World Championships Tickets Go On Sale Midnight March 1
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, go on sale Midnight, March 1 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.
US Team Takes Gold at Oceania Championships
The USA Canoe/Kayak Team competed in the Oceania Championship held in Penrith, Australia, the first international event of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom 2014 season. The men’s C-2 Gold was captured by the US team, comprised of Casey Eichfeld and Devin McEwan. Both Eichfeld and McEwan will compete for a spot on the 2014 USA Canoe/Kayak Team March 29-31 in Charlotte, NC. The ICF Canoe Slalom season, which concludes with the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships which will be held at Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, MD on September 17 – 21, 2014.
Both Eichfeld and McEwan agreed that, “There is extra excitement among the American team this season. We have not hosted a World Championship in the United States in 25 years so we are thrilled to have won the gold at this kick-off event and hopefully, we can keep that momentum going into the World Championships in Maryland in September.“
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.
As they host the Deep Creek 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships, Garrett County will showcase the area’s generosity through a campaign called Garrett County Gives, an umbrella charity created by Brenda Brosnihan of Garrett County business, Brenda’s Body Shop. Charities included under the Garrett County Gives umbrella are House of Hope, Cindy’s Fund, Garrett Mentors, Landon’s Library, GC Humane Society, Garrett Trails, I Can Swim!, and Broken Roads Associates. Each charity is paired with a US Canoe/Kayak Team athlete who signed a bandana representing the charity. Casey Eichfeld’s signature is on the House of Hope bandana; and Devin McEwan’s signature is on The Garrett County Humane Society bandana. The bandanas are being sold to raise money for each charity represented. All proceeds from sales go directly to each charity.
Garrett County Attends Appalachian Gateway Communities
A team from Garrett County participated in a three-day workshop designed especially for towns and communities bordering national or state parks, forests, and other treasured public lands. Working with national and regional experts on sustainable tourism, economic development, the arts, natural and cultural resources, transportation, and branding, the 6 person team crafted a new vision that focuses on the unique Appalachian assets that make Garrett County an appealing place to live, work and recreate.
The partnership of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Conservation Fund, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation convened the program. With partnership and relationship-building as essential elements to the Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop, each of the eight participating communities – ranging from New York to Virginia – formed a diverse team that included a public land manager, elected officials, business and tourism representatives, civic leaders, and community arts representatives.
Garrett County’s diverse team was comprised of partners from the Garrett County Arts Council; Garrett County Office of Economic Development; Garrett County Office of Planning and Land Management; Greater Oakland Business Association; Potomac-Garrett State Forest; and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Chamber of Commerce. The team worked on establishing goals and related objectives and strategies to raise awareness and link all entities, events, and assets throughout the entire county to reflect and benefit from the regional and global exposure of the Deep Creek Experience.”
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area in conjunction with Garrett County saw the worth of the team’s participation in the action planning process and looks forward to the continued partnerships established with this workshop. “Working together will increase our chances for success to strengthen our community and expand our future opportunities.” said Dawn Hein, director of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.
“The Garrett County and Potomac-Garrett State Forest partnership was an ideal candidate for the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative because of the terrific natural and cultural resources and the emphasis of the arts in its community’s plans,” said Vice President of Sustainable Programs and Director of The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network, Kris Hoellen. “It’s our goal to help communities foster valuable partnerships, reinforce development plans that balance environmental and economic goals and provide technical assistance to enable places like Garrett County to become even more vibrant and thriving communities.”
Participation in the workshop also makes the Garrett County team eligible to apply for seed grant funding from the Initiative to implement the action plan.
The Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop is part of an initiative developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2007, the Gateway Initiative has helped gateway communities across Appalachia expand tourism and other economic development opportunities through community assessments, tourism planning workshops and grants for project implementation. The Conservation Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have partnered to strengthen the leadership capacity of towns, cities and communities that neighbor publicly protected natural and recreational lands in distressed, transitional or at-risk counties.
The workshop was held at the Heartwood Center in Abingdon, Virginia. Later this winter, another Appalachian Gateway Communities workshop took place at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
NUTRITION SPECIALIST TO SPEAK AT WELLNESS CENTER
Michele Bennett MS, ATC, CPT, NASH-PRES, RT(R) will be the guest speaker at the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Wellness Education Center on March 5 at 4:30 pm. Topic of discussion will be Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins & Minerals for Balanced Health.
With over 15 years of experience as a Fitness Professional, Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Sports Medicine Athletic Training, where she is Nationally Certified ATC and licensed. Michele also attained a degree in Radiography where she is registered as a Radiographic Technician. A certified Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness and titled a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, the National Academy of Sports Medicine qualifies her for sport specific training and training of a population with diverse health and wellness needs.
As a Nutrition Specialist, Michele focuses on eating natural clean healthy foods to maximize nutrition, avoid illness and disease, and to help recover from past medical conditions. Her training extends to include certifications as a Pilates instructor, Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor, and a trainer TRX instructor. Michele works at the Cumberland YMCA as the Head Personal Trainer and Group Exercise coordinator.
The program is being offered by the GCMH Wellness Education Center free of charge. Interested individuals are encouraged to register by calling 301-533-4935.
CHANGING FACE OF HEALTHCARE TOPIC FOR GC HEALTH FAIR
The challenges and opportunities associated with the changing face of healthcare will be a topic of discussion at the Garrett County Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, April 12. The discussion will be led by Joseph DeMattos, Jr., President of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland.
“Driven by national and state policy and consumer need and demand, healthcare is changing. Going forward who delivers care, how care is integrated, and who pays for care will evolve. This presentation focuses on what consumers, advocates and providers need to know on the possible future of healthcare in Maryland, and across the nation,” explained DeMattos.
Joseph DeMattos Jr., MA, has led the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) since April of 2009. As president, he is responsible for managing and leading the volunteer provider community association, which was chartered in 1948 as the Maryland Nursing Home Association. HFAM’s members include skilled nursing and sub-acute facilities, assisted living programs, and continuing care retirement communities. HFAM members provide quality care to more than 19,000 Maryland consumers in need of long-term care and employ more than 22,000 people.
This year’s Health Fair will be held at the CARC (Community Aquatic & Recreational Center) in McHenry with doors opening at 8:30 am. In addition to the speaking presentations at the Garrett County Health Fair, there will be free preventive health screenings, informational displays and demonstrations, and a food distribution by the Maryland Food Bank. The GC Health Fair is offered free to the community by the Garrett County Steps Committee. Health-oriented vendors are invited to apply for a booth at the event by contacting Maney Gale at 301-387-3086 or email email@example.com.
Presentation on History Of the White House Slated at Garrett College
“A History of the White House” will be presented by Beth Luers, Garrett College Professor of Humanities, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon in Room 224 on the McHenry campus as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. This event is open to the public and free-of-charge.
Luers belongs to the White House Historical Association, a group founded by Jacqueline Kennedy. She has participated in various educational forums with this group. “The first event I attended was on the 200th anniversary of the White House in 2000. Various people spoke about its history, and we were invited to visit the White House one evening where we received a tour and a buffet dinner in the State Dining Room. We were allowed to roam 3 floors of the White House and were entertained on each floor by a string quartet and someone on the piano. This was during Bill Clinton's time in office, but he and his family were out of town. It was still an unforgettable conference and evening at the White House,” Luers said.
The presentation will start with the competition for a design for the President's House and end in the twentieth century, highlighting the various changes and renovations made over the years. Luers will include some personal historical touches in her presentation. “I will show photos of President Grover Cleveland’s wife Frances that my cousin George Miles collected. She was like the Jackie Kennedy of her day, because she was so much younger than her husband. From time to time my cousin would write to Frances Cleveland and request a photo. He put these into an album which I now have,” she said.
For more information on this presentation, persons may contact Luers at 301-387-3020.
Garrett County Focuses on Growing Group Business
Over the past year, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland. This forward movement comes at a perfect time as data has recently been released indicating an increase in economic impact from the meetings industry.
The 2014 Economic Significance Study commissioned by the Convention Industry Council and researched by PwC indicated that not only has participant volume at meetings and events increased by 10% from 2009 to 2012, but that the industry’s contribution to federal, state and local tax dollars has also seen an increase of 8.97% from 2009 to 2012.
“We understand the impact that the meetings industry has on a destination. We have developed meeting and retreat planning tools via www.visitdeepcreek.com,” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “The goal is to help meeting planners easily find meeting space, lodging, and activities. We’re happy to assist planners with arrangements from beginning to end including RFP distribution, site visits and selection, as well as creating unique webpages for attendees to access pertinent information directly tied to their event. Since launching our initiative, we have hosted three meetings/retreats with one more slated this June.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, the world’s only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course. 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.
Celebrate Heritage Tubing Night March 6 at Wisp Resort
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is hosting a Celebrate Heritage Tubing Night from 4 pm – 8 pm on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort, located at 296 Marsh Hill Rd in McHenry, MD 21541.
Bundle up the kids in hats, scarves and mittens and head for the mountain for an evening filled with pizza and tubing fun. $20 per person includes a tubing ticket valid from 4 pm – 8 pm and a slice of pizza and a drink. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Purchase tickets online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386 with questions.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and 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.
Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Coworking Hive
State and local officials gathered at Garrett College last week to celebrate the grand opening of the Garrett Coworking Hive, which is housed in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) on the McHenry campus. It is the latest contribution to local economic development by the Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) division at GC. The event featured speakers, refreshments, and tours of the new facility.
Spearheaded by Mike Tumbarello, Coordinator of GIEC and the Garrett Center for Entrepreneurship, the Hive was created to provide a professional, supportive, and affordable shared work environment for entrepreneurs and professionals to grow their businesses while networking with others.
Garrett College President Dr. Richard MacLennan recognized the significance of this benchmark achievement. “The opening of the coworking hive represents another milestone in our efforts to support innovation and economic development in Garrett County. It is one more example of our commitment to enable early stage entrepreneurs through the Garrett Information Enterprise Center and the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship,” he said.
Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, applauded the efforts of Tumbarello. “Mike’s energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to entrepreneurship are contagious. He has become engaged in so many aspects of entrepreneurship and in support of economic development in Garrett County. The ‘hive’ is yet another example of supporting entrepreneurship at all levels,” she said.
Yoder also underscored the importance of Dr. MacLennan’s support for such innovative efforts. “I’d like to thank Dr. MacLennan for providing an atmosphere, college-wide, which encourages and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit,” she said.
Tumbarello explained the Hive will offer tenants a wide menu of rental options which is sufficiently flexible to meet a variety of needs and budgets. These options range from as little as one day per month to full time with a dedicated desk. There are also regular full-size office spaces available. In addition, he said, that all tenants will have access to the small business and entrepreneur workshops and courses offered through Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division.
“I am thrilled with the turnout we realized at this grand opening event and equally pleased with the number of inquiries and overall level of interest and support that has resulted. I believe that Garrett County, its citizens and its business community will see a real benefit from this new resource available to start-ups and small businesses,” Tumbarello said.
More information on the Hive and other GIEC opportunities is available by contacting Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or by emailing email@example.com
GC Engineering Student Selected For NASA Program
Derrick Maust, a Garrett College freshman pursuing his degree in Engineering, has been notified by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that he has been selected to attend the onsite portion of National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL,February 26-28. He is among only 40 students selected nationally from the hundreds who competed for this top-notch educational opportunity.
NCAS, a very competitive program, offers community college students the chance to learn more about what NASA does and how they can become a part of the future of space exploration. The program is offered as an interactive online learning experience highlighted by a three-day experience at NASA. Selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science by interacting with engineers at different NASA centers.
Students competing in this NCAS challenge were required to submit plans for a project. “We needed to design a mars rover. The rover had to have a budget and time line. I had to write a paper about the robot and what it would try to accomplish. I had to design the robot in CAD (Computer aided design) software,” Maust explained.
Home-schooled through his primary and secondary education, Maust credits Phil Malone, founding director of the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society (GEARS), and mentor of several Garrett County robotics teams, with his choice of engineering and robotics as a career path. “It started when Phil Malone did an underwater robotics demonstration where I learned to solder, assemble PVC pipe into a frame, and water-proof motors and wiring. After that, I was very interested in robotics. So the next year, I joined the local FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team 2818 G-FORCE and continued FTC all through high school,” he said.
Malone commended Maust on his achievements. “Derrick started as a technology novice but soon turned into the leader of his robotics team, stated Malone. Derrick is always very creative and I am sure that he will excel at the camp. Derrick’s teammates are eager to have him share his experience s when he returns. I believe that Derrick may be the first Garrett County student to be chosen for a NASA scholar. I am very proud of his achievements,” he said.
Dr. Qing Yuan, director of the GC Business and Information Technology and Engineering program, also congratulated Maust on behalf of the college. “We are all so very proud of Derrick for what he has accomplished. We also hope that other students will follow his example and become involved in the NASA program,” she said.
Asked how he felt about this achievement, Maust simpley said: “I worked hard, and I was very happy to be one of the 40 selected.” Derrick is a son of Jerry and Cindy Maust who live in Accident.
Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan Upcoming Meeting Dates
The Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites public attendance at all meetings of the steering committee and its four subcommittees. Some meetings will have a conferencing option for those who cannot attend. Those interested in that option are to contact Deborah Carpenter at 301-334-1920 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Meeting announcements, agendas and pre-meeting educational materials for both the Steering Committee and the subcommittees will be posted at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/deepcreekwatershedplan/ . The following meetings will be held in the next month.
Steering Committee – March 3, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at the Garrett County Health Department Conference Room (RM 107), 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland MD 21550
Deep Creek Sewage Overflows – Information Release
On Friday January 31, 2014 at approximately 7 p.m. a sewage overflow was discovered along the road near the entrance to Marsh Hill Road. Department of Public Works (DPW) personnel immediately responded and closed valves on a 4” sewer lateral which prevented any further overflow. It is estimated that the duration of the event lasted less than 2 hours and the maximum overflow estimate is 9,600 gallons. DPW personnel worked both Friday evening and early Saturday morning to clean and stabilize the area. The affected area was taped off and signs were posted. The cause of the leak is believed to be a broken 4” lateral line that runs under Marsh Hill Road. Line repair excavation is currently underway.
On Sunday February 2, 2014 at approximately 1 p.m. DPW personnel was notified of a leaking duplex grinder basin located at 19638 Garrett Highway. DPW personnel immediately responded and pumped the basin with a vacuum truck, pulled and repaired one pump and replaced the other. The duration of the event is estimated to have been less than 2 hours and the overflow estimate is 1,200 gallons. The area was treated with lime stabilization, taped off and signs were posted.
The Utilities Division Standard Overflow Procedure for overflows in excess of 10,000 gallons is to issue a press release within 24 hours. For events under 10,000 gallons DPW works with the Health Department to determine the risk to public health and issue notices as necessary. In both these cases, the overflows were immediately corrected. Weather conditions and the lake being frozen minimized any potential contact with the public and the areas were taped off and notification signs were posted around the affected areas.
When sewage overflows occur in the Deep Creek Lake Area, the Health Department, DNR and MDE are immediately notified. Copies of the initial overflow reports as well as any future overflow reports will be available on our website @ www.garrettcounty.org/public-utilities/deep-creek-sewer--overflow-reports . For any questions, please contact the Utilities Division Office @ 301-334-6983.
ATTENTION JOB SEEKERS!
New Germany and/or Dan’s Mountain State Parks are NOW HIRING for the following seasonal positions:
o Park Maintenance Worker
o Park Naturalist
o Contact Station Attendant (formerly called Gate Attendant)
o Visitor Services Attendant (formerly called Office Clerk)
o Pool Manager
o Lifeguard – Pool
o Lifeguard – Lake
o Concession Attendant
o Housekeeping/ Cabin Cleaners
If you would like to apply for any of these seasonal positions, please visit http://www.jobaps.com/MD/ and search for jobs at “New Germany” or “Dan’s Mountain.” The application can be completed and submitted online. Detailed position descriptions and qualifications are also available online. Please be sure to complete all sections of the online application before clicking the “submit” button. Each recruitment announcement will include a requirement to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire, which each applicant must complete in order to be considered. The Supplemental Questionnaire will ask each candidate to select the specific job(s) for which they are applying.
Please be advised that the recruitment period for all 2014 seasonal positions will be open for 4 weeks only, ending on Monday, March 3rd. We will not be able to accept any applications for seasonal positions after March 3rd. All applications will remain on file for 12 months. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please feel free to call or stop by the Ranger Station.
GC HEALTH FAIR SCHEDULED
The Garrett County Steps to Better Health Committee has announced Saturday, April 12 as the date slated for the next annual Garrett County Health Fair. The 2014 Health Fair will be held from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Aquatic & Recreational Complex (CARC) on Mosser Road in McHenry adjacent to Garrett College.
“Since 2006, the Garrett County Steps to Better Health Committee has worked diligently to provide the Health Fair at no cost to participants. The Health Fair offers an opportunity for persons to learn about the wide array of health-related services and activities that our county and surrounding areas offer,” explained Bob Stephens, Chairman of the Steps Committee. “We could not provide this type of event to our community without our many generous sponsors.”
One of the first organizations to accept a sponsorship role with a generous donation is Maryland Physicians Care, a hospital-owned Managed Care Organization that provides coordinated health care services for Maryland HealthChoice (Medicaid) members. “We provide free medical care and services to children, pregnant women and adults 19 and over who qualify for the Maryland HealthChoice program. We are pleased to once again be a sponsor of the Garrett County Health Fair which brings much needed health related information to the residents of Garrett County,” remarked Terry Hillegas, Marketing and Community Outreach Liaison for Maryland Physicians Care.
Stephens went on to explain that there will also be a food distribution by the Maryland Food Bank at this year’s Health Fair and the Committee expects to reach over 1,200 persons. Anyone interested in obtaining a booth at this year’s fair should contact Maney Gale at 301-387-3086 or email@example.com.
Stutzman’s Deep Creek 2014 Commemorative Poster Revealed at the Whitewater Worlds Exhibition at Wisp Resort
The World Championships are coming! In anticipation of this prestigious World Class event, Deep Creek 2014 partnered with World renowned artist, Mark Stutzman to create the Deep Creek 2014 Commemorative Poster. Stutzman was generously commissioned by the Town of Mt. Lake Park to create the project. The final work of art was unveiled on Saturday, January 18 at the Wisp Resort display of the Deep Creek 2014 Whitewater Worlds Exhibition. The Exhibition will be in the Main Lodge at the Wisp through the end of March.
Mark Stutzman had this to say about the project, “I’m so excited to have done the poster art for Deep Creek 2014. My deepest thanks go to the Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park for recognizing its relevance and backing the project. It’s incredible that a World sporting event of this caliber will be hosted by Garrett County this year. My hope is that having a commemorative poster will be a nice way to celebrate the months leading up to the event, as it’s happening, and be a way to remember it after it has passed.”
“My concept for the image was to create something that would capture the turbulence of the water, the natural look of the course and a sense of competition. I wanted the athletes to be able to “feel” themselves in the painting and for spectators to relate to the excitement of the competition. The artwork is done in airbrush, using cut frisket, which masks the areas to be painted. When working this way, it’s a one shot deal; no changes and no fixes. There’s as much planning and preparation that goes into this technique as painting. It’s reminiscent of poster art from the turn of the last century. Watching the 12’ x 16’ banner of the poster unfurl at the unveiling, was a huge thrill. The poster itself, will be a much more manageable standard size at 18” x 24”. I also must thank the gang at Deep Creek 2014, who were so enthusiastic and supportive throughout the creation of the poster. It was such a pleasurable experience. “, said Stutzman.
“This is amazing”, said Todd Copley, Executive Director of Deep Creek 2014. “It shows a great collaboration with our partner Wisp Resort, our community and our sponsors. Laura Stutzman did a remarkable job with the concept for the Whitewater Exhibition Wall and regarding the commemorative poster, what can I say?” “Mark Stutzman is iconic and we are so humbled that the Town of Mountain Lake Park stepped up to help in this effort”. “This wall will be seen by over 100,000 people between now and the end of ski season and we hope the excitement continues right up to September”.
The Deep Creek 2014 Commemorative Poster is currently on sale at The Wisp Resort Retail Shops. Follow Deep Creek 2014 on Facebook to learn of other locations as they are added. Tickets and Deep Creek 2014 merchandise will go on sale Midnight, February 28, 2014! Be the first to get yours and share in the history and the legacy of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships!
The largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus on Maryland’s scenic western-most county with 300 athletes from over 35 international countries competing and over 21.5 million international broadcast television viewers around the world. Over 20,000 spectators are expected in Garrett County to watch the event and the events planned throughout the summer leading up to the competition.
The teams and athletes will be arriving in the region during the Labor Day weekend and will be onsite through the end of the World Championships on September 21.A total of over $20 million dollars is anticipated in regional economic impact
The 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Prague, Czech Republic, Deep Creek, MD hosts the 2014 World Championships and the 2015 Championships will be held in London, England.
For more information, about the Deep Creek 2014 event and travel information please visit their website at www.deepcreek2014.com.
Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces that work has begun on the next Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan. (2014-2024).The current ten year plan will expire later this year. The new plan will require approval from The Maryland Department of the Environment followed by a public hearing, and formal adoption by the Garrett County Board of Commissioners. The majority of the changes to the plan will be related to the changes and amendments that have taken place over the last 10 years. The most up to date information on operations, costs, and future plans will also be included in the new plan.
The draft plan will be sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment in February 2014 and once approved, a public hearing and review period will be scheduled allowing the opportunity for formal public comment.
Interested citizens are encouraged to review the current plan on the Garrett County Web-site at www.garrettcounty.org under the Solid Waste & Recycling tab. Citizens may ask questions or provide input for the new plan through written comments sent or delivered to Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road Oakland Maryland 21550, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Solid Waste & Recycling Manager, David Baker by phone at 301-387-0322.
Chef Patrick Gary To Offer Classes On Asian Cuisine
International cuisine is on the menu for classes offered by Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) according to information from Connie Meyers, program director. A four-week session will offer a variety of tastes from traditional Asian cooking. Classes will be held at the Mary Browning Senior Center in Oakland on Mondays, January 27 through February 24, (there will be no class on February 17th), 5:30 – 8:30 p.m..
Chef Patrick Gary, instructor for this course, spoke about selecting the recipes that will be featured in his classes. “Asia is the largest continent in the world in both area and population. When we think of Asian Cuisine, some tend to think of China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. There are actually 48 countries that comprise the great continent of Asia which include: Russian, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and India, to name a few. We will take these four weeks to explore the wonderful dishes of the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam,” he said.
Week one of the course will offer tastes of the Philippines with recipes for Filipino Pancit, a pasta dish, and Lumpia which are Petite eggrolls that can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. Week Two will feature dishes from Indonesia to include Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken known as Ayam Masak Merah in Malaysia and Indonesia and a dessert known as Pisang Goreng, Indonesian Banana Fritters.
week three Chef Pat will feature foods from Sri Lanka to
include Kukul Mas Kari (Chicken Curry),
Meyers, who arranged this course through CEWD, said she is very pleased to have Chef Patrick Gary sharing his expertise. “Chef Pat is highly qualified. Following his retirement from the U. S. Navy in 1990, he graduated from the Baltimore International Culinary College. He has taught Advanced Culinary Arts, Production Management, Menu Planning, Safety and Sanitation, and International Cuisine at Pittsburgh Art Institute, and at Frederick Community College,” she said.
Presently completing his Doctoral studies (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Management, Chef Pat is undertaking a major project aligned with his doctoral dissertation that involves the establishment of K-12 Epicurus Culinary Academy. This school will be the first of its kind both nationally and internationally.
For more information including costs for this and other CEWD courses one may contact the Garrett College Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.
Deep Creek Lake Area & Garrett County, Maryland Has Highest Visitor Increase in State in 2012
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland had the highest increase in visitors in the state of Maryland in 2012, according to figures just released by the Maryland Office of Tourism.
According to the state’s annual tourism report, Economic Impact of Tourism in Maryland, Garrett County had a 7.8% increase in visitors in 2012, nearly double the 4.3% visitor increase seen by Maryland overall and a full 1% ahead of the county with the second highest increase. Report figures included each county in the state and the cities of Baltimore and Ocean City.
Along with visitor tallies, the report also includes state and county tourism spending, employment, tourism labor income, tourism tax receipts and tourism sales. 2012 is the last full year of data available. Tourism Economics conducted the report for the Maryland Office of Tourism.
Tourism has a significant impact on the economy. The report also notes that visitors spent $14.9 billion in Maryland in 2012, a 4.6% increase. Garrett County saw a 7.5% increase with approximately $268 million spent by visitors.
“In 2009, we estimated tourism spending to be $243 million according to our Economic Impact Analysis of Garrett County, conducted by West Virginia University in 2009,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “The $25 million increase to $268 million is a direct correlation to the increase in visitors to Garrett County and the increase in visitors directly correlates with the inspired marketing strategies we have employed.”
As was previously disclosed by the Garrett County Chamber, 2013 has also been a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County including a 4% increase in accommodations sales for FY 2013, a 15% increase in heads on beds and an 11% increase in sales tax collections. The Chamber attributes much of the increase to an aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
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, which will host the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in September 2014. 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.
MID-ATLANTIC RESORTS ANNOUNCE THE CONTINUATION OF THE RESORT SWAP
PROGRAM FOR THE 2013-2014 WINTER SEASON!
Maryland’s Wisp Resort, West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort and Blue Knob Resort are proud to announce the continuation of the Season Pass Holder ‘Resort Swap’ Program 2013-2014 winter season. Each resort’s Unlimited and Limited/Off-Peak/ Midweek Season Pass Holders receive more value, more options and more reason to experience Mid-Atlantic skiing for the 2013-2014 ski season.
Unlimited Season Pass Holders at Wisp Resort, Seven Springs, Snowshoe, Hidden Valley and Blue Knob will each receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for additional visits to any of the other four participating resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday periods and two Sundays at Wisp Resort: January 19 and February 16. Off-Peak/Midweek Season Pass Holders will receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket for a Monday or Tuesday and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for any additional visit Mondays and Tuesdays, excluding holiday periods. By simply presenting a valid 2013-2014 Wisp Resort, Seven Springs, Snowshoe, Hidden Valley or Blue Knob season pass at the Season Pass Office of the other resorts, Season Pass Holders will be able to participate in the ‘Resort Swap’ program.
All five participating resorts are proud to offer this perk to their loyal customers which provides added value to their season passes by offering a more diverse skiing and snowboarding experience in the region.
The Resort Swap program is available for all customers who purchase a 2013-2014 Unlimited or Limited/Off-Peak/Midweek Season Pass from Wisp Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort or Blue Knob.
For more information or to purchase a 2013-2014 Season Pass, please contact: Wisp Resort: www.wispresort.com, 301-387-4000; Seven Springs Mountain Resort: www.7springs.com, 814-352-7777; Snowshoe Mountain Resort: www.snowshoemtn.com, 877-441.4386; Hidden Valley Resort: www.hiddenvalleyresort.com, 814-443-8000 or Blue Knob Resort: www.blueknob.com, 800.458.3403.
WHITE WATER LODGE OPENING ATOP WISP
Wisp Resort announced the opening of The White Water Lodge at the top of the mountain on Friday, December 27, 2013. The building serves as the home of Adventure Sports Center International’s whitewater rafting and kayaking course in summer, and now will provide skier and rider amenities and services in the winter months as the newly renamed White Water Lodge. The building was converted into a winter facility to offer lift ticket sales, ski and snowboard equipment rentals, additional restrooms and the Vertical Drop Shop, a retail store.
“With the addition of a mountaintop facility to house skier and rider services, our guests can now bypass the Main Lodge completely on the weekends if they so choose. There is ample parking up there, and The Pumphouse Café is right next door for dining,” commented Jerry Geisler, Wisp General Manager. The White Water Lodge Rental Shop will offer sport ski and snowboard rentals for adults and children. Private lessons will be available by appointment from the White Water Lodge. The new Vertical Drop Shop will feature ski and snowboard essentials and accessories including clothing, helmets, goggles, hats, gloves and more.
The White Water Lodge will be open peak weekends and holidays. The Lodge can be accessed by passing the main entrance to Wisp Resort on Marsh Hill Road, and then turning right onto Overlook Pass, then turning right onto Wisp Mountain Road and finally turning left onto Adventure Sports Way.
Deep Creek 2014 Announces McHenry MD will also host 2014 United States National Championship of Adventure Racing.
Deep Creek 2014 is excited to announce that The United States Adventure Racing Association has selected McHenry, MD as the site for their 2014 U.S. National Championships of Adventure Racing.
This prestigious race began in 2000 and has continually grown into the premier amateur adventure racing event in the United States. Teams from all over the country will compete in over 40 regional qualifying events throughout the year, all chasing the same goal of qualifying for the USARA Adventure Race National Championship and making their way to the Deep Creek Lake area in October next year. These regional champions will assemble to run, paddle, mountain bike and navigate using map & compass in a grueling 100 mile / 30 hour race that will begin at the Wisp Resort and The Adventure Sports Center International and make their way deep into the heart of the wilderness here in Garrett County.
These teams will have to push the boundaries of human endurance and teamwork just to finish. Winning will require extreme willpower, mastery of all disciplines, and a little luck.
Deep Creek 2014 Executive Director, Todd Copley stated that “this event is another amazing coup for Garrett County and right in our vision of becoming the U.S. epicenter of adventure sports. No other destination in the world can boast that they are hosting both a World Championship AND a National Championship in the same year. Unprecedented!” Copley continued by saying “Part of Deep Creek 2014’s mission is attracting additional legacy events to the region and we really wanted this one because it aligns so perfectly with the vision. I’m really excited about this and it adds to our repertoire.”
The USARA Adventure Race National Championship will draw 60-80 teams from 30+ different states. The event generates 150,000 + visits to the USARA Nationals website during the 30 hour period of the national championship race and Garrett County will be featured on banners at 40 qualifying events and will receive extensive coverage in Adventure World Magazine during the year leading up to the event.
Winter Hours for the GC Landfill