11/20

Sunday Sales Referendum Results

The Garrett County Sunday sales referendum votes on Question A & Question B became official on November 14, 2014.

All voters in Garrett County voted on Question A for limited off-premise Sunday alcohol sales between the hours of 1:00 PM until 10:00 PM. A favorable vote was reported in the following distrcits and precincts. Swanton, Jennings, Accident, Sang Run, East Oakland, Finzel, Deer Park, Elbow, West Oakland and Avilton. Unfavorable results were reported in Friendsville, Grantsville, Bloomington, Gorman, Pleasant Valley, Bittinger, Kitzmiller, Crellin and Mt. Lake Park.

Question B which would allow for on-premise Sunday sales of an alcoholice beverage with a meal between the hours of 1:00 PM until 10:00 PM was voted in those election districts and precincts who currently are not authorized for Sunday sales with a meal. Favorable votes were reported in Friendsville, Grantsville, Jennings, Accident, Deer Park, Bittinger and Mt. Lake Park. Unfavorable votes were reported in Bloomington, Gorman, Pleasant Valley, Kitzmiller and Crellin.

The change in law will go into effect on December 15, 2014.

The Board of License Commissioners office can be reached at 301-334-1925.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Wins at 34th Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Visionary Impact Award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition at the 34th Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland last week. Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, Garrett County collected the Tourism Industry award for their Deep Creek Experience brand.

“The Chamber is honored to accept this award, on behalf of our partners, Garrett County Economic Development, and the other members of our Advisory Committee,  recognizing the Deep Creek Experience brand,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “It is particularly gratifying to be honored by our tourism industry peers at the Maryland Tourism Coalition.”

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Garrett County Office of Economic Development, conducted an 18-month study and launched the county-wide Deep Creek Experience brand for Garrett County, Maryland in January 2014. The brand was created by Garrett-County based design firm, Eloqui, and is 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.

The Visionary Impact Award is given to an individual, business, organization, group or coalition that is a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition and has made a major impact with an important industry project or product that leads a new initiative that works to accomplish a shared goal.   

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 www.visitdeepcreek.com.

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION LEADS CHARGE FOR FLU VACCINATIONS

The Board of Governors and the Administration at Garrett County Memorial Hospital were the first in line for this year’s flu vaccinations among the Hospital staff. Hospital leadership threw out a challenge asking all employees to get their flu shot and for Garrett County Memorial to be the only hospital in the State of Maryland that could achieve above 90% compliance without it being mandatory. The Hospital has achieved and exceeded that goal with a 94%.

“I was pleased to share that GCMH is currently at 94% of staff getting the flu shot; and as a team, we did this without making it mandatory.  We are the only hospital in the state that doesn’t fire staff for not getting it, with exceptions for religious and medical exemptions.  This is a great demonstration of our staff being patient centered,” explained Mark Boucot, GCMH President and CEO.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stress that the flu is a highly contagious disease,” explained Linda Danjou, RN, MPH, CIC, COHN-S, the Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse at GCMH. “The flu is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs that affect 5% to 20% of Americans each year.  In the United States 36,000 people die from flu complications annually. There are over 200,000 hospitalizations of which, 20,000 are children under the age of 5.  More than 90% of flu related deaths occur in those people over 65 years of age.”

Danjou went on to say that the flu shot helps your body develop antibodies that help protect you against getting sick. The seasonal flu changes from year to year so the vaccine must change as well. This is why a flu shot is needed every year to be protected from the flu virus. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Individuals may contact the healthcare provider of their choice or the Health Department to obtain a flu shot.

Door to HealthCare Western Maryland Begins Enrolling Residents in New Maryland Health Connection

The Door to HealthCare, a program of Healthy Howard, Inc., has begun to help Western Marylanders enroll in health plans through the new and improved Maryland Health Connection, the state's health insurance marketplace. The Door to HealthCare is Maryland Health Connection's official consumer assistance organization in six Maryland counties - Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington.

"After helping to enroll 43,199 residents of Western Maryland in to new health coverage through Maryland Health Connection during the first Open Enrollment period, our staff, partners and stakeholders have been working since April to prepare for this Open Enrollment period," said Christine Hall, Executive Director of Healthy Howard.

The Door to HealthCare has more than 60 trained and certified staff throughout the six counties who will help Marylanders sign up for health coverage through February 15, 2015, the end of this enrollment period. Navigators and Assisters are authorized to enroll Marylanders in the increased number of private qualified health plans as well as in to Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid).

"We have been working to connect with populations that we may not have reached before, and to ensure that everyone who wants our free help finding health coverage through Maryland Health Connection can sign up for a plan that meets their needs," said Brian Mattingly, Director of the Door to HealthCare Western Maryland. "Our staff have received extensive training on the new MarylandHealthConnection.gov, and are ready to help Western Maryland get covered."

Door to HealthCare staff are located throughout the region at 24 locations to help residents seeking to enroll, as well as those who need to re-enroll in order to continue receiving financial assistance. These locations include the offices of the Door's 12 funded partners throughout the region, as well as other community locations such as community centers and libraries. Additionally, the Door and its partners will hold four HealthConnectNow! enrollment fairs with Maryland Health Connection, as well as other local enrollment fairs throughout the region before the end of open enrollment on February 15, 2015.

Visit www.doortohealthcare.org for a list of walk-in locations in each county, information on scheduling an appointment for in-person assistance, and dates and locations for enrollment fairs.

Beginning Wednesday, individuals can visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov or call Maryland Health Connection's Consumer Support Center at 855-642-8572 to enroll in health coverage. Residents seeking free in-person assistance from authorized insurance brokers or navigators and assisters can contact the Door to HealthCare either online at www.doortohealthcare.org or toll free at 855-288-DOOR (855-288-3667).

11/19

Deep Creek 2014 Releases Early Summary

Deep Creek 2014 has released an early summary from the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Championships held September 17-21 at Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in McHenry, Maryland, part of the Deep Creek Lake region of Garret County, Maryland. According to Deep Creek 2014, which organized the event, the competition marked the 25th anniversary of the 1989 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships that were held on the Savage River in Garrett County.

Teams from 42 countries and 393 athletes participated in the competition. The USA Canoe/Kayak team’s Fabien Lefevre captured the gold medal in the men’s C1 (single canoe) competition—the team’s first gold in 12 years—paralleling U.S. athlete Jon Lugbill’s 1989 C1 gold medal. Australia’s Jessica Fox won gold medals in both the women’s C1 and K1 (single kayak) events, a feat never before accomplished. Fox’s parents, Richard Fox and Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, both gold medalists in 1989, were on hand to watch, along with a multitude of organizers and other athletes from the 1989 championships.

Deep Creek 2014 is in the beginning phases of compiling reports for the event. Daily attendance (including opening ceremonies) was tabulated by Garrett County Emergency Management as follows:

Opening Ceremonies and Wisp Kick Off: 3,450
Thursday Competition: 3,500
Friday Competition: 5,000
Saturday Competition: 6,000
Sunday Competition: 4,000
This includes athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors and spectators.

Eurosport Television in Europe aired the World Championship Semi-finals and the Finals and reported over 13 million live viewers for the episodes. This is one of the highest figures they have reported for a Canoe Slalom event.

NBC Universal and NBC Sports pegged viewership in the United States at just under 1,000,000 viewers for the broadcasts. The episodes featured numerous commercials highlighting Garrett County and tourism to the region.

Simon Toulson, Secretary General of the International Canoe Federation, reported “Deep Creek was a very successful World Championships as an event. Most ICF events are in Europe and this showcased that a well organised and exciting competition can be made outside of Europe. The volunteers and staff were amazing and well trained, nothing was too much trouble. Spectators and athletes had a great experience and the TV figures were very good. We look forward to another event in the future in Deep Creek.”

Andy Pyne, Executive Producer for the NBC Sports presentations said, “The crowds were treated to a fantastic competition held over the four days at the Adventure Sports Center International, the only mountain top whitewater course in the world. Our production revealed exhilarating stories of the athletes and the teams as they unfolded. Those challenges and triumphs were aired on NBC Universal and NBC Sports in October.”

Bill Endicott, US Canoe Slalom Team Coach 1989 (winningest coach in history) said, “I found myself saying to people it was ‘A world within a world’. Once I got to Deep Creek and especially to the venue itself, it was like being at the Olympics. It really was!”

Joe Jacobi, CEO USA Canoe/Kayak stated, “The 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Maryland captured the spirit of an incredible sport, a proud community and a proud nation wrapped together to launch a new era of international sports event hosting. These World Championships delivered to the sport stakeholders exactly what they hoped – an outstanding competitive experience, American vision, innovation and hospitality and an appetite for international events in the United States. As lifetime paddler and Marylander, I could not have been more proud of the effort it took to stage these World Championships and the opportunities created going forward.”

“Both September and even more surprisingly, October were record September/October revenue months at Wisp Resort. The 2014 World’s was a major factor and the Adventure Race in early October likewise had the same effect. We are more than pleased with the outcome of both events.” Jerry Geisler, General Manager, Wisp Resort.

"The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships - Deep Creek 2014 - will be a long lasting legacy event for Maryland Sports as we thrive to continue our efforts to grow the sports market and enhance our platforms in driving more Olympic based and international sporting events to the state and the region. This event provided us an opportunity to establish ourselves as a defined leader domestically for securing and hosting high profile international sporting events." stated Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, Executive Director, Maryland Sports - The Sports Commission for the state of Maryland.

Bob Sweeney, DC 2024 the Olympic Bid Organization, had this to say, “Now that the dust has settled on the World Championships I wanted to tell you what a remarkable few days you organized in Deep Creek 2014 for the state of Maryland. I think you hit a homerun by all accounts.”

Deep Creek 2014 plans to release the full executive summary of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships by mid-January. The Garrett County Office of Economic Development also is compiling a full economic-impact analysis of the event as a part of its annual report. Nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, Garrett County features high elevations and even higher opportunities for tourism and reinventing rural life through its abundance of resources and natural beauty and its blending of modern conveniences with country living. Visit www.reinventingrural.com  to learn more.
Visit www.deepcreek2014.com  to learn more about Deep Creek 2014.

11/11

Remembrance Day Roll Call to be Held at GC

A 21-gun salute will once again be part of the closing ceremonies for the Garrett College National Remembrance Day Roll honoring the men and women who have given their lives in military service. The event will be held on November 11 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

At Garrett College plans are being finalized for the fifth annual Remembrance Day Roll Call honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of American service men and women to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium on the McHenry campus.

Coordinator for this commemorative event is Kathy Fauber, Garrett College Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Counselor. “Members of our Garrett College Student Veterans Organization have chosen to read the names of our fallen from World War II. These will include service men and women from the state of Maryland. This is a national event and we will be reading names along with other colleges and universities across the nation,” she said.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. as volunteers step to the podium to begin reading names of the fallen. At 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time all colleges involved in the National Remembrance Day Roll Call will participate in a nationwide simultaneous “minute of silence”. At Garrett College this will be followed by Cecil Glotfelty playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes. Final ceremonies will be at 4:30 p.m. with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps by the Honor Guard of VFW Post 10077.

Anyone interested in reading names in the roll call is asked to contact Fauber at 301-387-3057 or by email at
kathy.fauber@garrettcollege.edu

David Huber to speak at GC Adventure Sports Colloquium

David Huber, Director of Operations for the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center as part of the Wild West Virginia Outdoor Adventures at Timberline Resort, will present ‘How to Transition from a Great Educational Program to a Career in Outdoor Adventure’ on Tuesday, November 11 in Room 224 in the Continuing Education building at Garrett College. The colloquium is a part of a class in the Adventure Sports program, and the public is welcome to attend beginning at 7 p.m.

Huber will explain how to successfully make the transition from education to a productive career in outdoor adventure. He will discuss how one can set themselves apart when searching and preparing for job interviews and the importance of being versatile, once individuals have landed the job. Networking opportunities within the industry will also be a topic of discussion along with the opportunities and possibilities of transitioning to management.

“Having been involved in both guiding and now the management side of outdoor activities, I really want to focus on how students can make a successful transition from their educational background to a career in outdoor adventure,” says Huber. Although we get the opportunity to work in some amazing environments, there are some key fundamentals that cannot be overlooked as individuals look to attain the job of his or her dreams.”

Huber began his career in outdoor adventure as a guide at Tinnerman Canoe Base in Ontario. After he become Camp Director, he moved into construction trades for seven years before returning to an outdoor adventure career at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. From an initial guide position, he went on to manage the Outdoor Adventure Programs, Ski and Snowboard School and eventually Director of Ski Operations. During that time, he also spent a year on the Olympic peninsula as General Manager of Lake Quinault Lodge, and four years as Director of Operations at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Currently Huber is the Director of Operations for Wild West Virginia Outdoor Adventures that operates Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center and Timberzips located at Timberline Resort.

For more information contact 301-387-3330 or www.adventuresportsi.org

10/31

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Announces FY2015 Mini-Grant Awards

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2015 Mini-grants awarded through the Heritage Area.  Ten thousand dollars was awarded to local organizations, government agencies and/or municipalities to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan.  These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness.  Projects should seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Recipients must match the grant dollar for dollar and complete the projects by June 30, 2015.

FY2015 Mini-Grant Awards:

Historic Downtown Oakland Walking Guide $1,860.00 awarded to the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to reprint 10,000 of the walking guide brochures. 

ICF Worlds Historic Whitewater Recreation Signage–$325.00 awarded to the Garrett County Office of Economic Development to post signage at ASCI featuring historic photographs and information from the 1989 and 2014 World Championships.

B&O Museum Historic Figures Exhibit $300.00 awarded to Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to purchase mannequins for the exhibit.

Feasibility Study on former Oakland AME Church$2,000.00 awarded to the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to assess structure, movability and feasibility for making the Church a historic site.

B&O Museum Boxcar Improvements $2,000.00 awarded to the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to pay for preparation of the restoration of the Boxcar.

250th Anniversary Celebration Print Materials – $1,515.00 awarded to the Town of Friendsville to develop and print materials for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the Town.

250th Anniversary Celebration Supplies and Materials Package – $2,000.00 awarded to the Town of Friendsville to purchase supplies and materials needed for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the Town. 

“We are very pleased to support local development in our community by leveraging the heritage area grant funds we receive through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “Some of these local projects would not be possible without these mini-grants and all of these projects help attract visitors to Garrett County.”

About The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 12 certified Heritage Areas by the state of Maryland.  Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  The Mini-Grant Program is made possible through a Management Grant that the Chamber receives from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization and program of the Maryland Historical Trust.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area 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.

For more information on the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, please visit www.garrettheritage.com.

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Business Before Hours – Tourism Update on November 18

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the next Business Before Hours will feature Margot Amelia, Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Tourism, presenting the state’s strategies for promoting tourism on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Wisp Resort.  

The Maryland visitor economy continued to expand in 2012 as tourism industry sales rose 4.4% and visitor volumes rose 2.5% reaching 35.8 million. The Comptroller’s office confirmed that more than $38million in state sales tax revenue is directly attributable to tourism in FY2013. For every dollar invested in Office of Tourism advertising, Maryland realizes $160 in visitor spending, $22 in state and local taxes and $5 in state sales tax revenue. Garrett County saw a 5.3% increase in tourism-related sales tax revenues in FY2014 and a 1.4% increase in Accommodations sales over FY2013. Heads on beds numbers for the county are up 7.6% for 2014 over 2013 and the Chamber believes much of this growth can be attributed to our aggressive marketing strategies.

 “Tourism is a key industry and economic driver in Garrett County so we are very pleased to have Margot Amelia update us on the tourism marketing strategies the state employs to promote tourism,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO.

This Business Before Hours is sponsored by Somerset Trust and County United Way. Event includes 8 am networking, 8:15 am breakfast and program from 8:30 am – 9:30 am.  The cost for members is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cost for non-members is $30. Register online or by calling Carol Hauser at 301.387.6171. 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 301.387.4386 or paula@garrettchamber.com.

CARC to Host First Deep Creek Pickleball Tournament

 The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) and the Garrett County Pickleball Club will hold its first Deep Creek Pickleball Tournament on December 6 & 7, at the CARC Gymnasium.

Men’s and Women’s Doubles will take place on Saturday, with doors opening at 9 a.m. and play beginning at 10 a.m. Mixed (co-ed) play will take place on Sunday, with doors opening at 12 noon and play beginning at 1 p.m. Both days of the tournament will consist of double elimination events for all events containing at least 4 teams. Events with less than 4 teams will use a round robin format.   

Pickleball is a racquet game, played on a court similar to a tennis court but smaller in size.  It was invented in 1965 in Washington state, but has exploded in popularity over the past five years with over 2,000 known places to play in the U.S. It is appropriate for all fitness and skill levels.

Weekly play takes place at the CARC on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Daily and monthly passes are available for non-members, and CARC members play at no additional cost. Members of the Garrett County Pickleball Club are present at the CARC during these times and welcome new participants with instruction and assistance in learning the game.

Proceeds from the December tournament will benefit further Pickleball programming at the CARC. Registration is available online at WWW.GCCARC.COM or by mail (forms available online or at the CARC front desk). For additional information including fees for this tournament, persons may contact Maney Gale, Tournament Director, at 301-387-3086 or at maney.gale@garrettcollege.edu.

Maryland Driver Education to be offered at GC

 Garrett College, in collaboration with Widmyer Driving School, LLC, will be offering Maryland Driver Education, Monday through Friday, November 10 to 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in McHenry. Widmyer is licensed by the Maryland Vehicle Administration and they have driving schools throughout the state of Maryland and are now adding Garrett County to their offerings. 

The Driver Education course fulfills the requirement for all new drivers in Maryland. This class consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours behind the wheel. 

Widmeyer additionally offers a Driver Improvement course for individuals that have been referred by the MVA to attend Driver Improvement classes. This course is specifically for drivers with a suspended or revoked license, drivers who have had a moving violation while on a provisional license, drivers referred by the court, or drivers who want to voluntarily take it before a traffic court date. This course can be taken online or at Garrett College (drivers younger than 18 must take this course at Garrett College). 

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator, by calling 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division at 301-387-3069.

GC to hold Baseball Clinic on Election Day

 Garrett College will be holding Baseball Clinic on Tuesday, November 4 from 9am to 3pm in the gymnasium at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC). The clinic is being directed by Eric Hallenbeck, Head Baseball Coach at Garrett College. Current players and former coaches will be conducting the clinic.

The clinic is open to ages 7-17 and will focus on video hitting analysis for players 11 years of age and older. Base running, including leads and stealing bases, will also be discussed along with pitching mechanics, grips and pitches and bunting. Players will also learn position specific drills.

“The purpose of the clinic is to help continue the rick tradition of baseball players in Garrett County and the surrounding areas. We want the kids to have fun and at the same time, learn the fundamentals of the game,” says Coach Hallenbeck.

For more information on the clinic or to register, contact Coach Hallenbeck at 301-387-3331 or eric.hallenbeck@garrettcollege.edu.

Books Over Brunch Event Slated

The Garrett College Foundation will be hosting a unique fundraiser on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Pine Lodge Steakhouse. Billed as Books Over Brunch, the event, which will begin at 11a.m., will feature a live auction of a variety of books, including the autographed works of several local authors. Other tomes include gift-quality books provided by the event’s partner, The Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to assist Garrett College students with the purchase of textbooks.

For more information or to purchase tickets, interested parties may visit www.garrettcollegefoundation.org/events or call Kearstin Hinebaugh at 301-387-3131.

Steve Storck to speak at GC Adventure Sports Colloquium

Steve Storck, Executive Director for Garrett Trails, will present ‘Trails and Trail Advocacy in Garrett and Beyond’ on Tuesday, November 4 in Room 224 in the Continuing Education building at Garrett College. The colloquium is a part of a class in the Adventure Sports program, and the public is welcome to attend beginning at 7 p.m. Learn about Garrett Trails work bringing sustainable, multi-use trails to Garrett County. Gain insights into the role of advocacy for recreation in natural resource management and particularly trail development as a key element of a career in adventure sports. Storck will also discuss upcoming volunteer and work opportunities with trails and career options in outdoor recreation planning and management.

Storck joined Garrett Trails as Executive Director in May 2014. A recent PhD graduate from West Virginia University's Recreation, Parks and Tourism department, he brings a diverse background in trails mapping, management systems, and participatory planning. His trail work has included research on trail erosion factors in the Monongahela National Forest, GIS trail inventories for the Mid-Atlantic, and producing the first map of the Great Eastern Trail. A resident of Garrett County, he also worked in the Garrett College Adventure Sports program as an Associate Professor teaching hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and recreation program management.

For more information contact 301-387-3330 or www.adventuresportsi.org.

Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month at Casselman River Bridge

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, Casselman River Bridge State Park will be featuring "The Story of Nemacolin" - a presentation highlighting the Delaware Indian who helped pave the way for The National Road.  This free program will take place at the Gazebo at Casselman River Bridge State Park in Grantsville, MD on November 1, 8, 15, and 29 at 1:00 pm.  The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes.  Contact New Germany State Park at 301-895-5453 for more information.

GILL Members Select Fall Classes for November

 The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released their fall class schedule for November. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic identified.

In the technology category for November sessions, GILL members selected ‘Technology Basics’, a series of sessions instructed by Lisa Davis. An email session will be held on Monday, November 3 and will discuss setting up an e-mail and using e-mail effectively. A social media session is scheduled for Monday, November 10. The class will discuss the types of social media, what is popular and setting up and using Facebook. The final technology session will be held on Tuesday, November 11 and will be an open computer lab. Participants are encouraged to bring their own computing devices and questions for specific help.

‘Life In and On the Chesapeake Bay’ is a continued series from October and will be presented by Doug Woodburn. Using video and personal photos, the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to the shoals and southern bay islands will be discussed. A session on crabs and crabbing will be held on Wednesday, November 5, followed by the final session on Wednesday, November 12. The final session will discuss catching soft shell crabs, types of boats ‘native’ to the Chesapeake, the island communities of Smith and Tangier Islands, and commercial fishing techniques.

An astronomy session will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at the Hickory Environmental Center. Participants will learn about the moon, past explorers, future plans for exploration of the moon and Lunar X under Garrett County’s planetarium dome. Jason Shank, Director of the Planetarium, will present the course.

Members also selected Harpers Ferry and ‘John Brown’s Holy War’ as part of a two day session. On November 6, participants will attend a two hour presentation at the McHenry campus that will discuss the journey that led John Brown to attack the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. The next day, there will be a field trip to Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., which will include time to explore the town, have lunch, and a guided tour of the historic site, led by a local expert. Dick Carroll will present both sessions.

More information on Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL. To register for fall courses, persons may contact Continuing Education Workforce and Development at 301-387-3069.

MD Firearms Wear and Carry Trainings Slated at Garrett College

 Handgun Certification classes are being offered through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College. Renewal applicants for a Maryland Wear and Carry permit can attend training on Friday Nov.7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Applicants for the initial MD Wear and Carry training must attend the Friday session and Saturday, Nov.8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to complete training.  The classroom portion of the course is being held at the McHenry campus of Garrett College in the Continuing Education building and the operation and handling demonstration will occur at a secure firing range.

Regulations effective Oct. 1, 2013, state that renewal applicants for MD Wear and Carry, must complete a minimum of 8 hours of instruction, while the new applicant is required to receive 16 hours of instruction. Completion of this class DOES NOT GUARANTEE that a permit will be issued.  

Wear and Carry Permits may be issued to any adult (18 years of age or over) who meets the following criteria:

1. Has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year has been imposed;

2. Has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance;

3. Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless under legitimate medical direction;

4. Based on an investigation has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person’s possession of a handgun a danger to the person or others;

5. Has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against danger.

6. As of October 1, 2013, has successfully completed prior to application and each renewal, a firearms training course approved by the Maryland State Police.

These classes are being taught through Boston Hill Training by Rick Sivic who is an NRA and Maryland State Police HQL Certified Instructor.

For more information or to register for the seminar please contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301 387-3064.

 

Refuse To Be A Victim® NRA Crime Prevention Seminar to be Held at Garrett College

 The award-winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar, Refuse To Be A Victim®, will be conducted on Monday, November 10 in the Continuing Education building at the Garrett College McHenry campus. The seminar will run from 6 to 9 pm.

Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars teach methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. Experts agree the most important factor in surviving a criminal attack is to have an overall safety strategy before you need it. Seminar topics address personal safety issues as well as home, automobile, telephone, technological, and travel security.

Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common-sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives. Refuse To Be A Victim® was developed by the National Rifle Association in 1993 in response to nationwide requests for crime prevention seminars. Members of the law enforcement community across the country have endorsed the program.

The program is appropriate for teenagers and up.   With more than two thousand instructors, seminars have been held in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Tens of thousands of men and women have benefited from the program and its life saving message.This class is being taught through Boston Hill Training by Rick Sivic who is an NRA and Maryland State Police HQL Certified Instructor.

For more information or to register for the seminar please contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301 387-3064.

10/27

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Receives ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was honored by the announcement that they have received a Readers’ Choice award from the publication and editors of ConventionSouth Magazine out of Gulf Shores, Alabama. ConventionSouth is a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of 800 nominees and one of the only 175 winners in the South.

“Over the past two years, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland,” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “This award is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our area members that have provided outstanding meeting and convention services in our region. We only hope to continue to grow and thrive in this market.”

Those interested in planning a meeting, conference or corporate retreat to Garrett County can find information online at www.deepcreekgroups.com or contact Jen Durben directly at 301.387.5238, jen@garrettchamber.com.

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.

 

10/21

GCMH PREPARES FOR EBOLA

 

In the wake of national attention related to a potential Ebola outbreak, Garrett County Memorial Hospital is taking action to prepare in the event that a potential case should present to the organization. 

1.   Representatives from GCMH are attending daily conference calls with members of the CDC and MHA to review protocols and recommendations.

2.   In preparation to protect staff that may potentially treat symptomatic patients, the organization has a supply of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hoods that are available for use. Furthermore, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available which includes, Tyvek chemical resistant suits, fully contained body suits, decontamination equipment, N95 and surgical shields in the storeroom.  There is also, a cadre of hazardous protective equipment in an accessible storage location available to the staff.

Finally, the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Dale Hair, is leading the organization to develop a response team that will be prepared to step in to isolate and treat patients in the Emergency Department for a protracted period of time until suspected cases may be confirmed or ruled out.

3.   Last week, the Environmental Services staff was Department of Transportation (DOT) certified for the handling of Ebola waste.

4.   The IT Department has implemented an Ebola screening module in the Emergency Department triage process.  All patients that present to the Emergency Department or to the hospital for any type of testing are screened related to recent travel and potential symptoms.

5.   The Administrative Team has implemented an Administrative Call Schedule for the next several weeks to have an Administrator available to answer questions, support staff or potentially make arrangements with tertiary medical centers nearby or contact the CDC, etc.  

According to Mark Boucot, President and CEO, the Administrative Team is taking this very seriously and is implementing sensible precautions that will escalate and deescalate depending on the severity of future events. 

 

10/14

Wisp Resort Announces the Inception of Benefit Day
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival named inaugural recipient of the 2014 Wisp Benefit Day

 Wisp Resort announces the inception of Benefit Day, an annual philanthropic event to benefit a non-profit organization each year within the Garrett County community.  The 2014 Benefit Day is slated for the day before the official opening day of the 2014.2015 Winter Season. The date is weather dependent but is anticipated to be the first or second Friday in December.  All proceeds from Benefit Day ticket sales will go to the named benefactor.  Tickets are $20 per person for adults and children 6 and older or 38” tall and include all-mountain lift ticket access for skiing and snowboarding, unlimited snow tubing and a mountain coaster ride.  Tickets will be sold on-site at Wisp Resort, online at wispresort.com and through participating partners.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival has been named the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Wisp Benefit Day.  “Wisp Resort has been collaborating with GLAF for many years in their efforts to bring arts and entertainment to Garrett County.  One of Wisp’s goals is to help foster continued high quality musical and cultural events and GLAF is a great resource. We are pleased to use our first Benefits Day as a major GLAF fundraiser,” stated Jerry Geisler, Wisp Resort’s General Manager.  Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic activities in Garrett County.  Mary Callis, Executive Director of GLAF commented “The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is proud to partner with Wisp Resort to showcase the beauty of Garrett County along with the enchantment of high quality performing arts.”

Entertainment throughout the day will feature members of the brass section of The Maryland Symphony and a winter scene painting party with Wisp’s artist in residence, Rebecca McClive. “GLAF appreciates Wisp Resort’s dedication to preserving the quality of life in Garrett County through the arts,” Ms. Callis added.

Wisp Resort is a four season mountain resort by the shores of Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.  Wisp offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, golf, lift-served mountain biking and a variety of other mountain recreation activities.  The ski resort has 14 lifts and 34 trails on 172 acres, more than 90% of which is lit for night skiing.  Wisp has a state of the art snowmaking system which is generally acknowledged as the most advanced in North America capable of covering virtually all trails with as much as a foot of snow in 24 hours under ideal snowmaking conditions. www.wispresort.com

GCMH develops Women’s Center for Early Cancer Detection

Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett County Memorial Hospital, has announced that the GCMH and Oakland MRI Center have teamed up to enhance the Women’s Center at Oakland MRI.  Effective October 1, 2014, patients that need diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds to confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis will be able to schedule both of those exams at the Oakland MRI Center.  “It used to be that mammograms were offered here at Oakland MRI and ultrasounds were scheduled separately through the hospital.  Patients can now know immediately without a long torturous waiting process between those two exams to find out what is going on,” stated Stanley Lambert, MD.”  Creating access to early detection exams is important as evidenced by the fact that the county has a mortality rate for breast and colorectal cancer that is 25% higher than the rest of the nation.  The death rate for prostate cancer is also 15% higher than the rest of the nation. 

These types of Cancer are much more manageable for the patient when detected early.  With respect to colon cancer, the importance of early detection can’t be understated.  According to Steve Bayuk, DO, “Colonoscopy is shown to be a safe and effective way of early detection and preventing colon cancer from occurring.  I personally provide this procedure because my father had a colonoscopy at age 50 and he had cancerous polyp removed and never needed a subsequent surgery.  To this day is cancer free.”

Furthermore, the leadership team has formally begun a feasibility study for adding a cancer care center for the community and surrounding counties. The need for a Cancer Care Center is already evident to the people in the county afflicted with this disease.  The need for cancer care treatment is also underscored in the data provided in the community health needs assessment that was conducted by the Garrett County Department of Health.    

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Garrett County, as well as being the second leading cause of death in the United States and Maryland according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Vital Statistics. “Specialty medical services, such as cancer care, are practically nonexistent in this rural region,” explained Boucot. “Traveling to the nearest Cancer Care Center is not always possible for our elderly, disabled and under-employed residents. Therefore, residents can go without access to treatment entirely, which is a terrible social injustice.”

The hospital is now in the middle of a strategic planning process that will take GCMH into a growth mode over the next three to five years.  As the Board of Governors, the Medical Staff and hospital leadership all plan for the future of GCMH, the need for a Cancer Care and Infusion Center remains constant.  “I can’t imagine how hard it is for families that are stricken with this terrible disease that currently have to travel over an hour to the nearest center” states Marjorie Fridkin, Garrett County Memorial Hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer.  “The idea is to develop services that would provide as much of the treatment protocols as possible for patients here in the community versus traveling an hour away.”  The development of a Cancer Care and Infusion Center in Garrett County would mean that patients could receive chemotherapy treatments here at GCMH.

“While the short-term objective is to provide Cancer Care and Infusion Services to this rural population, the overall goals would be much larger. GCMH believes that providing these services will decrease the overall mortality rate of patients diagnosed with cancer in all of Garrett County,” explained Boucot.  Rodney Glotfelty from the Garrett County Health Department had this to say: “The fact is that people have to travel long distances and we would hope that bringing this care close to home would minimize the barriers that Garrett County residents now face when getting cancer treatments.  I applaud the hospitals efforts to try and make this a reality.”

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop to be offered at Northern Outreach Center

Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division has scheduled a course entitled, Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The training will be held Mondays, November 3 to 24, from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m.

If you are brand new to Adobe Photoshop, this course will get you up to speed and if you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for a while this will be a nice refresher. Students will navigate through the Adobe environment and identify the components and tools. You will explore various methods for selecting image areas, and learn how to modify, manipulate, and transform selections to create stunning effects. You will discover how to work with text, layers, and layer effects; and how to adjust, retouch, and resize images.  

The course is being taught by Jennifer Wampler, a graduate of Frostburg State University who obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Education, and has lived in Florence, Italy where she attended the Accademia Italiana and earned a Certificate of Completion for their Intensive Fashion Design Course.  After returning, she worked as a Graphic Designer in Washington, DC for several years. Wampler has been teaching art for the past 8 years for the Garrett County School System, Garrett College and some short workshops for Ruth Enlow Libraries.

For additional information contact, Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for these courses, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Safeguarding Your Business Seminar November 5, 2014

The “Safeguarding Your Business” seminar presented by The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2014. 

Daniel Porter of The Rodeheaver Group will present this seminar to help business owners protect their assets through internal controls and more.  Don’t let your company be the victim of employee fraud or embezzlement.  “Safeguarding Your Business” is sponsored by Grant’s Mercantile in Grantsville, MD.

The rescheduled seminar will be held, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation formerly known as the GiEC.  A continental breakfast will be provided.  The cost to attend is $20 in advance for members, $25 at the door for members, and $30 for non-members.  Register online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Carol Hauser at 301-387-6171.

The Chamber of Commerce was formed to organize, support and represent Garrett County's business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County's hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing.  The mission of the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) is to support the economic growth of Garrett County by creating an environment for facilitating the successful development of technology businesses.

For more information about the Educational Programs please contact Paula Thomas, Membership Development Manager by email, paula@garrettchamber.com.

Natural Art Photography Featured in New Garrett Arts Display

 Bob Carney’s photography will be showcased in the next Backroom Gallery exhibit of the Garrett County Arts Council.  Titled, Ski Slopes to Sea Shores, the display features photographs that bring together Carney’s two loves -- the mountains and the sea. 

 Carney is a local photographer. His nature photos are what is called SOOC (straight out of the camera), in other words what you see is what you get. “I do use some post-processing software“he explains, “but I try very hard to make the photos as natural as possible.”  “Sunrises, sunsets, and water are my weaknesses, especially the ocean,” says Carney.

 Bob also takes pictures of youth sporting events and area high school teams as a staff photographer for The Republican newspaper, but nature is his true inspiration and he likes the idea of keeping it simple. 

 The artist will be present at a reception in his honor on Friday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend, talk with the artist and enjoy some light refreshments.  The event will take place at The Gallery Shop, 206 E. Alder Street, downtown Oakland.  The Ski Slopes to Sea Shores exhibit will be on display from October 6 thru mid-November. For more information, contact Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.


2015 Residential Refuse Permits

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces that the 2015 Residential Refuse Permits will be on sale beginning October 1st 2014. The 2015 permits will be valid immediately and will expire at the end of 2015.

Purchasing on-line is the fastest way to renew and there is no additional charge for using your credit card on-line. A permit purchased on line goes in the mail to you the next business day. To order your permits after October 1st go on-line at www.garrettcounty.org under the Solid Waste and Recycling tab.
Residents can purchase their 2015 permit by mail or in person at the Landfill on Oakland Sang Run Road or the Garrett County tax office. The current fee is $50.00 and payment at either location can be made using cash, check, or money order.

Applications are not mailed out but are available at all collection sites, on-line, the Grantsville Library, the Garrett County tax office, and the Landfill office. Purchasing early will help customers avoid lines and delays at the end of the year. If you need more information or have questions contact the Solid Waste & Recycling office at: 301-387-0322

GCMH Ranked Number One by Patients

Garrett County Memorial Hospital has now moved into the top ranking in the state of Maryland Hospital for Doctor Communication, Responsiveness of Hospital Staff, and Cleanliness as ranked by patients in the most recent release of HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores. Additionally, Garrett Memorial’s scores far exceed the national average in the three categories listed.

The intent of HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is to provide a standardized survey and a method for collecting data that measures hospital care from the patient perspective. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) now requires every adult care hospital in the U.S. to participate in HCAHPS. Complete results are available on the CMS website.

Hospital President/CEO Mark Boucot has advanced a culture of patient safety and service excellence with attention to the overall patient experience. “We believe in providing the highest quality in-patient care and a positive hospital experience,” said Boucot. “We treat everyone as though they are a member of our own family.”

“The nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are empowered with a wider range of healthcare responsibilities. Caring for the sick has become more complicated. At Garrett, we think it is important to keep the nurses at the bedside, providing direct patient care. Our philosophy is to put the patient’s needs above all else and minimize any distractions from that process,” explained Kendra Thayer, Chief Nursing Officer at Garrett County Memorial Hospital. Thayer also noted the importance of teamwork in patient satisfaction scores.

“Garrett County Memorial Hospital has a proud history of positive patient satisfaction scores, even prior to development of the HCAHPS initiative,” concluded Thayer

Joan Crawford Lecture Series Offered at GC

Garrett College has announced the Fall 2014 schedule for the Joan Crawford Lecture Series which will be held on the McHenry campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17. Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, this sequence of presentations is offered free of charge each year and is open to the public.

Coordinated by Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities at Garrett College, the lectures are scheduled are scheduled at 12 noon or at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. “We have an interesting mix of presentations lined up for the fall ranging from scientific experiments conducted in the Antarctic, hospitals during the civil war, presidential campaign memorabilia, the constitution, and we will also hear from voices from the Holocaust to the clear voice of Halina Silber who was #16 on Schindler’s List. I hope both students and the community will join us,” Luers said.

The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Wednesday, November 12, “Voices from the Holocaust” presented by 20th Century World History Class from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Thursday, November 20, “The Development of the Hospital System During the Civil War” presented by Dr. John Rathgeb from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Wednesday, December 10, “Expedition Antarctica” presented by Laura K.O. Smith from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 511

For more information on the Joan Crawford Lecture Series persons may contact Beth Luers at 301-387-3020.

9/1

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY AT GCMH

            The construction for the new wing at Garrett County Memorial Hospital is well underway.  The $22 million dollar project, which broke ground on June 2, 2014 will have a great impact on the community, bringing new services and new jobs into the community.  Massaro Construction is the firm hired to complete the project and is committed to using as many local sub-contractors as possible to contribute economic growth to the community. This week, Massaro presented costs to hospital administration that will bring the project in over a half million dollars under budget. Earlier this week, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Resolution allowing the County to borrow funds for the benefit of Garrett County Memorial Hospital.  While half of the project will be funded by hospital reserves and community donations, the other half will be borrowed through the county via low interest bonds.  “The support from the County Commissioners and the community donations is really amazing,“ stated Mark Boucot, President and CEO.  Mark went on to say, “Through the efforts of the hospital foundation and Steve Bortz leading the philanthropy efforts of the hospital, we’ve raised nearly $800,000 through contributions and pledges.”

The construction and renovation project will impact traffic patterns on the Hospital campus and inside the facility.  Patients, visitors and vendors are encouraged to watch for directional signage or ask staff for assistance.  Specific changes to date include the access road behind the Hospital is now blocked off to any thru traffic. All deliveries must enter off the Memorial Drive, rear entrance.  The first floor exit door at the north side of the Hospital leading to the Community Services Building and the basement exit door outside the cafeteria are now sealed off.  Signage will be posted at the entrances, lobbies, and other points of access to the Hospital.

“We have always gone above and beyond for our patients and this will be no exception. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes. There will also be a large amount of noise created during the construction, however, we will make our patients and visitors feel as comfortable as possible,” explained Steve Peterson, Vice President of Operations. “While, it’s inconvenient now, in the long run the hospital will be poised to serve the community with more services for many years to come,” stated Mark Boucot, CEO.  Anyone with concerns about the project should call the Plant Operations Department at 301-533-4030.

“RACE TO THE FINISH” KICKS OFF AT HART

This month, HART for Animals is kicking off “Race to the Finish”, a five-month fundraising campaign with the goal of finishing the HART Animal Center’s Adoption Wing this year. In addition to the recent Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant and the matching funding, HART is still in need of $300,000 to complete the foundation and the interior of building and purchase the equipment and supplies necessary for the care and feeding of over 100 homeless animals. The additional funds are being raised through private donations, fundraising events such as the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, and private grants.

The ARC grant is part of Garrett County’s Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Training Program and will support 10 new full-time jobs and provide clinical training to Garrett College students enrolled in the veterinary assistant program, which recently debuted at the college. HART was awarded the ARC grant of $250,000, after matching the grant with $250,000 in additional funding. “This funding fills two critical community needs,” said Michael Koch, Garrett County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.  “It provides skills training in a growing field, and delivers essential services to animals living in or visiting our region.”

“This grant will help us towards our mission: a complete facility dedicated to the protection of animals in our region. Our mission is all about saving the lives of our homeless and neglected animals, something we know our entire community embraces and supports,” says Michael Pellet, President of HART. “Through our combined efforts, and continued contributions from our community, we will permanently change the outcome for animals in Garrett County and our region.”

As a community partner, HART makes referrals to area veterinary organizations and supports the efforts of the Garrett County Animal Shelter.  Anchored by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private donors, the organization recently opened Phase I of its HART Animal Center.  The 8,000-square-foot space features a full-service veterinary clinic, a pet hotel, grooming services, and retail.  Phase II (4,000 sq. ft.) will incorporate the workforce training project and an adoption wing, courtesy of funding from private donors, ARC, USDA, Garrett County, and the State of Maryland.

The revenue generated from all services supports HART’s operating costs and all its charity programs to achieve its mission of improving the condition of animals in Western Maryland. The organization continues to provide low-cost spay/neuters to those who qualify, as well as transport animals from the Garrett County Shelter to larger adoption organizations and shelters in Maryland and Virginia. Since it was founded in 2003, HART, working closely with the county shelter staff, has rescued and transported over 6,210 animals.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART or any of its programs, or to donate to the capital fund campaign for the HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Rd., visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org.