Win a Home to Help Build a Home for Adoptable Animals

HART for Animals is raising funds to raise the roof of the HART Adoption Wing by raffling a house and 18 other cash prizes as part of their “Forever Home” fundraiser. In July 2014, HART was awarded a $250,000 grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission, with matching funds to be provided jointly by Garrett County and private donations.  The raffle is expected to raise $125,000 towards the construction, from the sale of the 4,000 tickets for a grand prize of a single-family Cape Cod home in Thurmont, Maryland, or 18 cash prizes including the first prize of $5,000. 

Many Garrett County residents helped celebrate the opening of the first phase of the HART Animal Center in 2014. Through a combination of private donations, grants, and a loan from the USDA -Rural Development’s Community Facility Program, the Bredel Veterinary Clinic opened on February 25, 2014. The Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel, MUTTWorks Grooming Salon and the HART Shoppe retail store opened in March of the same year. These services will enable HART for Animals to support its mission of improving the lives of homeless animals by building an animal adoption center where adoptable animals will never have to be euthanized. The revenues generated by these services, along with grants and fundraising efforts, such as the current “Forever Home” house raffle, will support and sustain the operations of the final phase: the HART Adoption Shelter Wing, to be completed this year.

Founded in 2003, HART for Animals has been rescuing animals from the county’s twelve-kennel shelter and transporting them to larger adoption facilities in locations throughout the region. Prior to the organization’s founding, the local shelter was forced to euthanize hundreds of animals each year due to a low adoption rate and shelter capacity.  To date, HART has rescued and transported more than 6,500 animals.  In 2009, HART opened a small low-cost spay/neuter clinic for low-income households to help reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens and educate pet owners on the value of spaying and neutering.  Since that time, HART has performed 6,000 spay/neuter surgeries, reducing the intake to the county shelter by 18%. 

“A small group of fiercely committed people were determined to change the lives of homeless cats and dogs,” says Mercedes Pellet, HART’s development director. “So we rolled up our sleeves and knowing that without challenge, there is no change, began a capital fundraising campaign to build, from the ground up, a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility.  We knew this task seemed to many people like a monumental project for such a low-populated area, but through perseverance and sheer willpower, our dream became a reality,” she adds.  It is with the same determination that HART is now engaged in raffling the house to raise the $125,000 for the Adoption Wing.

The house, valued at $236,000, is located one block from Mount Saint Mary’s College, in Thurmont, Maryland. Convenient to Hagerstown, Emmitsburg and Frederick, this newly remodeled 1,419 square foot home on one-quarter acre features a detachable garage, secluded, fenced-in backyard, three bedrooms, one full bath and one half-bath and walk-out basement.

“The beauty of this home is the options when you do win,” says HART’s executive director, Paula Yudelevit. “You can keep this beautifully-appointed home, sell it or rent it. Being one-block from Mount Saint Mary’s College makes selling or renting a profitable option,” she concludes. 

With a maximum number of 4,000 tickets for sale, the odds of winning the “Forever Home” are 1 in 4,000. The odds of winning one of the 18 cash prizes are 1 in 210. Tickets are $100 each.

Information on the house, the cash prizes and full rules may be found on the raffle website, www.harthomeraffle.org. Tickets may be purchased on the website or at the HART Animal Center, located at 1265 Bumble Bee Rd., Accident, MD 21520.  Information may also be obtained by calling 301.387.7729.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation. Donations to HART are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART or any of its charitable programs, visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org

Ruth Enlow Library Resumes Book Discussion Series

The Ruth Enlow Library is hosting a book discussion with Katie Fallon, author of Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, on Monday, March 30, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Library. This event will be the first in the library’s discussion series this year, keeping the momentum going from last year’s Pushing the Limits events. To register for this free program, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net. The library has a limited supply of books available for the program and is asking that participants share with someone else who is attending, or return the book after reading it.

Fallon will give about a 20-minute presentation at the event and then will open the program to discussion. Caroline Blizzard, Director of the Discovery Center, also will attend and provide follow-up information from the group’s discussion last summer about the Monarch butterfly and its habitat here in the county.

Cerulean Blues describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat,” reads the book description. “With both scientific rigor and a sense of wonder, Fallon leads readers on a journey of more than two thousand miles—from the top of the forest canopy in the ancient mountains of Appalachia to a coffee plantation near troubled Bogotá, Colombia—and shows how the fate of a creature weighing less than an ounce is vitally linked to our own.”

A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, Cerulean Blues is “part journey, part documentary, and wholly engaging; a tribute to a bird that bridges continents with its wings and to a rising star among contemporary nature writers,” according to Pete Dunne, former Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and author of Hawks In Flight and other books.

Fallon has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and her essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Bark Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then, Isotope, Fourth River, the minnesota review, and The Tusculum Review. Her essay “Rebirth” (published in River Teeth, Fall 2013) was listed as a “Notable” in Best American Science & Nature Writing 2014, and her essay “Hill of the Sacred Eagles” was a finalist in Terrain‘s 2011 essay contest. She has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. More information is available at Fallon’s website: www.katiefallon.com.


Garrett County Memorial Hospital and General Electric have entered into a contract agreement that will upgrade and replace the critical care monitors for the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Surgical Suite, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the Same Day Surgery Unit.  Also included in the critical care equipment package are three new ventilators and 2 new c-arms for Radiologic/Surgical procedures.

“Technology is one of the most important and most rapidly advancing tools in healthcare. I think it’s important that the hospital have the latest technology to offer the community,” explained Mark Boucot, GCMH President & CEO; “Providing high quality healthcare requires having state of the art technology available to the physicians and staff.”

Boucot went on to explain,  “This deal with General Electric provides GCMH with technological infrastructure for the most advanced critical care monitoring available and will carry us into the future with the new construction project.  It will also give doctors remote access to rapidly assist in care.”

Hospital-wide upgrades will provide standardization of equipment so that all departments are on the same platform.  Innovative advancements in technology allow the physicians to better diagnose and treat patients.  It has the potential to save countless lives and improve the overall quality of life.

“We see, firsthand, every day, the impact that improved equipment has in the lives of our patients. It’s everywhere; from our phones, to our laptops, to x-ray machines to defibrillators. Funding of new technology is always a challenge and often requires lengthy and savvy negotiations with medical suppliers to achieve our objectives. We do take a proactive approach to advancing our service lines as with the recent grant funding for telehealth services,” said Boucot.

GCMH was recently awarded a $62,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund telehealth services.  The funding will allow for the purchase of four new telehealth units to improve the community’s access to specialty medical services and consults from larger hospitals. As many community residents simply cannot afford to travel the long distances for specialized treatment, they often go without proper medical care as a result. This will allow patients to receive the same care as patients at a larger facility.

“I think it’s exciting that GCMH is in a growth mode and moving forward at an unprecedented level. These upgrades and advancements are a major investment on behalf of Garret County Memorial Hospital and they signify a real commitment to provide the best possible care to the patients of the Garrett region of Western Maryland. This technology advancement will carry GCMH well into the future. With structural improvements, increased square footage and state of art equipment, we can improve diagnostic capabilities, increase efficiency of services, provide a more comfortable and positive patient experience and continue to ensure excellent care for our patients.  GCMH will have the ability to meet the community’s need for quality healthcare and allow patients to spend less time in the hospital and more time enjoying life,” said Boucot.

“Garrett Memorial is on a road of continuous quality improvement and service excellence. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the access to care as well as enhance the quality of care available locally,” concluded Boucot.

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, March 3 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 provide an overview of the proposed Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail and other ongoing trail projects in the county. He 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. Diversification is a key element of success in careers related to adventure recreation and Storck has developed proficiencies in environmental education, web design, database development and strategic planning to compliment his outdoors skills and knowledge. 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.


Exelon Expands renewable energy in maryland
Exelon’s Fourmile Wind Energy Project Fully Operational

Exelon Generation’s Fourmile Wind Energy Project located in the northern section of Garrett County, Md. began full operation on Jan. 22, 2015.  The project has 16 turbines capable of generating 40 megawatts (MWs) of clean energy for Maryland consumers.


The Fourmile Project is the first of two wind projects being constructed in western Maryland as part of renewable energy commitments made to the state in connection with the Exelon – Constellation merger. The Fair Wind Energy Project will begin construction in the spring of 2015 which will add 30 MWs of clean renewable generation, fulfilling the merger commitment of providing at least 62.5 MWs of onshore wind power to Maryland. Exelon’s Criterion Wind Project was Maryland’s first commercial wind project began operation 2010 and consists of 28 turbines capable of generating 70 MWs of electricity.



“When complete, these two new projects will bring Exelon’s total wind generation in Garrett County to 140 MWs of renewable energy,” said Ron DeGregorio, President Exelon Power. “Our investment in clean renewable energy in western Maryland is another example of Exelon Generation’s continued growth to meet the needs of our customers.”


By the end of 2015, Exelon Generation’s wind projects in western Maryland will be capable of generating enough clean electricity, at full power, to provide electricity to more than 49,000 homes.


“We are proud to support the state of Maryland’s commitment to produce energy through renewable generation,” said David Drescher, Exelon’s vice president of wind and solar energy. “Renewable energy is an important part of Exelon’s generation portfolio and another component in our efforts to advance clean energy.”


Exelon’s wind assets are managed by Exelon Power, a division of Exelon Generation, which owns and operates Exelon’s renewable, hydroelectric and fossil power plants. Exelon Generation is the country’s 11th largest wind producer, with approximately 1,390 megawatts of wind generation in 12 states.  In addition to more than 100 MWs of wind generation in western Maryland, Exelon owns and operates Conowingo Hydro-electric Generating Facility in Harford County.  Its 572 MWs of generation is the largest single source of clean renewable generation in Maryland


Farmers, businesses and labor unite to advocate for property rights and energy development     

 A new coalition of farmers, property owners, businesses and labor organizations in Garrett and Allegany Counties has organized to advocate for safe shale gas drilling in western Maryland and to moderate the most extreme aspects of oil and gas regulations, proposed last month by Maryland’s Department of the Environment.

                In the final days of the Martin O’Malley administration, MDE registered the proposed regulations, which the Energy and Property Rights Coalition believes is “overly restrictive with unprecedented requirements to an extent that would quash any potential for shale gas drilling in Garrett and Allegany Counties.”  As a result, the landowners’ coalition has submitted its “strenuous” objections to the proposed regulations – via Cumberland attorney Robert S. Paye – to MDE as well as members of the Maryland General Assembly’s Administrative, Executive and Law Review Committee.

                “We strongly support putting these regulations on hold until the new administration has a chance to review them,” said Bill Bishoff, Energy and Property Rights Coalition president. “Plus, Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel need our help in informing Maryland lawmakers that many western Maryland citizens don’t support these proposed regulations.” Bishoff and the coalition’s board of directors hope a new “call to action” to some 1400 property owners will finally enable the region’s “silent majority” to speak out and be heard.

                Well over 90 percent of the comments and input, of which state officials based the looming gas extraction regulations, are negative opinions from environmental alarmists, according to the new coalition. “Until now, there had been no organization to advance safe gas development in western Maryland and to promote the transformative and economic fiscal impacts shale gas extraction would have for the region,” explained Bishoff. At the recent PACE reception in Annapolis, he and other coalition members met with hundreds of government and business leaders to explain what’s at stake for energy and property rights in western Maryland.

                Delegate Beitzel supports the new coalition and told members at a recent meeting: “Horizontal drilling – not hydraulic fracturing – has become the real game changer in energy extraction from shale formations. Natural gas drilling has occurred in Garrett County with no lasting adverse environmental damage. Further exploration into the Marcellus Shale would have a positive impact on our local economy by providing much needed jobs and added revenue.”

                Senator Edwards also endorses the new effort, however, during his visit to the Energy and Property Rights Coalition’s PACE exhibit, he noted, “It’s long overdue.”

                Support for safe shale gas development in Garrett County has also come from the Garrett County Commissioners, the Garrett Chamber of Commerce and the Garrett County Farm Bureau.

                Yet, while landowners, workers and businesses in adjoining states are prospering from shale gas development, Maryland has stymied gas exploration, by trying to formulate the so-called “gold standard” regulations on gas development, the coalition maintains. There are also – among certain environmentalists – new efforts to push for a long-term moratorium on natural gas exploration, despite the just ended 3 ½ year study the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission completed for the O’Malley administration.

                The Energy and Property Rights Coalition will push for the rights of property owners to use and develop natural resources subject to reasonable regulations similar to adjoining states. One of the many reasons the extreme restrictions will backfire, according to Bishoff and Paye, is that “the Maryland Marcellus Shale area is only 1.6 percent of the total Marcellus Shale play in neighboring states. If Maryland, with such a tiny area but with significant gas reserves, attempts to apply such extreme and difficult regulations, it is obvious that gas companies will simply bypass Maryland and concentrate production in the adjoining states.”

                Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, producing 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal and 30 percent less than oil, according to industry experts. The extraction process is labor intensive, generating many high–paying jobs, and gas shale development also provides payments in leases and royalties to landowners.

                For more information visit the coalition’s Web site: http://mylandourenergy.com/

Jess Whittemore to speak at AVS Colloquium

Jess Whittemore will present ‘The History of Advanced Fabrics Used in Adventure Sports Clothing’ on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the McHenry campus at Garrett College. Whittemore is the Director of Research and Development at Immersion Research, Inc. located in Confluence, Pa. He will also debut the new 2015 line of Immersion Research products, including dry suits, dry tops, layering, and kayak spray skirts.

Whittemore is most well-known for his legacy in Whitewater Kayak design, and cutting edge whitewater paddling techniques. After spending 10 years designing boats for his proprietary “Whittemore Laminates”, he became the first “Professional Kayaker” in the U.S. Perception Kayaks sent him all over the world to display his skills (and market their kayaks). Whittemore’s talent as a composite designer also caught the attention of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team, who asked him to build a bobsled for them. Whittemore’s techniques and designs permeate the entire whitewater industry. Named as “The Father of Play Boating” by Kayak Sessions Magazine, he has gained the respect of old school and new school whitewater paddlers.

Whittemore was approached by Immersion Research owners John and Kara Weld to direct the Research and Development arm of their fledgling company, and he jumped at the opportunity. Fourteen years later, he can be found milling around the Immersion Research shop designing spray skirts and high-end whitewater clothing, and in-between trips to Vietnam where he oversees the company’s off-shore production.

In addition to sharing his vast knowledge of high-tech fabrics and design, he will also present a debut of the 2015 line of Immersion Research products, including dry suits, dry tops, layering, and kayak spray skirts.

The colloquium is a part of a class in the Adventure Sports program, and the presentations are open to the public and are free to attend. For more information persons may contact 301-387-3330 or www.adventuresportsi.org.

Style 101 Class to be presented at GC

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College will be offering a new class ‘Style 101’ at the McHenry campus on Thursday, February 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class is designed for those who would like to review their fashion choices and sense of style under the guidance of professional fashion consultant, Leslie Warnick. Participants will explore topics such as body type, clothing that flatters different shapes, fashion trends vs. classic pieces, and how weight, age and personality influence individual style. Armed with this basic information, participants will then offer critique and commentary to help maximize fashion choices. Particpants are also encouraged to bring with them any fashion accessories or apparel in one’s closet that they may have a question or two about.

For additional information on the class or to register, persons may contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Scheduled Released for Spring Joan Crawford Lecture Series

Garrett College has announced the Spring 2015 schedule for the Joan Crawford Lecture Series which will be held on the McHenry campus beginning Wednesday, February 25. 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 at either 12 noon or at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

The schedule of spring presentations are as follows:

Wednesday, February 25, “The Russian Threat to Ukrainian Independence” presented by Dr. Oleh Havrylyshyn at 7 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium

Wednesday, March 11, “A Naturalist’s Travels in China” presented by Peter Skylstad at noon in Room 224

Wednesday, March 25, “Historical Trauma: Native Americans & Indigenous Populations” presented by Gloria Salazar at noon in Room 645

Wednesday, April 8, “From Hitler’s Germany to a New Life in the U.S.” presented by Paul Weiler at 7 p.m. in Room 205 in the Continuing Education building

Tuesday, April 14, “The Poets We Love” presented by Jack DuBose at 7 p.m. in Room 201 in the Continuing Education building

Wednesday, April 22, “Autism: What Doctors Know & What Autistic Children Wish You Knew” presented by Elizabeth Taliaferro at noon in Room 645.

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

GC Baseball Winter Clinic Scheduled

Garrett College will be holding two winter Baseball Clinics on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 for the next generation of Lakers. The clinic is being directed by Eric Hallenbeck, Head Baseball Coach at Garrett College. Instructors for the clinic will include Hallenbeck, assistant baseball coaches, and current players at Garrett College.

The Pitching Clinic will be held on February 20 in the gymnasium at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex. The pitching clinic will emphasize mechanics, types of pitches and how to increase velocity. Ages 7-12 are scheduled from 5pm to 6:30pm and ages 13-17 are scheduled from 6:30pm to 8pm.

The Hitting Clinic is scheduled for February 21 and will emphasize mechanics, approach, and drills to correct flaws in the swing. Ages 7-12 are scheduled from noon to 1:30pm while ages 13-17 are at 2pm until 3:30pm. Both hitting clinics will take place in the indoor baseball facility at Garrett College. There is a limit of 15 players per time slot. Advance registration is encouraged.

The cost of the clinics are $35 per session. For more information on the winter clinics or to register, contact Coach Hallenbeck at 301-387-3331 or eric.hallenbeck@garrettcollege.edu.

Ruth Enlow Library Runs Bookmark Contest

As part of its celebration of National Library Week this year in April, the Ruth Enlow Library is running a bookmark contest for children and young adults ages 5 – 18. Participants create a design on the template provided by the library, using crayons, markers, colored pencils, or a similar medium, and then take the entry to any Ruth Enlow branch. The contest runs from February 15 – March 15 and includes 4 separate age groups: 5 – 7, 8 – 10, 11 – 13, and 14 – 18. The bookmark design should reflect the theme for National Library Week, which is “Unlimited Possibilities @ your library®.” All entries must be created on the template provided by the library and submitted by March 15.

One winner will be selected from each age group by a group of three judges. Winning designs will be printed as Ruth Enlow Library bookmarks and will be available at the beginning of National Library Week (April 13). All entries become the property of the Ruth Enlow Library. Participants should stop by any branch in mid-February to pick up a copy of the bookmark template with specific guidelines.

For more information, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996, x117 or any library branch.

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary

Plan for adventure sports bachelor’s degree advances

Plans for a bachelor’s degree program in adventure sports management through Garrett College and Frostburg State University are advancing. A committee of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved the plan on Tuesday, January 14 during a meeting in Baltimore. It now goes to the full board for a vote as soon as next month.

The bachelor’s degree program in cooperation with Frostburg State University will continue to build on an associate’s degree offered at Garrett College since 1992. Proponents say most of those community college graduates want to earn a bachelor’s in adventure sports, and more than 60 percent of them transfer to schools in other states to get one.

In May of 1992, Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute developed the first degree program of its kind in the nation; it currently offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree and a one-year Certificate in Adventure Sports Management. Nationally recognized certifications that can be obtained include those from the American Canoe Association (ACA), the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association (PCIA), Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), Leave-No-Trace (LNT) and Rescue 3 International. The Adventure Sports Institute develops leaders and professionals who have a strong sense of environmental stewardship and community service. 

Garrett College’s signature Adventure Sports program has earned a national and international reputation, allowing students to practice their passion while fueling the workforce for the growing adventure recreation industry. Field-skill activities include mountain biking, whitewater paddling, fair/cold weather back country living skills, rock/ice climbing, ropes/challenge course facilitation, alpine ski/snowboard, Nordic/Telemark skiing, land-rock-water based rescue, and wilderness emergency medical care. Program highlights include leadership development, program planning, risk management, and decision-making. Through the lens of outdoor education and recreation, students learn about health and fitness as well as economic development and environmental awareness.

More information on the Adventure Sports program at Garrett College can be found by contacting the Adventuresports Institute at 301-387-3333 or www.adventuresportsi.org.



Middle and high school students across Garrett County were recently invited to submit their artwork for a special exhibit now on display at The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland.  Sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council, the exhibit was open to any student in the county and will be on display until February 21.

“We look forward to this exhibit each year” stated Karen Reckner, Executive Director of GCAC.  “We want to foster the creativity of our young people and support the work our art teachers are doing with their students.”  Entries were received from students of Ms. Cindy Ringler and Ms. Melissa Pyle, Southern High School; Mr. James Paxton, Northern High School; Ms. Alyssa Rodeheaver, Southern Middle School and Ms. Jennifer Wampler, Northern Middle School.

A variety of styles and mediums are part of the show.  Students have created pieces including watercolor paintings, colored pencil drawings, and cut paper artwork.  A variety of theme and lesson topics are demonstrated.

The entries will be judged by a panel of professional artists and prizes will be awarded at both the middle school and high school level.

Following this special display, an exhibit of artwork from the county elementary students will be featured in The Gallery Shop’s backroom exhibit area.  The exhibits are open for public viewing during normal business hours Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The Gallery Shop is located at 206 E. Alder Street in Oakland and may be reached by calling 301-334-6580.

GCMH Awarded Grant for Telehealth

Garrett County Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $62,000 grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for a project that will use telehealth to improve the community’s access to specialty medical services.  The new telehealth units will citizens in Western Maryland receive specialized healthcare in their own community.

In an announcement released by the offices of U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Congressman John Delaney said, “Many residents of Garrett County live far from a hospital and even further from a specialist, but that shouldn’t mean they don’t receive the care they deserve.” Senator Cardin noted that where people live should never determine the quality of healthcare available to them.

Garrett County and the surrounding counties face high rates of chronic illness, low incomes and often lack health insurance. The shortage of local specialty care services in rural areas can pose serious problems to high-need patients, such as those with stroke, high risk pregnancies or renal conditions. The patients may have to travel long distances for treatment or forgo specialty care services altogether.

The ARC grant will enable Garrett County Memorial Hospital to secure four mobile telehealth units. These high definition video and audio units will link patients and providers at GCMH with specialty care providers at facilities, such as the Western Maryland Health System, University of Maryland Medical Center, and West Virginia University Medical Center. Clinicians in these advanced medical centers will be able to provide diagnosis and consultation for patients at the Oakland facility.

“Many patients simply can’t afford to travel long distances for treatment and often do not have access to adequate transportation to get care at specialty care clinics or larger hospitals,” explained Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett County Memorial Hospital. “Telehealth is a great advancement to modern technology allowing rural areas to offer patients the same resources available at the larger metropolitan health centers. We are very excited about bringing this new service and new technology to the community.”

“This federal funding will save money, save time and save lives, said Senator Mikulski, senior Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This telehealth program is an example of the innovative ways we can make healthcare more affordable and more accessible in our communities. Now patients with chronic illness can receive specialty treatment from doctors across the region with delay and without facing long, expensive commutes. I will continue to fight for federal funding that promotes innovations that create more affordable access to healthcare.”

Garrett County Memorial Hospital expects to serve at least 250 patients through telehealth within one year of this new initiative.

GCMH Foundation Hits $1 Million Target

William B. Grant, Chairman of the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation announced that the Foundation has reached the $1 million milestone in the Capital Campaign to help fund the Hospital’s expansion and renovation project currently underway. Total campaign project goal is $1.65 million by the end of 2015. Volunteers for the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation are very excited about the progress of the project and are pleased with the positive response and support from their friends, families and neighbors.

“Reaching this level of support would not be possible without the generosity and thoughtfulness of donors.  Having the Hospital’s Loar Auxiliary make a lead Campaign gift of $150,000 was a wonderful way to start the fundraising effort.  Our mountain top community has historically put its best foot forward in support of healthcare in the community as evidenced through many philanthropic partners,” remarked William B. Grant, GCMH Foundation Chairman. “Our efforts will continue as we look for more partners and donors to get involved and work towards the additional $650,000.”

“The Hospital’s four story addition and renovation project is slated to be complete in 2017 and will improve the community’s access to needed services,” explained Mark Boucot, GCMH President and CEO. “We are humbled by the generosity of the donors and the dedication of the Foundation volunteers towards this effort. We are equally humbled by the numbers of part time residents and vacationers who support the hospital with their charitable dollars. Garrett County Memorial Hospital is blessed to be part of a generous and supportive community. ”

“The expansion and renovation project will increase space and capabilities in nearly every department, patient wait times will be decreased as quality of service is enhanced. These improvements will maintain our Hospital’s well-earned reputation for a caring attitude toward all patients,” remarked Boucot.

More information about the Hospital Foundation and the current project is available by contacting the Foundation Office at 301-533-4178 or 301-533-4304.

New Germany State Park Seeking Seasonal Workers

NGSP is taking applications for the following seasonal positions:

Park Ranger

Park Maintenance Worker
Park Naturalist
Contact Station Attendant (formerly called Gate Attendant)
Visitor Services Attendant (formerly called Office Clerk)
Lifeguard – Lake
Concession Attendant
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”.  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 2015 seasonal positions will be open for 4 weeks only, ending on Friday, February 20th.  We will not be able to accept any applications for seasonal positions after February 20th.  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.

‘Starting Your Own Seedlings at Home’ course to be offered in Grantsville

 Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Starting Your Own Seedlings at Home, at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Class will be held on Friday, February 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Learn the steps that one needs to take to be successful in starting seedlings in the comfort of your home or hobby greenhouse. There are a few simple steps to help one be successful in growing petunias, tomatoes, or asparagus, just to name a few. This course will share tips and tricks on how to select varieties that will do well in this area.

The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from West Virginia University and an A.A. degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College. Bodkins works for the University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett County. 

The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Anyone with a disability that requires special assistance for participation in the program should contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.

For more information on this course, contact Terry Beachy at 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.

Home Horticulture course to be offered in Grantsville

In coordination with the University of Maryland Extension, Garrett College is sponsoring a one-session course, Introduction to Home Horticulture, at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Class will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Ever wondered what the horticulture industry was all about? This introductory class will discuss and one will learn about the different sections of the horticulture industry, where our food comes from, and how there is more to horticulture than just home vegetable gardening.

The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from West Virginia University and an A.A. degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College. Bodkins works for the University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett County. The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Anyone with a disability that requires special assistance for participation in the program should contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.

For more information on this course, contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.ed u. To register for this course, contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division at 301-387-3069.

Examining Debt Relief and Living Debt Free to be offered in Grantsville

Examining Debt Relief and Living Debt Free will be held at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville on February 10 and 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  This course is designed to instruct individuals regarding various methods of debt relief. Those methods discussed will include Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Loan Modification, Foreclosure Mediation, Negotiating with Creditors, and Student Loan Modification. Additionally, the course is designed to provide the student with other suggestions on paying off consumer debt and a discussion of how to live a more debt-free life. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: understand the various methods of debt relief, distinguish between Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, determine an effective budget strategy which includes savings and paying bills timely and apply strategies learned to reduce or eliminate debt.

The course is being team taught by Donald S. Goldbloom and Brandon James Hoover. Goldbloom has been practicing law in the Grantsville area since 1996.  Formerly, he worked as an attorney in both Baltimore and Cumberland, Maryland. Currently, Donald is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, assisting clients with bankruptcy protection.  He also counsels those with massive student loan debt relief and those who are otherwise in need of debt relief, such as those facing foreclosure or massive consumer debt. Hoover is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Donald S. Goldbloom as an Associate Attorney. Brandon’s current practice focuses on matters including preparation of wills, powers of attorneys, living wills/advance directives, estate administration, collection, and other matters.

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

GILL Members Select Winter Classes for February

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

The first session, ‘Aging with Class: CCRC and the Boomer Generation’ will be held on February 3 from 12:30-2:30pm at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) has been around since the 1960s, but few retirees are aware of or understand this option. This interactive presentation and discussion session will cover topics such as the history and evolution of CCRC in the United States, their contemporary amenities and services, financial models and accreditation, and the process of search, selection and entry. Ed and Jeanne Neff will present the session.

‘Improving Your Photography’ will be presented by Linda Carroll on February 4 from 12-3pm located on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. This workshop is for advanced beginner photographers who wish to enhance their skills. Topics will include composition, lighting, posing, photo resources, and tips for taking better photographs. Participants should have a good understanding of how to work their camera and a basic knowledge of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Participants must bring their own camera to the session.

On February 5, Dick Carroll will present ‘Andrew Jackson and the Cherokees’ from 1-3pm at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Through film and discussion, participants will examine how the Cherokee Nation was forced to leave their native lands in Georgia and relocate to what is now the state of Oklahoma (a trek known as The Trail of Tears).  

‘Investing Basics: The Options’ will be held on February 11 from 1-3pm at the Southern Outreach Center (Oakland Community Center) in Oakland. Presented by Bob McClosky, this session will involve an interactive presentation that will clarify the differences among stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Discussion will inform participants on what he or she needs to know in order to decide what investment strategy is right for each individual.

The final session, ‘Wills and Probate’ is scheduled for February 12 from 1-3pm at the Southern Outreach Center (Oakland Community Center) in Oakland and will be presented by Rita Watson, Register of Wills for Garrett County. Participants will be asked the following question, “Do you have a plan that provides the legal mechanism for disposing of property upon death in a way that recognizes your wishes for your survivors while minimizing taxes?” This presentation will address this question in addition to common questions regarding wills and the probate process necessary for one’s estate.

For the winter classes, all sessions are free, but registration is a must. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. More information on Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.

Chamber Hosts Next Business After Hours at Phenix Technologies, Inc. February 12

McHenry, MD – The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Phenix Technologies, Inc.  will be hosting our next Business After Hours on Thursday, February 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their 75 Speicher Drive location in Accident, MD. Enjoy delicious food and drink and mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event.  Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures High Voltage, High Current and High Power Test Systems and components in their 80,000 sq. ft western Maryland headquarters, where they ship to over 100 countries.

The cost is $6.00 for members paid in advance and $10 for non-members and members paying at the door. Register online at visitdeepcreek.com or contact Carol Hauser via email at carol@garrettchamber.com or call 301.387.6171.


Update on Search to fill County Administrative Positions

As previously announced, Michael Koch has presented County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt with his resignation as the Director of the Department of Community Planning and Development effective March 31. In light of this, the Board of County Commissioners approved a recommendation to reorganize the Department of Community Planning and Development whereby the offices of Economic Development, Planning and Land Management, and Permits and Inspection Services will now be designated as separate departments. The Directors of these distinct departments will report to the County Administrator.

The Board had also previously announced its search for a new Economic Development Director. An appointment committee comprised of representatives from a number of community organizations to include Garrett College, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Garrett County Mayors Association, Greater Oakland and Grantsville Business Associations, and others have been nominated. The interview and appointment process will be facilitated by Mr. Pagenhardt and Mr. Koch will assist and also serve on the appointment committee. Plans are for this committee to screen applicants, conduct initial interviews, and present a recommendation of candidates for appointment as director of the Department of Economic Development to the Board the week of February 23. Plans are to have a new director in place on March 23.

The Board had also announced that based on Mr. Pagenhardt’s decision to retire as county administrator when his employment agreement ends in June, a separate position classification for the Director of the Office of Human Resources has been approved by the Board. Mr. Pagenhardt has served as both County Administrator and Director of Human Resources since 1995. This newly created director position will report to the County Administrator. Plans are to begin the application and interview process for this position the week of February 16, a recommendation of appointment will be presented to the Board the week of March 30, and the director in place on April 20.

Plans for appointment of a County Administrator will commence with the position announcement to be published the week of March 9. An interview committee comprised of representatives from a number of community organizations will be nominated to assist in the applicant screening and initial interview process with interviews to be scheduled for the week of April 20. Interviews with the Board are planned to take place the week of May 4, a final decision of appointment to take place the week of May 11, and an announcement of the selected candidate to be presented at the Board’s May 19 public meeting. The appointed county administrator will begin employment on June 15 with Mr. Pagenhardt assisting with the transition through June 30.

Questions on these issues should be addressed to Mr. Pagenhardt.


Garrett County Memorial Hospital President and CEO, Mark Boucot, participated in the traditional Donate Life Rose Signing in support of organ and tissue donation.  In conjunction with the Living Legacy Foundation, Boucot and hospital staff submitted a signed Rose to be included in the “Dedication Garden Float” made up of thousands of signed roses from across the country. The Donate Life Float is a feature of the Rose Parade.

The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float featured 60 beautiful butterflies emerging from an open book, representing the number of lives changed by a single deceased donor and was coordinated by One Legacy, a nonprofit organization serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. According to Annie Kure of One Legacy who headed the float campaign as manager, “Our campaign urges Rose Parade viewers of all ages to help the one million people in need of life-saving and healing organ, tissue and cornea transplants each year. We encourage everyone to join American’s 120 million registered donors so that those who need a transplant can benefit from one.”

Donate Life Organization reports that one person can save up to eight lives through the donation of life-saving organs – heart, kidney, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestines – and help 50 people or more who need corneas to see, skin to heal from burns and bones and connective tissue for common knee, back and dental surgeries. Anyone can sign up when renewing a driver’s license or state ID, or by visiting www.DonateLifeAmerica.org. Additional information is available through the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland ( www.TheLLF.org ) and the Donate Life Maryland Organization ( www.donatelifemaryland.org ).

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Economic Forecast on January 20, 2015

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will present an Economic Forecast at the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the Crawford Room at Wisp Resort sponsored by My Bank! First United  Bank & Trust. The Business Before Hours begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and time for networking followed by guest speaker R. Andrew Bauer, senior regional economist at the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank.

Come find out what to expect in the New Year and how our economy is expected to fare. This could be the most important program you attend to help plan your business activities for the New Year.

Andrew monitors the Fifth District economy with a special focus on Maryland and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2006, Bauer worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. As a senior economic analyst on the Atlanta Fed’s macroeconomic  team, Bauer co-authored articles on macroeconomic  forecasting, consumer inflation measures and shocks to the U.S. economy during recessions. Bauer earned his B.A. at American University and his PhD at Emory University.

The cost for members is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  The cost for non-members is $30.  Register online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Carol Hauser at 301.387.6171 by noon on Monday, January 19 to receive the advance payment discount for members.  Space is limited so early reservations are recommended.

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

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

GILL Members Select Winter Classes for January

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

The first session, ‘Nutrition Needs as We Age’ will be held on January 20 from 1-3pm at the Southern Outreach Center. Participants will learn about portion control, vitamins and minerals, and the need for exercise as one ages. Amy Ritchie, licensed registered dietician, will present the session and give information on nutrition and aging.

‘Games: Ideas for All Ages’ will be presented by Lisa Davis on January 22 from 1-3pm at the Southern Outreach Center. Join us for a few hours of learning and playing games that can be enjoyed with family and friends. Light refreshments will be available. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share.

On January 27, Vanessa Stacy will present ‘Genealogy’ from 1-3pm at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland. This presentation will offer a ‘tour’ of the resources on genealogy at the Ruth Enlow Library and give a crash course on the use of www.ancestry.com. Participants are encouraged to bring WIFI capable laptops for use during the session.o:p>

The final January session, ‘Snowshoeing Hike’ will be held on January 28 from 1-3pm at Herrington Manor State Park. Join along with GILL members for an invigorating afternoon in the outdoors. Participants must bring snowshoes (rentals are available around the county) and will meet at the Herrington Manor Hut for a hike on their trails. Those that wish can also gather after the hike for hot beverages and conversation in the hut.

For the winter classes, all sessions are free, but registration is a must. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. More information on Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.

 2105 New Year’s Baby at GCMH

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Garrett County Memorial Hospital welcomed Remington Lantz as the New Year’s Baby for 2015.  Remington arrived on Friday, January 2 at 3:17 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds and 15.9 ounces.  Pictured are the proud parents, Benjamin and Renee Lantz. The Lantz Family resides in Oakland and also includes Remington’s sister, Adriane, age 3. The local business community joined in the celebration by providing a basket of gifts donated by the following: Art’s Images, Book Market, Broken Road Associates, Browning’s Shop N Save, Chic Shack, Dairy Queen, Deep Creek Cinema 8, Deep Creek Pharmacy, Denny’s Restaurant, Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Green Acres, Gregg’s Pharmacy, Hair N Phernalia, Helbig’s Jewelry, Jan Florist, Ledo’s Pizza, Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop, Madalyn Hoffeditz, Mindy Bernard, Perkins Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Sheetz, Smart Style, Sorelles, Uno’s Restaurant, and Walgreens.


Garrett County Memorial Hospital Receives National Recognition from the American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recognized Garrett County Memorial Hospital for its efforts in quality of care, patient safety and patient centered care and for its participation in the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.  The Quest for Quality Prize is recognition for hospitals that pursue excellence in continuous quality improvement and patient safety.  GCMH received the recognition after submitting a description of its quality improvement processes and measurements of success.

In the same week, GCMH was also awarded the Carolyn Boone Lewis “Living the Vision Award” for the hospital’s participation and membership in a state collaborative that is reinventing the payment systems for hospitals in the State of Maryland.  This “new” payment is also known as Total Patient Revenue, or TPR.  The way that the TPR payment system works, is that hospitals assume risk for the health of the community and are paid based on the population served, versus being paid based on the volume of patients.  The TPR Collaborative consists of a total of 10 Hospitals in the State of Maryland, all of which were presented the award for reinventing themselves to meet the new payment system.  Awards were presented by Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO of the AHA.

“Garrett County Memorial Hospital is the longest standing TPR Hospital in Maryland.  We’ve been paid on this system since the early 1980’s.  This work has led to GCMH having the lowest 30 day readmission rate in the state, which is currently below 6%, versus the state average of 12%,” explained Mark Boucot, GCMH President and CEO.   “The people of Garrett County may not realize it, but this work could essentially become a basis for the rest of the nation when considering the implementation of a population based health reimbursement system.”

Maryland TPR Collaborative formed in 2010 out of 10 hospitals involved in the Maryland Total Patient Revenue Project. The Maryland Total Patient Revenue Project uses a fixed revenue system to encourage hospitals to decrease hospitalizations. The participating hospitals are the sole providers in communities in the western mountain region and coastal parts of the state. The collaborative’s purpose is to reshape the participating hospitals’ approach to health care, learn from each other’s challenges and successes, share best practices and data and improve care as a group, despite demographic diversity.  Tracy Lipscomb, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at GCMH remarked, “I have been honored to work with such a talented group of CEO’s and CFO’s as part of this TPR Collaborative.”

These 10 hospitals focus on providing greater access to primary care, which keeps patients out of the hospital, and improving quality. Some of the successful strategies implemented by TPR Collaborative Maryland hospitals include:

·         Creating partnerships with physicians, pharmacists and community groups;

·         Supporting the primary care physician practices;

·         Creating primary care medical homes;

·         Developing high-risk clinics like GCMH’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Unit;

·         Partnering with independent urgent care centers and increasing collaboration with

            Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s);

·         Expanding and supporting Home Health and community resources;

·         Focusing on appropriateness of admissions;

·         Improving and changing discharge procedures and follow-up; and,

·         Increasing health and wellness activities on a regional basis.

Umbdenstock recognized the TPR Collaborative in Maryland for their efforts to reducing costs, increasing access to primary care and sharing best practices in a way that all hospital can learn from.  An important element of the Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award is that a hospital must be recognized as a leader and nominated by others in the health care field.

Participating hospitals in the collaborative are Calvert Memorial Hospital, Carroll Hospital Center, Chester River Hospital Center, Garrett County Memorial Hospital, The McCready Foundation, Meritus Medical Center, Shore Health System, Union Hospital and Western Maryland Health System.

The American Hospital Association is the national advocate for its members, nearly 5,000 hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 43,000 individuals.  For more information visit the website at www.aha.org.

GC Awarded TAACCCT Grant

 Garrett College, as a partner in a consortium with 13 other Maryland community colleges, led by Montgomery College, has been awarded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant for $448,959, over four years. A total of 14 community colleges in Maryland will benefit from the $14,957,899 in funding to support job-driven training programs. The funding is part of the TAACCCT competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. Maryland is a national center of cybersecurity with over 130,000 IT jobs–49% above the national average–yet many workers find these careers difficult to enter.

The grant will support the Cyber Technology Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM) project which is directed toward significantly increasing the number of pathways leading to employment in cybersecurity or closely related fields, where this is a critical shortage of workers.

The TAACCCT grant will enable Garrett College to expand existing AAS degree programs and offer new training programs. “The new certification programs offered in Continuing Education and Workforce Development will enable students to earn various industry recognized credentials or certifications. The training will be designed to meet the needs of students new to Cyber Technology as well as enhance employability for individuals who have already earned an AAS or BS degree,” says Carol Mowbray Brooks, Director of Workforce Development and Adult Education. “The Health Information Technology training program will expand job opportunities for individuals wishing to enter the Allied Health field or expand their knowledge and employability.”

With support from grant funding, Garrett College will provide a continuum of training (both noncredit and credit) ranging from basic skills through coursework leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity. Health Information Technology will be a new certificate program. The college will also upgrade and expand its PearsonVue testing center to facilitate certification testing for CPAM project participants, and work with local business partners to provide job shadowing, internship, and possible employment opportunities.

The grant also provides funding to support curriculum development, student recruitment and advising, and faculty/instructor professional development, acquisition of equipment and supplies, and project management and administration. The grant will also cover costs associated with hiring the temporary (contractual) personnel needed to carry out the CPAM project. These include a program coordinator, a part-time instructor, and a testing center administrator.

Recycle Christmas Trees at Garrett County Landfill

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling would like to invite Garrett County residents to participate in Christmas tree recycling at the Garrett County landfill location during the months of January and February.

Trees will be accepted for recycling during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the landfill location at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, Maryland.

Christmas tree recycling is available to Garrett County resident’s FREE-of-CHARGE.  A residential disposal permit is not required to participate in this program or any other recycling program in Garrett County.

Christmas trees may also be recycled at home by placing cut branches and needles under trees and shrubs as a temporary winter mulch -- or by chopping them up and adding them to your compost pile.

Remove all tinsel, garland and ornaments before recycling Christmas trees at home or at the landfill location.

Please remember that a refuse sticker is not required to recycle at any of the refuse & recycling sites, including the landfill. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 301 387 0322 or email kmadigan@garrettcounty.org.