7/17

Drawing Mandalas Workshop Offered in Oakland

Garrett County Arts Council will sponsor a short workshop on creating mandalas using colored pencils. Local artist Paula Browning will lead students through the process from design to completion.

A mandala is a design used in ancient religions as a sacred symbol that represents the universe and its energy.  Symmetrical patterns draw your eye into the center and can be used for meditation.  In this class, students will learn to draw the circular shapes in a pattern that represents their own creative ideas.

Ms. Browning earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drawing and painting from the Philadelphia College of Art.  She is a regular contributing artist at The Gallery Shop in Oakland.  Her work was featured there in a one-woman exhibit in June of 2013.

"Drawing Mandalas with Colored Pencil" will be held on Tuesday, July 29 at the Southern Outreach Center of Garrett College.  Students will be required to bring materials and a list will be provided upon registration.  The class fee is $20.  To register and for more information, call GCAC at 301-334-6580.

Crime Prevention Training to Be Held At Garrett College

The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI), in partnership with the Maryland Crime Prevention Association (MCPA) and Garrett College, will hold a two-day training for law enforcement and crime prevention practitioners.  The program, offered at no cost to participants, is slated for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Garrett College Continuing Education Building, Room 205, on the McHenry campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and registration is now underway.

Bruce A. Lohr, Community Crime Prevention Specialist with the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, outlined the topics that will be covered during the training sessions. “The program will provide attendees with timely and up to date information concerning the dangers of social media, gangs in Western Maryland, missing children with special needs; Homeland Security, human trafficking, and an active shooter.  There will also be introductory information on the Maryland Crime Prevention Association and the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute,” he said.

Lohr pointed out this this program has been approved for 12.5 hours of police and correctional in-service credits (P21899 and C13483).  Registrants must attend the entire training program and successfully pass the written test to receive both in-service credit and a certificate from the Institute.

Shelley Menear, Garrett College Coordinator of Security, also serves as the Area Representative for Western Maryland for the Maryland Crime Prevention Association (MCPA). She has been instrumental in planning previous trainings on crime prevention in Garrett County working with Lohr and Community Crime Prevention Institute.

“The partnership that Garrett College has with MCCPI is very beneficial to the community because it enables us to bring this high quality training to our law enforcement agents. The agenda for this training will include preventive measures for some of today’s most dangerous issues in local communities,” Menear said,

Registration to attend this training is available online at www.mdle.net.  Additional information is available by contacting Bruce Lohr at blohr@dpscs.state.md.us  or Shelley Menear at 301-387-3037 or shelley.menear@garrettcollege.edu    

Adventure Race, Kids Race Set At Broadford Park

At Your Pace Adventure Race, a 5K family-friendly outdoor activity, will be held in Broadford Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. A Kids Race for younger children will be held in conjunction with this 5K race.

The event is coordinated by the Garrett College Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning (CAEL) in cooperation with the town of Oakland, the Greater Oakland Business Association, Deep Creek 2014, and Southern High School Cross Country teams.

According to Michael White, director of CAEL, the adventure race, dubbed AYPAR 5K, is designed to be appropriate for beginner to intermediate level participants. “This 5K is unique because it includes adventure activities such as flat-water paddling, boat portage, trail running, and land navigation. We will also have a few surprises for the racers. Participants must be at least 7-years-old and we require that anyone under the age of 14 be accompanied in the race by a parent, adult family member, or guardian (21 years of age of older). You can race as a team of three or solo. It will be a lot of fun to run as a family or group of friends,” White explained.

The Kids Race will be open to children aged 5-8 years.

Registration is available for teams and for individuals with T-shirts available for pre-registered 5K racers only. Pre-registration is now underway and will continue until July 31.

Registration fees from these events will benefit the Southern High School Cross Country teams.

For more information on these outdoor activities one may visit www.garrettcollege.edu/CAEL or call 301-387-3723.

7/15

State of the Lake Presentation to be Held

The "State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed" will be presented on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Garrett College Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be hosted by Secretary Joseph Gill, of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Garrett County Commissioners. It will include updates on the current state of the lake and its natural resources, the current state of growth in the watershed, and the official release of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan.  The public comment period for the Plan will be from July 25th – August 23rd.

The Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan will serve as a best practices guide to ensure the lake and its watershed meet the vision developed by the Steering Committee:

"Through partnerships with private land owners and government agencies, the Deep Creek watershed will improve its environmental stability and economic viability 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".  

Developed with input from stakeholders, the Plan identifies important actions partners can take to enhance the lake and surrounding area. It describes existing water quality and environmental conditions, assesses future conditions, prioritizes policy changes, identifies pollution sources, and determines restoration opportunities as well as opportunities for public outreach and communication.  Additional information on the planning process can be found on-line at      http://www.dnr.state.md.us/ccs/dcl_wmp.asp.  The Plan will be posted at this site by Friday, July 25th, 2014.

7/11

New Germany State Park to Host Blacksmithing Workshops

Local metal sculptor and blacksmith, Kenny Braitman, will be hosting a series of three blacksmithing workshops at New Germany State Park on July 12, July 26, and August 16.  The series of workshops will include hands-on demonstrations and instruction on the unique art of sculpting metal.    

Braitman’s metalwork has been featured in many shows throughout the region and has been awarded “Best in Show” on multiple occasions.  He specializes in combining traditional blacksmithing techniques with contemporary design, often merging metals with glass, stone, and found objects.  “Together they sometimes make a stronger statement than any of the elements individually,” says Braitman.  “Incorporating materials found in nature lends a soothing, comforting feel for me,” he adds.  Braitman is the owner of Carey Run Forge in Frostburg, Maryland.   

The workshops are free of charge, and will take place outside the New Germany Lake House from 7-9 p.m.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453 or email park-new-germany@dnr.state.md.us.

Old Masters Style Paintings at Garrett Arts

Garrett County Arts Council announces its latest exhibit in the Backroom Gallery located inside The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland.  A collection of oil paintings by member artist Daniel Helsel that will be on display July 14 through August 22.

Helsel began painting in 1995 after retiring from business.  He enjoys painting in the Old Masters style and is influenced by the works of artists like Chardin, Vermeer, and Rembrandt.  He feels their work has lasting quality and beauty.  Hesel paints on oil primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels using a Renaissance formula.

Helsel has trained at several locations including The Sulkowski Academy of Fine Art in Canonsburg, PA, where he studied the texture of silver, brass, gold, glass and porcelain.  “On a regular basis, our gallery visitors are awed by the realism of Mr. Helsel’s work, especially his depiction of Delft pottery and metals” said Karen Reckner, executive director of GCAC.  Mr. Helsel works with actual still life setups in the studio not from photographs.

The artist has won several awards with local art associations.  He has exhibited at the Greensburg Art Association in Greensburg, PA, Bedford Art Association, Jenner Art Gallery at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, and numerous other locations.  His paintings can be found throughout the United States, and have been purchased by Mt. Aloysius College, Community Arts Center, and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.  Helsel resides in Davidsville, PA.

Mr. Helsel has taught still-life painting and demonstrated his work throughout the area.  Garrett County Arts Council has retained him on several occasions to instruct workshops for beginning oil painters.  Currently, he gives lessons from his home studio.

The artist will be honored with a wine and cheese reception Friday, July 18, from 5:00-7:00 pm at The Gallery Shop, 206 E. Alder Street, Oakland.  The public is invited.

The Garrett County Arts Council in a non-profit organization receiving funding from Garrett County government, the Maryland State Arts Council, and annual membership support.  GCAC coordinates activities and events to promote the cultural arts throughout the county and provides annual grant funding to some 20 arts organizations so that they can integrate art into the life of the community.  GCAC also oversees The Gallery Shop in Oakland, a retail showcase of fine arts and handcrafted gifts by regional artists.  For more information, call the office at 301-334-6580 or visit  www.garrettarts.com

7/3

Olympic Athletes Training at ASCI

Deep Creek 2014 invites you to the Adventure Sports Center International to preview over 15 Nation’s Olympic athletes training from July 7-26.  This is your opportunity to preview the World Championship competitors studying the course where they will vie for Gold  September 18-21. Daily schedules will be posted on the Deep Creek 2014 Facebook page and Twitter.

Deep Creek 2014 also invites their Sponsors and the Public to attend SummerFest being held at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) on Friday, July 18, 2014. This event is exactly 2 months out from the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. This is your opportunity to preview the Canoe Slalom World Class Athletes during training.

Garrett County Gives will be there throughout the day selling bandanas to benefit each of the 8 individual charities under their umbrella. The charities included are House of Hope, Cindy’s Fund, Landon’s Library, Broken Roads Associates, I Can Swim, Garrett Trails, Garrett Mentors and Garrett County Humane Society. Each charity’s bandana includes the signature of a USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Athlete. Garrett County Gives will also be selling “Duckies” for the Duckie Race being held later in the afternoon.  Participate in the Ducky Race, watch Garrett County Gives dancing, and buy a BBQ dinner. Enjoy the Sponsor Mascot Dance Contest, Sponsor Raft Race, Live Music, Radio Remote and More!!

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to 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.

B52 MEMORIAL SERVICE ROAD CLOSURE

A Memorial service being held Saturday, July 12th  beginning at 11:00 AM, will honor the B-52 crew members involved in the crash of the bomber 50 years ago in January, 1964. The service will result in the closure of  State Route 40 east of Grantsville, Maryland for about two hours. The closure will allow a memorial service to be held at the B-52 Monument at Little Crossings, River Road, about a mile east of the town along the highway. The closure is scheduled from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and extends from the blinking light at New Germany Road to First Street in Grantsville. Visitors to Penn Alps Restaurant and Spruce Forest may  access the village only from the east side of Grantsville (Exit 19 off  I-68) during these times. Guests of the program should not park in the Penn Alps lots. Penn Alps will allow parking for the event  in their overflow lot between Route 40 and I-68. The Maryland Department of Highways has approved the closure. In case of bad weather the event will be held at Avilton Community Center. A flyover by a C-123 is also planned.  

Scheduled guest speakers are Lt. Colonel James P. Brown and Major General (2stars) Melissa Rank. Colonel Brown is Chief of Safety of the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Coraopolis, PA. Colonel Brown, is responsible for flight and ground safety for the unit. He has over 6600 flying hours and is a Command Pilot and Instructor Pilot. He has flown the B-52G as an Electronics Warfare Officer and currently flies the KC-135 Tanker. He holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and graduated from Air Command and Staff College and The Air War College. He holds the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal among a number of other decorations.  

Major General Melissa Rank was born in Frostburg, MD and currently resides in Swanton, MD. She was the Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development and Assistant Air Force Surgeon General Nursing Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters USAF, Bolling AFB, D.C. General Rank commanded an Aeromedical Squadron in Southeast Asia as well as a medical operations squadron and two medical groups. She holds a Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster along with many other awards and decorations.

Delegate Wendell Beitzel will present Maryland State Legislative Citations to family members of the crew. A number of other events are scheduled during the day. Exhibits from the crash and experts will be on hand explain the crash scenario and the artifacts at the Avilton Community Center, 8295 Avilton-Lonaconing Road, Lonaconing, MD. Markers have been placed near the monuments of the crew members who died and brochures and maps will available for visitors.

Please visit www.grantsvillemuseum.org and www.BuzzOneFour.org for further details.  

7/1

Summer Reading Club 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Read!

Ruth Enlow Library’s Summer Reading Club 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Read – will be held at the Oakland, Accident, Grantsville, and Kitzmiller libraries during July. From chemistry experiments, meteorology, and soil and plant science to techno fun with robotics and engineering, the topics promise to be fun and educational.

All programs are free, and children choose their own reading materials and track their progress using the reading logs provided. “Summer Reading Club helps stop the ‘summer slide’ – a documented two-month loss in learning over the summer break – by encouraging students to read about topics that are fun and exciting,” said Julie Iden, Children’s Specialist at the Oakland Library. “Motivating children to read over the summer helps bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one.”

Registration for the program opens June 1. All those interested in attending the series are asked to call their local library branch to register, or to email the following contacts: julie@relib.net for Oakland, susan@relib.net for Accident, kim@relib.net for Grantsville, and diane@relib.net for Kitzmiller. Friendsville is running a walk-in program with books, crafts, activities, and Kindles and iPads for students during the summer, which requires no registration.

Dates at all branches are as follows:

  • Oakland—weekly from July 9 – July 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 3 – 5 year-olds on Wednesdays, 6 – 12 year-olds on Thursdays

  • Grantsville—Wednesdays from July 9 – July 23, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages

  • Accident—Tuesdays from July 8 – July 22, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages

  • Kitzmiller—Fridays, July 11 – July 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Friendsville—Walk-in program from June 9 – August 16. The library will offer a special activity from June 30 – July 5.

Summer Reading Club is a cooperative project between the local Maryland public libraries and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The state also is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library contributes significant funds towards the library’s summer reading program. And this year, the Friends partnered with the Garrett County Education Association to provide free books for participants. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Science Center contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.

Printed materials for Summer Reading Club are available at library branches, and information is available online at www.relib.net.

11th Annual Quilt Raffle to Benefit Friendsville Library

The Friendsville Library Quilters have completed their 11th quilt titled "The Amazing Log Cabin Quilt," 60 x 72 inches in size (twin-full) and hand-quilted.

“This quilt has been accumulating its own story ever since it was begun,” noted the quilters. “Three of us chose the fabric for it with amazing unanimity of opinion, and four of us cut it and stitched it together with only minor problems, most of our own making. Seven of us quilted and finished it in record time. What a wonderfully easy quilt, we thought. Then we took the quilt up to the office of one of our group to await her return to put on the binding, and the quilt began its own series of amazing adventures. It was thrown into the trash by an overzealous cleaning woman and made its way to the landfill, from whence it was rescued and given its first bath. It survived that and being put on a towel that bled blue dye before it ever received its binding. Now it is yours (if you win the raffle). Will it continue its adventures with you? We think this quilt will have an interesting life.”

The quilt will be on display at the Friendsville Library, which is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 - 8 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The quilt also will be displayed at the Heritage Quilt Show during the Autumn Glory Festival in October.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and all proceeds benefit the library. Tickets will be available mid-June from the quilters, local Friendsville merchants, and End of the Line Bookstore in Oakland. Tickets are not available at the library. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at noon on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Friendsville Library.

Library Quilters who created this quilt are: first row, left to right – Ina Hicks and Mimi Demaree; second row – Glenna Reese, Marilyn Moors, and Louise Lawrence. Missing from the photo are Helen Bowser and Jennifer Pletta.

PET ADOPTION DAYS AT THE HART ANIMAL CENTER

HART will be holding an animal adoption event throughout this summer at the HART Animal Center. Every Wednesday and Saturday during July and August, beginning July 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the HART Animal Center will hold an adoption event featuring adoptable dogs and cats from the Garrett County Animal Shelter. The Center is located at 1265 Bumble Bee Road in Accident, Maryland.

“Summertime is when shelters become over-crowded, making it almost impossible to transport our homeless animals to adoption and foster facilities,” says Caroline Robison, Bredel Veterinary Clinic Manager. “The Adoption Days at the new HART Animal Center will provide a warm and friendly environment for county residents and visitors to find their future four-legged family members.” 

The HART for Animals adoption policy and process will be applicable during the Adoption Day events. For more information, please call 301.387.7729 or visit www.hartforanimals.org

6/25

Garrett Chamber Releases 2013-2014 Year End Report

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announces the release of their 2013 – 2014 year-end report, which highlights their accomplishments for their 2014 fiscal year.

“We are very proud of what the Chamber accomplished this past year for our members and the community,” said Merlin Beitzel, 2013-2014 Chairman of the Board. “It has been an honor to lead an organization that strives for greatness and has made such a positive impact on Garrett County.”

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in Garrett County with more than 600 member firms representing every industry in the region. The Chamber is governed by a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by a professional staff of 13 (7 full time & 6 part-time)

The Chamber also serves as the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the county and is responsible for promoting all of Garrett County to the more than 1.2 million travelers a year that visit the area.

For the 2014 fiscal year, covering the time period from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, highlights of the Chamber’s accomplishments include:

Tourism

Completed 18-month long branding study and launched new county-wide brand – The Deep Creek Experience
 Hosted more than 18,000 travelers at the I-68 Yough Overlook Welcome Center
Increased Accommodation Sales Collections by 4% as of April 2014
Garrett County tourism sales tax collections up 9% for first 6 months of FY 14
Secured $125,000 in state tourism marketing match grant fund
Met 1-on-1 with 27 groups and tour operators through sales blitzes and FAM tours
Launched new Heritage Area website – www.garrettheritage.com

Secured more than $150,000 in Heritage Area grant money and awarded $10,000 to local Heritage related projects
Helped coordinate Casselman Bridge bicentennial and created 3 new interpretive displays
Hosted 4 Heritage educational workshops
Hosted the annual meeting of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
Blitzed D.C., Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh markets with advertising on TV, radio, billboards, buses, in metro stations, in print, mobile and online including using Google Adword
Through our Group Sales and Marketing initiative we received 46 group leads for more than 3,500 people; confirmed 14 groups including group tours, meetings and destination weddings accounting for more than $280,000 in visitor spending; and are actively working 17 future leads in various stages of the inquiry and booking process.
Produced and distributed 60,000 copies of the 2013 Visitors Guide and 35,000 copies of the 2013-14 Activities Guide
Provided ongoing support and assistance for Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
Attracted more than 350,000 unique visitors to www.visitdeepcreek.com

Business Services

Hosted Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot for Business Before Hours
Launched Business Education Series with Garrett Information Enterprise Center
Added 54 new member
Hosted nearly 2,200 attendees at Chamber events
Garrett County Diplomats who assisted in 14 ribbon cuttings/grand openings/ground breakings

Advocacy

     •Coordinated & led D.C. advocacy trip for Garrett County delegation including mayors, county commission, economic 
         development, businesses, and Community Action

     • Hosted Local Candidates forum for Commissioner and Board of Education candidates to help educate voters
     •
Provided information to state appointed task force that led to the recommendation for a post-Labor Day start for Maryland
      Schools
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Effectively lobbied on state legislation achieving a 79% success rate and defeating anti-business legislation including
        mandatory sick leave
     •
Co-hosted a very successful PACE reception and breakfast in Annapolis

 Even as the Chairman of the Board and someone very familiar with our 21-page Program of Work, I am amazed at what we accomplished. The Chamber’s volunteers and staff work tirelessly to provide necessary services, programs and assistance to the businesses and organizations of our community.”

The Chamber’s next fiscal year begins July 1, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2015. Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse will serve as Chair for the 2015 Fiscal Year.

 

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Business Before Hours – State of the County on July 15

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a State Of The County at the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Wisp Resort. Join Garrett County Commissioners Bob Gatto, Jim Raley and Gregan Crawford as they discuss the County’s priorities, pending projects, challenges and plans for this fiscal year. The forum begins at 8 am with breakfast and networking, followed by the program from 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

“We are very pleased to host our County Commissioners to provide our members an overview of how Garrett County is faring,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “It’s been a tough few years and it is important that what is happening in the County is communicated with the business community. “

Potomac Edison and Clear Mountain Bank are the sponsors of Business Before Hours – State of the County. Potomac Edison provides reliable low-cost electrical service for Western Maryland. Clear Mountain Bank is a locally-owned community bank that offers quality financial services and products with fast, friendly and convenient service.

The cost for members is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  The cost for non-members is $30.  Register online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Carol Hauser at 301.387.6171 by noon on Monday, July 14 to receive the advance payment discount for members.  Space is limited so early reservations are recommended.

The Business Before Hours breakfast programs are bi-monthly events designed to focus on specific topics with formal presentations.  Non-competing sponsorship opportunities are available for each forum.  For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paula Thomas at 301.387.5237 or paula@garrettchamber.com.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional organization in the region representing more than 650 member firms.  The Chamber is the voice of business while providing networking/promotion opportunities, education & training, cost savings & benefits and community involvement. 

GC Offering Piano, Music Composition, Songwriting Classes

Piano studies and composition/songwriting for the musical enthusiast are among the summer classes offered through the Continuing Education and Training Division of Garrett College in Grantsville at the Northern Outreach Center (NOC). These classes are offered on an ongoing basis in ten, half-hour individualized segments by appointment

The piano studies course allows for individual studies in piano and music theory for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Beginning students will be taught music reading skills and basic piano technique. Intermediate and advanced students will be able to further develop their technique through scales and etudes and explore a variety of piano literature. Students must have access to a piano or electric keyboard to practice assignments on a daily basis. The age range for the course is five-years-old and up.

For composition/songwriting for the musical enthusiast, students will be taught various compositional techniques to develop an approach to creating new compositions. Students will also have the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of music notation software and ability to discuss various aspects of composition, including form, instrumentation, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, and dynamics. As a pre-requisite, students must have a fundamental understanding of music theory and be proficient on an instrument.

Both courses are being instructed by local composer and musician, Dr. Sean Beachy of Grantsville. Dr. Beachy earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University.

Dr. Beachy has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. Dr. Beachy is currently a freelance composer and accompanist. He is the church organist at Frostburg United Methodist Church. He is also the piano accompanist for various local high school choral programs, as well as students and instructors at Frostburg State University and West Virginia University.

For additional information, persons may contact Terry Beachy, NOC Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. Prior to registration, the student will need to meet with Dr. Beachy to discuss his/her proficiency.

Volunteers Needed for "Invasive Plant War" at New Germany State Park!

New Germany State Park is seeking volunteers ages 8 and up to assist with removing unwanted plants during a week-long Invasive Plant War.  The War will take place on Monday, June 30th through Friday, July 4th, from 9 am – 3 pm each day.  Volunteers are invited to participate in any or all work days, and may choose to work full-days or partial-days.  Training and tools will be provided, and no prior knowledge or experience is needed. Volunteers will be working under the direction of the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), which is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects. 

The main targets of the Invasive Plant War will include garlic mustard, honeysuckle, and periwinkle, which are all prevalent within New Germany State Park.  These non-native, invasive plants spread aggressively and out-compete native vegetation.  This often results in problems for other species that depend on native vegetation for food.  For example, garlic mustard spreads quickly and out-competes native toothwort, which is the primary food source for the West Virginia white butterfly, a rare native insect. 

Each work day will begin at 9 am at the New Germany Lake House.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves.  Although pre-registration is not required, volunteers may sign up in advance by calling the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.  

The Dan's Mountain Pool is Now Open!

 

The Maryland Park Service is pleased to announce that the swimming pool at Dan’s Mountain State Park is now open for the season.  The opening was delayed this year due to renovations, which included repainting the pool, installing a new ADA-accessible lift chair and handrails, and making some necessary repairs.  These renovations not only improved the appearance of the pool, but also made the pool safer and more accessible for persons with disabilities.

Hours of operation are 11 am to 6 pm daily, except for Tuesdays, when the pool is closed.  Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times when the pool is open.  Hours are subject to change based on weather and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours.

The Dan’s Mountain Pool is also available by reservation for private pool parties with certified lifeguards on duty.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

In addition to the swimming pool, Dan’s Mountain State Park features four large group pavilions, a gigantic recycled-tire playground, and a put-and-take trout fishing area.  Nearby, Dan's Rock Overlook affords a panoramic view of the surrounding region from a height of 2,898 feet.  For more information, please visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.  

Guitar Studies Offered at GC In Grantsville

A summer music course in guitar will be offered through the Continuing Education and Training Division of Garrett College at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Registration is now open for classes that will be offered in ten, half-hour individualized segments by appointment.

This course will provide instruction in guitar fundamentals as well as music theory for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Beginning students will develop skills in reading musical notation and basic guitar technique playing melody and chords. Intermediate and advanced students will be offered skills to develop their technique through scales and etudes and explore a variety of guitar literature as well as being taught to improvise and compose their own works.  

Intermediate and advanced students will be instructed in how to analyze music, compose, and transcribe their own works. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: recognize the parts of the guitar, tune the guitar, produce good tone, sight-read musical notation and symbols, play melodies and chords, and evidence a strong musical vocabulary.

Prior to registration, the student will need to discuss his/her proficiency with the instructor. Students must have access to a guitar to practice assignments on a daily basis. Guitar can be electric, acoustic, or classical.  Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to use the Progressive Guitar Series Book 1 and 2. Advanced students are encouraged to use Mel Bay Series method books 3-7. The age range for the course is five-years-old and up.

The course will be instructed by local musician, Robert G. Wallace who has an Associate Degree in Secondary Education from Allegany College of Maryland, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Frostburg State University. While a student at FSU, Wallace was appointed the position of Music Theory Tutor for 2012, and received several scholarships including the 2011-2012 Thelma Shockley Scholarship, the 2011-2012 Mabel Myers Music Memorial Scholarship, the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Marguerite Witwer Richards Scholarship, the 2012-2013 Margaret Ager Smith Music Scholarship, the 2013-2014 Woodward and Virginia Pealer Scholarship, the 2013-2014 Edward S. & Sarah J. Moran Presidential Merit Scholarship, as well as the 2013-2014 Elisabeth Hitchins Memorial Scholarship through the FSU Foundation.

Wallace’s teaching background includes offering private lessons for five years plus currently teaching at the Cumberland Music Academy.  He has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 70 years old including beginners through advanced players. 

For additional information on this and other music instruction, persons may contact Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu.

84 Lumber Creates Global Opportunity for Southern Students

Woodshop students at Southern High are putting a lesson to work in the final weeks of the school year—build it and they will come. Thanks to a $5,000 contribution from 84 Lumber in Oakland students are constructing an assortment of wood projects needed for this fall’s ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in McHenry.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that 84 Lumber has chosen to support an important Garrett County event and give some local students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Todd Copley, executive director for Deep Creek 2014, the organization producing the event. “Not only will the students get a learning experience, but they’ll be able to see their work in action when we welcome teams from all over the world in September.”

J.C. Whitehair, manager of the Oakland store, recently announced the contribution and is working with the high school to supply the materials necessary to build platforms, boat racks, signboards, and an awards podium to be used during the September 18-21 competition at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).

Loren Bowser, building trades instructor at Southern, is in charge of the students and their work.

The ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will include more than 35 international teams and 300 athletes. This year’s event is only the second time the championships have been held in the United States. Garrett County previously hosted the event on the Savage River in 1989.

Tickets are now on sale, and complete information can be found by visiting the official championship website—deepcreek2014.com.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces Board and Officers

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2014/2015 Board of Directors and Officers.

The 2014/2015 Chamber Board of Directors include Jim Bailey of GCC Technologies, Merlin Beitzel of Beitzel Corporation, Billy Bishoff of Gap Run Farm, Inc., Linda Carr of CLS Ventures, Inc.—The Lake-Front Magazine,  Judy Devlin of the Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine, Laura Fike of Garrett Mentors, Inc., Jerry Geisler of Wisp Resort,  Jeff Gosnell of Gosnell, Inc., Shane Grady of Boal & Associates, P.C., Cristine Kepple of Kepple Law Firm, Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Nancy Railey of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Phil Rodeheaver of My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, Jan Russell of Savage River Lodge and Pam Trickett of DCL Mountain Maids. The Chamber Board of Directors was elected by the Chamber membership.

The 2014/2015 Board Officers were elected by the Chamber Board of Directors. The Board Officers are Patty Manown Mash, Chair; Billy Bishoff, First Vice Chair; Jim Bailey, Second Vice Chair; Jan Russell, Secretary and Shane Grady, Treasurer.

At the Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner last week, the Chamber thanked outgoing Board Chair Merlin Beitzel of Beitzel Corporation for his leadership of the Chamber for the past year. Retiring Board members, Bob Browning of Deep Creek Outfitters Hardware & Bait House and Ed Lytle of ERL Financial Services, were also thanked for their service to the Chamber.

The 2014 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank and Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Supporting Level: Wisp Resort, Silver Level: M&T Bank and Mountain Postal.

The Chamber’s fiscal year begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015.

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please visit us online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.

Branding Study Advisory Committee Announced as 2014 Chamber Volunteers of the Year

 The winners of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year were announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 5 at Wisp Resort. Merlin Beitzel, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, the Branding Study Advisory Committee.

 The Branding Study Advisory Committee is comprised of: Leigh Clarke, Emily Newman Edwards, Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Clint McCabe, Paula Yudelevit and designers, Mark & Laura Stutzman. The Branding Study Advisory Committee yielded Garrett County’s first-ever community wide brand – The Deep Creek Experience - which is used by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce in tourism promotion, by the Garrett County Department of Community Planning and Development and entities throughout the County.

“We are delighted to present The Branding Study Advisory Committee with the Volunteer of the Year Award as a token of our appreciation for all of the hours they have spent in helping the county with our new brand,” said Merlin Beitzel, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Chairman.

“The Branding Study Advisory Committee’s personal skills and experience were the X-Factor necessary for the successful completion of this task,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We thank them for all of their hard work helping to develop the county’s new brand.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual member who has provided outstanding service to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for a particular program year. The Branding Study Advisory Committee was selected from the more than 100 volunteers who help support the Chamber each year.  2011’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year was Bill Meagher of Lakeside Creamery, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year was Bob Carney of Long & Foster and the 2013 Volunteer of the Year was Jim Christie of Thrasher Engineering.

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or visit us online at visitdeepcreek.com.

Skip and Linda Car Announced as 2014 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award were announced at the annual Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 5 at Wisp Resort. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winners, Skip & Linda Carr of CLS Ventures – The Lake-Front Magazine.

Skip & Linda moved to Garrett County in 1986 and seeing the need for a publication geared to visitors in the area but one that also appealed to locals as well, they published the first issue of The Lake-Front Magazine in January 1991. Over the past 23 years, The Lake-Front has grown from a sparse 24 pages to full print capacity (128 pages during the summer months). At the suggestion of some of the local restaurant owners, in the summer of 2003, they started publishing The Menu Guide, a semi-annual publication, in the summer of 2003. Then Skip & Linda expanded their business to include print services in 2008, including their popular Mini-Rack program. Skip and Linda are responsible for all aspects of the business: writing, ad sales and distribution.

Linda served on the House of Hope Board of Directors for fifteen years and with the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival for nine. She has been a Board Member for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for the past two years and has served on various committees there, including the Marketing Roundtable and Legislative Affairs. She is currently the Garrett County representative on the Maryland State Chamber Board of Directors and works part-time as an adjunct professor at Garrett College.

While daughter Caitlin was in school, Skip volunteered with the student banking program and helped with her various fund-raising efforts. He was voted “Parent of the Year” by the Northern High Cheerleaders.

Winners of the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award must have originated and developed a business from inception, shown a willingness to take risks, shown community involvement, held high ethical standards and demonstrated leadership by overcoming a formidable problem that threatened business’ existence or shown business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful or overlooked opportunity that will make an important contribution to Garrett County’s business environment through substantive community impact.

 The Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee, comprised of previous winners, selects three nominees to be voted on by the general Chamber membership. The other two nominees for 2014 were Tom & Sara Jane Kuhn of Funland and Jim and Shirley Bailey of GCC Technologies.

 

Past honorees include Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Bill Sisler, Olen Beitzel, Johnny Marple, Jim Flanigan, Sr., Will and Sharon Roszell, Barry Rush, Rob Michael, Dave & Mimi Demaree, Brenda McDonnell, Bill Meagher, Michael Deligatti, Sr., Jan Russell, Frank Vitéz and Judy Devlin.

 

The 2014 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank and Garrett County Memorial Hospital, LLC, Supporting Level: Wisp Resort and Silver Level: M&T Bank and Mountain Postal.  

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or visit us online at visitdeepcreek.com.

Deep Creek 2014 Announces SummerFest July 18
See International Athletes Train for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

  Deep Creek 2014 invites the public to attend Deep Creek 2014 SummerFest being held at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) on Friday, July 18, 2014. Deep Creek 2014 Summerfest  is your opportunity to see participating athletes training for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, which are held September 17 – 21, 2014 at ASCI in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

Team USA will be on the ASCI recirculating whitewater course training at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. France, Slovakia and Great Britain will also train on the course during the day. Commercial Rafting for the public will be open from 11:00 am-3:30 pm. Plus, you can purchase a BBQ dinner, see the Sponsor Raft Race, Live Music, Radio Remote and watch the Sponsor Mascot Dance Contest.

Melissa Anderson, Deep Creek 2014 Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Specialist said, “This is a great opportunity to see World Class Athletes train two months before the World Championships and you’ll also be supporting local charities as well.”

During Deep Creek 2014 Summerfest, Garrett County Gives will be selling bandanas to benefit each of the 8 individual charities under their umbrella. The charities included are House of Hope, Cindy’s Fund, Landon’s Library, Broken Roads Associates, I Can Swim, Garrett Trails, Garrett Mentors and Garrett County Humane Society. Each charity’s bandana includes the signature of a USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Athlete. Garrett County Gives will also perform a dance routine and they’ll be selling “Duckies” for the Duckie Race being held later in the afternoon. 

Can’t make it to Deep Creek 2014 Summerfest on July 18? The Nations of Lithuania, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, New Zealand, Poland, and Canada are also registered for training on the ASCI course later during the month so be sure to log onto deepcreek2014.com for the full month-long training schedule.

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at ASCI in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to 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.

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Launches New Website

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area proudly announces the launch of their new website, www.garrettheritage.com.  Designed with a fresh new look and user friendly navigation, the website provides the latest information about Heritage Area sites, programs and events.

Dawn Hein, Director of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area explains, “Our goal was to create a website that will be a tool for heritage tourism and will benefit our heritage area by increasing awareness and access to information for local residents and tourists. We invite you to visit garrettheritage.com to explore, learn and be amazed as you learn about our area’s Heritage. ”

Guests to the website will discover Garrett County’s history, explore new sites and experience the unspoiled beauty along Garrett County’s scenic byways, parks and trails. Website features include a listing of sites and attractions, Events Calendar, History and Tours & Itineraries.  Join us and discover an authentic heritage experience in the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.

This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.  Funding has also been provided in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.  As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.

Garrett Arts Council Offers Fused Glass Workshop

"What's Frit Got To Do With It?" is the title of a class where students will learn to design fused glass projects.  Part of the Garrett County Arts Council's summer workshop series, this class will be led by well known local glass artist Julie Turrentine at her Snowbird Creations Glass Studio near Swanton.

A retired Air Force veteran, Turrentine visited a lot of art galleries as she traveled the world with her career.  In her retirement, she started creating beautiful glass works and opened a studio at her home in the Loch Glade Sanctuary section of Sky Valley.  "I like to push the envelope, try new processes, put a twist on old processes, and let the kiln be my partner as we combine color, texture, and shape," says the instructor.

In the three day workshop, students will be able to create several fused glass projects using what Turrentine refers to as "toys":  frit, mica powder, stringers, noodles, nuggets, fusing paper, fusing paint, copper, and anything else that may be found in the studio.  Project options include a pendant, chimes, soap dish, napkin holder, sculpture, or other possibilities.  There are no rules to this project, just a chance to be creative,

The first day, students will learn design, cutting and fusing glass.  Day 2, Turrentine will lead the group through slumping.  The fusing process will be discussed and students will learn what happens inside the kiln.  And on the last day, the kiln will be opened to reveal the final projects.  The class will conclude with a review and open discussion of the outcome of the kiln firing.

The class will be held Friday through Sunday, August 1-3.  Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10am-4pm.  Sunday hours are 1pm-4pm. No prior experience is needed.  The cost per student is $50 which includes all materials. Class is limited in size and preregistration is required by calling Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.  Deadline to register is July 7.

Chamber Accepting Submissions for 2nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Photo Contest

  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is accepting photograph submissions for the Second Annual Autumn Glory Festival Photo Contest.

 The winning photo of the Autumn Glory contest will be featured on the cover of the Official 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure, which is produced and distributed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, and auctioned off as poster-sized canvas at the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Dinner on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 with the auction proceeds used towards the future educational attainment of the Autumn Glory King and Queen. The photo may also be used in advertising and press materials promoting the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

 Entries for this year’s contest should be Autumn-themed featuring fall foliage/colors and taken in Garrett County. Photos will be judged on quality, composition, content, originality uniqueness, creativity, mass appeal and reproductive quality. Only vertical photo submissions will be considered to be used on the cover of the Autumn Glory brochure and to be converted to poster size.  All photos must be original photographs taken in the past two years. The winning contestant will be responsible for the printing of the photograph in a 22 x 28 poster sized print or canvas display.

 Entries should include the photographer’s first & last name, address, phone number, email address, and the location in Garrett County that the photo the was taken. Photos submitted for the Autumn Glory contest may be used by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for an indefinite amount of time. Photographers release the rights to utilize their photograph for use with advertising and promotion; photograph credit will be given whenever possible. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

 This year's contest deadline is June 23, 2014. Photos may be submitted by email to jen@garrettchamber.com or via USB thumb drive or CD/DVD to Autumn Glory Photo Contest Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541.

USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team Expresses Gratitude for Garrett County Hospitality

The USA Canoe Slalom Team was in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland from May 15 - May 23, 2014 training for the upcoming ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships which will be held September 17 – 21, 2014 at Deep Creek Lake’s Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).

The team not only trained on the prestigious World championship course at ASCI, they also got a taste of good old fashioned Garrett County Hospitality. Several sponsors of the Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, as well as other area businesses, hosted the USA Team athletes by providing meals and entertainment. Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty provided the Team housing through their vacation rental division. The Town of Oakland provided two lunches for the team from the Oakland-based Get n Go and Pizza Hut. Also providing a lunch was Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. MoonShadow Café hosted the Team for dinner Friday. Dutch’s at Silver Tree hosted the Team for Brunch on Sunday. Dinner and amusements were provided by Smiley’s Pizzeria and FunZone. Perkins hosted the Team on Wednesday lunch and Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub hosted the Team for dinner Wednesday as well. Pest Management Services, Inc hosted a lunch for the Team and Deep Creek Fitness hosted the Team workouts throughout the week.

Unlike most of their competitors, the USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team is self-funded. Each athlete must pay all of their own expenses. It is through generous sponsors and individual donations that they are able to continue competing. Casey Eichfeld: C1 and C2 Slalom Athlete as well as the Garrett County Gives, House of Hope Partner said, “The Deep Creek 2014 camp has been amazing! I’m a little sad it had to end. The hospitality has been unforgettable! See you soon Deep Creek and Garrett County, thank you!”

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to 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.

For more information, about the Deep Creek 2014 event, please visit their website at www.deepcreek2014.com. For more information about Adventure Sports Center International, the host site of Deep Creek 2014, please visit www.adventuresportscenter.com. For more information about visiting Garrett County or planning your trip to attend Deep Creek 2014, please log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.

GCMH SCHEDULES GROUNDBREAKING AND GRAND OPENING FOR NEW SERVICES

Officials at Garrett County Memorial Hospital have announced Monday, June 2 as the date for groundbreaking for a new, four story addition to the facility immediately followed by the Grand Opening of the Hospital’s new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center.

“This represents two milestones for Garrett County Memorial Hospital. The four-story addition and renovation project at Garrett County Memorial Hospital will modernize the facility and improve the community’s access to health care. The new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center provides access to a healthcare service that has not been available in the area,” explained Mark Boucot, Hospital President/CEO.

The new cardiac rehabilitation services are designed for those who have chronic Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Cardiac Heart Failure (CHF) or have had a recent cardiac event such as a heart attack, bypass surgery, heart stents, heart valve replacements, or transplant. The new pulmonary rehabilitation service was developed for those who have COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplant, and other chronic lung conditions. “The new center will allow for patients to be proactive in managing these diseases and will help to keep patients out of the hospital and lead a better life through healthy diet and exercise,” stated Dr. Johnson from Garrett Medical Group.

Kendra Thayer, RN BSN, program director, cites the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that heart and lung disease are among the leading causes of death in our nation. “Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are an invaluable way to learn how to manage chronic conditions while also decreasing the risk of having a more severe event related to these conditions that could lead to a hospitalization,” stated Ms. Thayer.

The Hospital’s construction-renovation project includes a 19,504 square foot expansion along with renovations to one third of the current Hospital space. Most of the patient care services will be impacted and improved as a result of this $22 million expansion project. “This project will position Garrett County Memorial Hospital to further expand upon services and provide greater access to healthcare to the community close to home,” concluded Boucot.

Be a Part of the World Championships!

  Opportunities for key internship, volunteer and community participation exist. Individuals can help out during our planning phase beginning now through the execution of the event in September (2014). Whether it’s an hour a week or more, we encourage everyone to look at the functional areas below and commit some time to putting your stamp on the World Championships! Your expertise and input will be extremely appreciated.

The Following Projects represent longer term commitments but can still be spread over an extended period of time leading up to the event. Needs for Social & Hospitality Coordinators, VIP & Officials Liaison, Accreditation Coordinators, Athlete Services Liaison, Sponsorship Coordinators, Merchandising Coordinators, Operations Coordinators, The Official Program, Group Sales, and Spectator Experience.

We encourage all interested persons to contact us about specific qualifications and/or experience and time requirements. Please contact us to express interest in these exciting volunteer possibilities. Inquiries can be sent to: info@deepcreek2014.com

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to 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. NBC Sports will be airing three segments from the World Championships as well. 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.

For more information, about the Deep Creek 2014 event, please visit their website at www.deepcreek2014.com. For more information about Adventure Sports Center International, the host site of Deep Creek 2014, please visit www.adventuresportscenter.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS… “Old Time Jams” are coming soon! 

New Germany State Park is proud to announce the return of good old-fashioned toe-tappin’ fun, with the fifth season of “Old Time Jams” set to begin in May.  Old Time Jams are scheduled to take place at the New Germany Lake House on the following SATURDAYS in 2014

- July 5 & 19
- August 2, 16, & 30 

These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for musicians and listeners of all ages to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass, and other “old-time” Appalachian music.  The Jams will be held at the New Germany Lake House, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., with no charge for admission.

Food, refreshments, and gifts will be available for purchase at the Lake House.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453 or email park-new-germany@dnr.state.md.us.

Garrett County Launches New Brand: The Deep Creek Experience

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Garrett County Office of Economic Development, has launched a new county-wide brand for Garrett County, Maryland. The new brand, “The Deep Creek Experience”, created by Garrett-County based design firm, Eloqui, will be used county-wide with the goal of increasing people, jobs and investment in Garrett County.

Embracing a sense of nostalgia, the new brand “The Deep Creek Experience” includes the word “Authentic” with reference to all of the activities and items for which Garrett County is known.

“Based on our research, we needed a logo and messaging that would elicit feelings of nostalgia, while conveying the authenticity of our community and staying true to who we are, said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “The art and messaging needed to feature our most recognizable asset which communicates our geographic location while allowing for use county-wide. The entire County needs to leverage the equity of Deep Creek even if the business, town or organization is not in close proximity to the Lake. “

Mike Koch, Executive Director of Garrett County Community Planning and Development concurred, saying, "Good brands speak truthfully to their target audiences.  We spent a great deal of time and energy collecting input from our residents and visitors to ensure that our County brand was authentic, and was broad enough to help us grow as we move forward.  Current residents and visitors know fondly their ‘Deep Creek Experience’, we invite you to come find yours!"

The 18-month project included analysis and assessment, brand positioning and definition, content generation, brand launch and maintenance, and evaluation of the County’s Priority Funding Areas in relation to long-term economic development objectives.

An Advisory Committee, consisting of five area marketing professionals, was created to provide input and feedback throughout the process. The Advisory Committee met approximately every two weeks during the analysis/assessment phase and throughout the creation of the brand messaging and position.

Analysis and assessment was handled through both quantitative and qualitative research. Following a review of existing research and data previously collected new data collection tools were developed to be used for one-on-one interviews with key-stakeholders and focus groups within the County, along with an online survey tool to analyze responses from visitors, second-home owners from outside the County. Using these three different methods allowed for the collection of data from various audiences and to gain different perspectives. When determining a brand, it is more important to have external perspectives rather than internal perspectives. This tells you how others view you or your product and not just how you think you or your product is viewed.

“We were very pleased with the 2,243 responses to the survey and utterly impressed with the more than 800 detailed free-form responses,” said Ms. Christian. “We will be able to continue using this data for a long time and for a variety of purposes”

While the results were not overly surprising, they did provide statistical validity to what would transpire. It was very clear that Deep Creek Lake is the most widely known attraction in Garrett County identified by 72% of the respondents. It was also revealed that just as many people come to Garrett County to rest and relax as those who come to play and find adventure. A Lichert scale was used to determine reasons that people visit Garrett County. On a scale of one to 10 with 10 being most important, unplug and rest scored an 8.62 and variety of outdoor activities scored an 8.2. This was an important assessment because the brand must convey both of these sentiments.

Another key element of the findings was that Deep Creek/Garrett County sparks a sense of nostalgia, a reminder of simpler times for people and the area inspires a feeling more than just being a place.

The results also provided very good statistical information on the activities in which people participate, items of importance, views on business opportunities and attractiveness for new residents and entrepreneurs.

Other important data disclosed through the survey to be used in marketing with the new brand includes:

·         94% of visitors would recommend Deep Creek/Garrett County as a vacation destination

·         Visitation frequency is very high – 52% visit monthly, 18% visit weekly, 23% visit quarterly

·         75% of visitors travel more than two hours each way

·         Physical attributes that best describe Garrett County – Deep Creek Lake, mountains, natural beauty, quiet & tranquility, state parks

·         The county is not perceived as crowded, underdeveloped, backward or boring

“The results from both the qualitative and quantitative research also provided us with information on areas for improvement, some of which can be handled through public relations to transform some misconceptions about Garrett County’s business environment,” said Mr. Koch. “This is a very entrepreneurial community with a great foundation for business creation and development and we need to do a better job of telling that story. We also have quality jobs available, especially for those who seek a great quality of life where they work. Economic Developers know that people want to work where they play and Garrett County offers this lifestyle.”

The assessment and analysis clearly demonstrated that Garrett County’s brand is rooted in Deep Creek and there is considerable equity in Deep Creek that should be leveraged by all residents and businesses.

“Deep Creek communicates geographic location that is regional as well as specific. Utilizing “The Deep Creek Experience” unbinds the brand from the physical lake and it communicates that the area means different things to different people,” commented Ms. Christian.

As part of the messaging and to help communicate all that Deep Creek/Garrett County is, a series of badges were also created to reflect the primary categories of attractions and activities in Garrett County. The badges also create an opportunity for businesses, towns or organizations to customize the branding to better reflect their category/function.

As part of the implementation plan, all Garrett County businesses are encouraged to utilize the new branding design and logos. The primary Deep Creek Experience logo can even be customized to better reflect a business’ category/function.

“As with all brands, we recognize that it will take a few years for the brand to become pervasive and prevalent. We must be persistent with the implementation and work to continue to recruit new local partners to utilize the brand,” said Ms. Christian.

Local businesses and organizations can receive a copy of the Deep Creek Experience Style & User Kit, which includes all logos and badges by contacting the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 or email branding@garrettchamber.com. All community partners utilizing the new brand must sign and return a partnership agreement to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

Phase II of Garrett County’s new brand implementation will begin in spring of 2014 and Phase III will begin in the summer of 2014. Phase II includes the redesign and launch of the Chamber’s and Economic Development’s websites featuring The Deep Creek Experience brand, inclusion in the 2014 Visitors Guide, inclusion in the 2014-15 Activities Guide and signage at the Visitors Center.  Phase III includes the creation and launch of the “Are We There Yet” mobile app (included in style guide) and the creation of merchandise.

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.

World Championships Tickets Now On Sale

 Tickets for Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships which will be held at Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, MD on September 18 – 21, 2014, are now on sale on www.deepcreek2014.com. Be the first to get tickets and merchandise for this exciting event.

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to 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 as well as post production airings on NBC Sports. 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.

For more information, about the Deep Creek 2014 event, please visit their website at www.deepcreek2014.com. For more information about Adventure Sports Center International, the host site of Deep Creek 2014, please visit www.adventuresportscenter.com.