rebranded Hotel
As part of a 3 year $3.7 million renovation, Wisp Resort recently announced a rebranding of the Wisp Resort Hotel which will hence forth be known as The Lodge at Wisp. The renovation project on the hotel began in the Fall of 2015 and will continue thru Spring 2018. The Lodge at Wisp will welcome guests with significant changes and improvements to both the interior and exterior of the property. The upgrades are designed to give the hotel guests a heightened resort experience with more contemporary accommodations, new outdoor gathering spaces, and an overall more modern and functional design.
The exterior changes include a new entrance featuring a Porte Cocherè that creates a grand sense of arrival to the resort by welcoming guests with an outdoor gas fireplace, a timber-frame structure with stacked stone façade and thoughtful lighting. The new entrance surroundings are enhanced with landscaping highlighted by a dramatic waterfall, benches and a pergola walkway. The hotel exterior received a fresh coat of paint in a new color palate of earthy tones to match the Porte Cocherè.
Interior renovations include a redesigned and updated Front Desk and Check-in Area to compliment the new entrance.
100 rooms on all six floors in the Tower Section of the hotel have been renovated with freshly painted walls, new wall coverings,
artwork featuring local photography, modern bedroom and living area furnishings, plush bed linens, new mattresses as well as upgraded lighting and fixtures. Sixteen new Business Class King Suites have been introduced into the guest room mix. The remaining 69 rooms on three floors in the Lodge Section of the hotel received all new mattresses with plans to complete the renovation of that portion of the rooms by Spring 2018.
Currently in progress at The Lodge at Wisp are upgrades to conference rooms, new audio visual equipment, a new fitness center, exterior signage, courtyards with fire pits and enhanced landscaping features. Construction on the current work will be completed in time for ski season. Work will continue in the spring on an additional courtyard on the east side of the hotel plus renovations to the lobby and a new front porch for the hotel.
Garrett College Names Richard Midcap as
The Garrett College Board of
Trustees announces that Dr. Richard Midcap, pending completion of
negotiations, will become the thirteenth President of the College. Dr.
Midcap presently serves as the Vice-President for Student Affairs at
Chesapeake College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He has been the Chief
Student Affairs Officer since 2001, except while serving an appointment
as Chesapeake’s Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs during the
2015-16 academic year. He began his career in higher education in 1994
serving as Chesapeake’s Public Information Officer. He then served as
the college’s Director of Admissions, Associate Dean for Student
Services, and Dean of Students.
Prior to his career in higher education, he spent twelve years as
Midcap, a strong advocate for statewide
collaboration, is a former two-time chair of the Maryland Community
Colleges Chief Student Affairs Officers. In that role, he provided
leadership for a statewide student affairs assessment model that earned a
National Council on Student Development Shared Journey Exemplary Practice
Award. An ardent proponent of strengthening first-year programs, he helped
build a first-year experience that earned Chesapeake College recognition
as a Bellwether National Finalist in Instructional Programs and Services.
Midcap, whose doctoral dissertation focused on experiences of dual
enrollment students, has also served on a variety of statewide workgroups
examining ways to expand dual enrollment opportunities for high school
As interim academic vice president, Midcap
provided leadership in the development of Chesapeake’s new associate of
applied science program in agriculture, making Chesapeake the first
community college in Maryland to have such a program. He previously
designed the college’s sport management and exercise science programs,
including overseeing articulation of those programs with both in- and
out-of-state, four-year partners. He has taught as an adjunct instructor
in three different disciplines: freshman seminar, history and sport
“On behalf of the Garrett College Board of
Trustees, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the
selection process of the president of Garrett College,” said Duane Yoder,
Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
“We feel that Dr. Midcap’s experience and background are a great fit with
the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead not only for Garrett
College, but our county and community as well.”
Midcap follows Mr. Albert A. Coviello, who has
served as the Acting President of Garrett College since July 1, 2016.
Midcap holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary
education/history from Salisbury (Md.) University, a master’s degree in
history from Washington (Md.) College, and a doctorate in education from
Wilmington (Del.) University.
Garrett County, Maryland Wins at 36th
Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won two awards at the 36th Annual
Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden
Yards in Baltimore, Maryland last week. Competing against nominees from
other counties in the state, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won
the Best Media & PR Campaign award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition for
our “Military March” promotion. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
also helped accept the Tourism Advocate award for the Marylanders for a
Longer Summer Campaign, a partnership with Ocean City and other state and
Chamber is honored to accept these two awards on behalf of our partners,”
said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of
Commerce. “It is particularly gratifying to be recognized by our tourism
industry peers at the Maryland Tourism Coalition.”
Media & Public Relations Campaign award is given to a campaign that
focuses on a single, unified theme that is related to a special event,
crisis management program or overall promotion. The
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Wisp Resort initially created the
idea several years ago as an opportunity to salute our nation’s military
with special discounts in Garrett County, Maryland. In 2016, the Chamber
partnered with 28 member businesses participating in the promotion with
all of the members offers available on the Chamber’s website,
visitdeepcreek.com. GCC Technologies, LLC and Book Mark’et & Antique
Mezzanine sponsored “Military March” to cover the cost of advertising the
promotion in military outlets with all ads linking to the Chamber’s
“Military March” promotion page. The Chamber’s website saw a 43% increase
in visitors in March 2016 over March 2015 and, despite Wisp closing early
for the ski season on March 15, Garrett County lodging sales collections
were up 7.7% in March 2016 over March 2015.
Advocate Award is given to an individual, business, organization, group
or coalition that is a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition and has
successfully led legislative initiatives and heightened the awareness of
the tourism industry and its impact on the economy.
Marylanders for a Longer Summer is
a grassroots coalition consisting of trade organizations, chambers of
commerce, elected officials and businesses from all over the state of
Maryland that advocated for a post-Labor Day school start, resulting in
an executive order by Governor Larry Hogan in August 2016
mandating Maryland public schools start after Labor Day
and end by June 15, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
For more information
about the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the annual Maryland Tourism &
Travel Summit, visit mdtourism.org. For more information about the Garrett
County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or log onto
County’s Simon Pearce Outlet Wins at 36th Annual Maryland
Travel & Tourism Summit
against nominees from other counties in the state, Garrett County,
Maryland’s Simon Pearce Factory Outlet and Glassblowing Workshop won the
“Economic Engine” award from the Maryland Office of Tourism at the 36th
Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Marriott Inner Harbor at
Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland last week.
The Economic Engine
award is given to a business that has a positive economic impact to the
region and state, creates jobs and has exemplary contributions to
Maryland’s tourism industry.
Simon Pearce, located in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, offers a unique
opportunity to see glass being made by hand in a production setting via a
glassblowing area is open to the public while the warehouse is the main
distribution center for the entire company, shipping orders out daily.
Approximately 7,500 people visited Simon
Pearce’s retail store and viewed the glassblowers at work from July 1,
2015-June 30, 2016. Simon Pearce has 53 employees, which includes 20
glassblowers. Simon Pearce also participates in a work transition program
with Garrett County-based Appalachian Crossroads, who provides employment
for people with disabilities. Simon Pearce’s Maryland site also
leases space in the facility to 3 other businesses.
For more information about the Maryland Office of
Tourism and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, log onto
visitmaryland.org and mdtourism.org. For more information about Simon
Pearce, please call 301.334.5277 or log onto
DEEP CREEK WATERSHED FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED
The Board of Directors
of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation,
Inc. is pleased to announce the
formation of the Foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code as a non-profit Maryland corporation.
The Foundation is formed to accept
tax-deductible donations to foster a private/public partnership that will
support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection
and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.
The Deep Lake
Watershed contains 41,000 acres and is located in the mountains of Garrett
Deep Creek Lake (DCL) is within the Deep
Creek Watershed and is the State’s largest freshwater lake containing
approximately 4,000 acres.
Deep Creek Lake has evolved as a primary
recreational destination for the Mid-Atlantic States and is the economic
engine for the County.
In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased
the Lake and its buffer zone under legislation passed by the Maryland
The Maryland Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) is assigned responsibility for managing the Lake and its
buffer zone. Likewise, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is
responsible for, among other things, sediment and erosion control of
DCL, as well as for the issuance of a Water Allocation Permit which
provides authorization for various entities to use specified quantities of
water from the lake. The 2000 legislation included stewardship
requirements and authorizations, but it did not address the potential
impacts from the watershed to water quality in the Lake.
Over the past 15
years, the Deep Creek community, the County, DNR and MDE have demonstrated
a growing interest in ensuring that the quality and recreational value of
the Lake is maintained.
Concerns have arisen relating to
sediment in coves, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), water quality, lake
level fluctuations, and other issues.
Many of these concerns extend beyond the
authority of the state-owned property in the buffer zone.
Consequently, a more extensive
assessment of the entire watershed was needed.
Pursuant to a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DNR and the Garrett County
Commissioners, the State and the County agreed to work together to develop
a Watershed Management Plan.
Volunteers representing various interest
groups and watershed residents, along with County and State officials,
were appointed to a steering committee by DNR and the County and formed
subcommittees to address the variety of issues affecting the watershed.
Through this effort the Deep Creek
Watershed Management Plan (Plan) was developed and completed in 2014 and
then subsequently approved by the DNR and the Board of Garrett County
Additionally, a second MOU has been agreed to and
will be signed by the Board Garrett County Commissioners and the
Secretaries of DNR and MDE, creating the Administrative Council which will
oversee the implementation of the Plan; establish the staff position of
Watershed Coordinator; and address the development of financial
strategies. The Foundation will work closely with this
Administrative Council to identify projects that will require funding.
The Foundation is
formed to support the Plan’s goal of “improving the environmental
stability and economic viability of the Deep Creek Watershed while
retaining its rural landscapes and natural beauty, so that, for
generations to come, local citizens and visitors have a special place to
live, work, and play.” The Foundation will accomplish this goal by
engaging in fundraising activities to sponsor educational programs
supporting initiatives relating to the watershed, soliciting and providing
funding to support scientific, environmental, and educational programs
relating to the watershed, and applying for grants relating to activities
in furtherance of the protection of the watershed.
For further information regarding the Foundation, its Board of Directors,
and how to donate, interested persons can visit the Foundation’s web site
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland
Experience Record Increases in Tourism
2016 has been a record year for tourism in the
Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland with a 6.3% increase
in county accommodations sales, a 19.3% increase in heads on beds, a
2.3% increase in sales tax collections and a 23% increase in visitors to
the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com.
The increases follow a banner 2015 in Deep Creek Lake and Garrett
County, which saw a 3.1% increase in county accommodations sales, a 2.5%
increase in sales tax collections and a 46% increase in visitors to the
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com. The
Chamber attributes much of the increase to the Chamber’s aggressive
marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
And, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism,
Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth.
In Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), Maryland grew tourism
sales tax revenues 6.4%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax
revenues 7.0% during the same time period. Maryland grew lodging
sales tax code collections 6.3% in FY16 while Garrett County grew lodging
sales tax collections 9%.
“Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County
and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to churn out
additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole
Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
“Even with Mother Nature being less than cooperative last winter and an
abbreviated ski season, Garrett County’s overall tourism sales tax
revenues still outpaced the state’s growth. We attribute this continued
growth to our aggressive marketing efforts.”
The western-most county in Maryland, Garrett
County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake,
Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and Adventure Sports Center
International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the
western hemisphere. Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from
the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from
Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and a 45-minute drive
from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD.
Garrett County Chamber Offers Fall 3-2-1
Lodging & Activity Promotion
Just in time for Fall visitors
traveling to Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, the
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering a 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity
Promotion on their website,
www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion runs from October 18, 2016 –
December 15, 2016, non-holidays. The promotion is for 3 nights at the
price of 2 plus discounted activities.
Nine lodging companies – ranging from rental
home properties and B&Bs to cabins, a slopeside hotel and log-cabin-style
hotel suites – are participating in the promotion. And activity offers
wine and beer tastings and discounted
amusement center activities.
“The 3-2-1 Promotion is a terrific way to save on
your Autumn trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said
Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber
of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors
will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”
The 3-2-1 Promotion includes lodging offers from
Blue Moon Rising on Deep Creek Lake, Cabin on Farm View, Deep Creek
Lodging Company, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek
Rental, Ski Cove #3, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, The Lodges
at Sunset Village and Wisp Resort Hotel and Conference Center and activity
offers from A Touch of Class Limousines and Fun Unlimited.
Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is
less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington DC
and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, and a 45 minute drive from
Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD. Garrett County is home to Maryland’s
largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only
ski resort, and the Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two
recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere.
To view all of the 3-2-1 offers or more
information about Garrett County, please stop by
www.visitdeepcreek.com or call