9/20

Governor Larry Hogan To Be Grand Marshal of Garrett County Maryland’s 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Parade

 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will be the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 15. Governor Hogan will be featured in the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust, which begins at 1 pm in Oakland on October 15th. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the sponsor the 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival.

Governor Larry Hogan was inaugurated as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. He is only the second Republican governor in Maryland in nearly 50 years, and the first Maryland governor from Anne Arundel County to be elected in over 100 years.

For more than 25 years, Governor Hogan worked in the private sector as a successful Maryland business owner. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to bring responsible spending, tax relief, and long-term financial stability to struggling Maryland families and businesses.

Governor Hogan’s commitment to restoring Maryland’s economy and creating jobs is proving successful. Since January 2015, Maryland has seen over 70,000 new jobs created, and Governor Hogan’s administration has cut tolls at every single facility across the state for the first time in over 50 years, reduced or eliminated 255 different fees all across state government, and returned $200 million in refund checks to overtaxed Marylanders.

In addition to Governor Hogan’s economic agenda, he has made record investments in both education and transportation, and enacted the most important environmental initiative in a generation to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, runs from October 12 – 16 in Garrett County, Maryland. The festival includes a kick-off reception at Wisp Resort, two large parades, concerts, Oktoberfest celebration, the Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships, Fall Foliage Driving Tours, art exhibits, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, antique and craft shows and much more. For a full listing of Autumn Glory events, log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival. 

In 2013, the Travel Channel listed Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival and our two Fall Foliage Driving Tours as one of the top ten best Fall Foliage Road Trips in America. Autumn Glory also landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of our annual Autumn Glory Festival. In 2015, Good Housekeeping listed Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage.

For more details about the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival  or call 888.387.5237 or 301.387.4386.

“Black Tie & Tails” Gala Benefits HART for Animals

HART for Animals, along with Honorary Chairs, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan and Mrs. Patricia Kirwan, will be hosting “Black Tie & Tails” gala, to benefit the HART Adoption Wing. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Lodge at Wisp Resort.  The gala will feature a sit-down dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds from the gala will provide funds to keep once-homeless pets in a safe place while waiting for their forever homes.

“Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and the generosity of hundreds of volunteers, government agencies, and our supporters, we opened the HART Adoption Wing to the public in April of this year,” says Mercedes Pellet, Development Director. “This fundraising gala will be instrumental in raising much-need money for the work we do at the Adoption Wing, which has already found homes for 120 animals. We are very excited to have Brit and Patty as our honorary chairs!”

Brit and Patty Kirwan have been helping HART for Animals for many years. Their support of Garrett County and their love for animals is recognized on the HART building: the “Patricia H. Kirwan Center.” The special bond with animals led Patty to become an active supporter of the HART Animal Center. Brit Kirwan, who recently retired as the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Patty have owned a home in Garrett County since 1994, which has become a family retreat for their two children and five grandchildren.

The “Black Tie & Tails” planning committee is going all-out for this first-time gala. “Thanks to the generosity and creativity of Leigh Clarke’s team at Farmhouse Fete, and HART volunteer, Meg Collins, the décor of the evening is going to be amazing,” says Paula Yudelevit, Executive Director. “We are so fortunate to have these two planning the evening’s atmosphere!”  

Bill Grant, past president of First United Bank and Trust, heads the fundraising and sponsorship committee, and Debbie Beitzel, Realtor for Taylor Made Real Estate is heading the silent auction committee.

“I would like to extend a very special thank you to our sponsors to-date, the Squires Group, John and Susan Pucciano, Wisp Resort, Farmhouse Fete, Taylor Made, Nicole Christian, Steve and Amy Bortz, Sandy Bello, and Railey Real Estate and Rentals,” says Kelli Palamar, President of the HART Executive Committee.

HART’s charitable programs are: animal rescue, adoption and sheltering, low-cost, and no-cost spay/neutering, veterinary care, and behavior modification. The monthly cost to HART for 40 plus cats and dogs awaiting adoption is $20,000. The adoption fees cover only a portion of the veterinary care. It is through donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraising opportunities that HART can keep the Adoption Wing operating.

Tickets to the “Black Tie & Tails” gala are available online at www.hartforanimals.org, at the HART Animal Center, or by phone at 301.387.7729.

For more information on a sponsorship opportunity to help support the gala and HART, please call or email Paula Yudelevit, at 301.387.7729 or paula@hartforanimals.org .

For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org or become part of the HART for Animals community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HARTforAnimals.

DEEP CREEK KNITTERS DONATE

The Deep Creek Knitters, a local group of crafters, have committed to knitting hats, mittens and throw blankets for chemotherapy patients at the WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center.  “In addition to the hats, mittens and blankets that warm our patients receiving chemotherapy, which are given to patients to keep, the club has also raised more than $400 towards the Cancer Institute expansion project,” explained Steve Bortz, vice president of the GRMC Foundation.

Kendra Thayer, RN, vice president of patient care services at the Garrett Regional Medical Center explained, “Patients receiving cancer treatments and chemotherapy often get chilled or cold easier due to multiple reasons related to these treatments. Many patients experience weight loss and loss of body fat which makes them chill faster. There are also changes in circulation and the types of cells that help with temperature regulation. The hats and quilts that are provided really help these patients maintain their warmth and comfort during treatment.”

Christy Thomas and Bethany Beeghly of Traders Landing host the Deep Creek Knitters every Thursday morning from 7:00 am – 10:00 am at the Traders Coffee Shop. The knitters also meeting on Monday afternoons at 4:00 pm at Aces in the Run. The group invites others to join then any time for “a lot of laughing and a little knitting.”

Participants Needed for Readers Theatre at OTT

The Ruth Enlow Library and Our Town Theatre are partnering to present a Readers’ Theater using a script adaptation of this year’s One Maryland One Book selection – All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Readers are needed for this event, which is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Teens or adults interested in participating should email Michael Virts at jvirts@hotmail.com by October 8, as the theater needs to schedule rehearsals.

One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state.

This year’s OMOB selection tells “the powerful and relatable story of two high-schoolers brought together by injustice,” notes Maryland Humanities. “What would you do if you witnessed something you never would have believed? And how do you know you’re doing the right thing?” More information about the book and the program, as well as author tours, is available at www.mdhumanities.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book.

Our Town Theatre is funded in part by grants from the GCAC and the MSAC.

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.

Blind Adventurer, Lonnie Bedwell, to Present at Garrett College

Sightless Lonnie Bedwell, military veteran, extreme sport athlete, and motivational speaker, will return to Garrett County for a second year, as he makes his presentation Overcoming Adversity from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, in the Garrett College Auditorium in McHenry. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Garrett College’s Adventuresports Institute and the Garrett County Counselors’ Association

Blinded by a hunting accident in 1997, Bedwell raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them to hunt and fish and, yes against all odds, to drive. His mission is to motivate and inspire others to embrace life with confidence and courage, he accomplishes this by the way he lives his life and sharing his story with others. Dedicated to helping veterans and many others enjoy full lives, he notes blindness does not define him or hinder his efforts on behalf of others. 

Chosen as one of ten National Geographic 2015 Adventurers of the Year, Bedwell has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world and is best known for having completed the first blind descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, summited several of North America’s highest mountains, is an accomplished rock climber and an avid downhill skier. He meets these challenges in his free time away from his full-time profession – as a roofer.

Bedwell has appeared on The Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show, and has been featured in countless publications. He is the author of the award-winning book 226 (the length in miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon) and shares his passion for life and adventure with audiences around the country. For more information about his appearance at Garrett College, contact the Adventuresports Institute at 301-387-3333 or avs@garrettcollege.edu.

9/14

County Announces Emergency Medical Services Plan

 

As with many volunteer organizations, it’s becoming more difficult for our rescue squads to recruit and retain personnel to meet the demands of a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or paramedic.

In 2015 the county’s emergency medical services responded to 3,917 calls for service, a 16% increase over 2014 calls (3,284).

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners is committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical services available and has authorized the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management to implement a plan for the County to provide emergency medical services to supplement the volunteer rescue squads.

Garrett County Emergency Services has begun operations as Company 11, Medic 951 and Chase 11 and will be dispatched for all calls within the McHenry first due service area and provide back-up to the entire County. The operations will be housed, on a temporary basis, at the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company.

History of Emergency Medical Services in Garrett County

In 2006, the Garrett County Emergency Services SWOT Task Force (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) in conjunction with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) reviewed the emergency medical services system in the county. This report, and a follow-up study completed in April 2015 made several recommendations, including:

1. Consider consolidation of stations

2. First and Second due crews in station at all times

3. Consolidation of ALS into a single county system – all under the County.

4. Since 2008 Garrett County has provided paid, career Emergency Medical Technicians/Advance Life Support Technicians to supplement coverage at both Northern and Southern Garrett Rescue Squads.

 

In 2008, the County began providing paid EMS personnel to the volunteer rescue squads to supplement their volunteer staff. The original agreement was to provide one (1) paid EMT/Paramedic from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The squad was responsible for manning the ambulance at all other times.

Since then the program has evolved to include coverage when the rescue squads are unable to fill a particular shift. This means the County provided some level of emergency services coverage seven (7) days a week, twenty-four (24) hours a day.

Even with the increase in County staffing, we still experienced problems providing adequate volunteer coverage at the volunteer rescue squads and delays in providing adequate emergency medical services.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners approved a county-wide approach to emergency medical services. The intent of the plan is to supplement volunteer staffing while encouraging continued volunteer support and to ensure citizens and visitors to the county continue to receive the best emergency care possible.

Garrett County Emergency Services Company 11 will be staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by county career emergency services personnel. The staff will operate an ambulance and chase vehicle out of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department and provide first due coverage to the McHenry service area as well as back-up to the rest of the County.

The County will continue to provide county career emergency medical personnel to Northern and Southern Rescue Squads.

Budgetary Considerations

Staffing: In FY 2015 Garrett County Emergency Services had 16 emergency services personnel, ten full-time and six part-time providers. In order to provide the additional coverage, the Department recently hired twelve additional emergency services providers; five full-time and seven part-time personnel.

During the FY 2017 budget process the Public Safety/Emergency Services budget was increase by $876,901 to $1,517,854 as the County began working to develop a comprehensive plan to provide adequate emergency medical coverage for the entire County.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce named recipient of communication excellence award
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is one of only 36 chambers of commerce to receive ACE honors in 2016

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has received an Award of Excellence in an annual communications and marketing competition presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce received the Award of Excellence for its website, www.visitdeepcreek.com.

The Awards for Communication Excellence program is an annual competition that recognizes unique communications and marketing work produced by chambers of commerce in the United States and beyond. A panel of chamber executives and communications and marketing professionals evaluated entries, which were categorized by class – based on the chamber’s annual budget – and entry type. Submissions were accepted in four categories: advertising and marketing, campaigns, electronic, and publications. Judges awarded nine Grand Awards in 2016 and just 36 Awards of Excellence. Two Best in Show winners were announced at ACCE’s annual convention in Savannah, Ga. on August 10.

“A chamber communicates not only to its business community, but also to the entire town, city or region it serves,” says Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives President and CEO Mick Fleming. “These annual awards recognize the varied communication excellence of chambers going about their work coordinating efforts that benefit their communities.”

“I am very proud of our team for receiving this national award for our website,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “It’s wonderful to see their hard work, vision and ingenuity recognized by our peers and marketing professionals. The visitdeepcreek.com website receives more than half a million unique visitors annually and that is all due to our team building and maintaining a fabulous tool for our audience.”

9/12

New Germany to Host Hunter Education Workshop

New Germany State Park will be hosting a Maryland Hunter Education Field Day Workshop on Oct. 11This class is for first-time hunters obtaining their hunter certification. All students must be at least 13 years old and must complete the Maryland Hunter Education Course Register-ed.com prior to attending the workshop. After completing the online course, students must pre-register for the workshop online. The workshop is free of charge and will take place at the Lake House from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students must bring their internet voucher and photo identification with them. Additional workshops will be offered on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.  Those with questions about the workshops are encouraged to email Donald.Simmons@Maryland.gov.

Abigail Feathers, MD Wins Award

Abigail T. Feathers, MD, a local physician, was awarded the Endosee SpotLight Award by CooperSurgical for demonstrating innovation and the use of best practices as evidenced in a case submission.  Dr. Feathers case submission has been added to an Endosee Case Study Library and featured on www.endosee.com and www.coopersurgical.com.  Award winning cases featured on the Library are judged to be of great clinical interest, diagnostically challenging and of strong educational value and can be available to other medical professionals, from which to learn.

A board-certified medical/surgical  gynecologist, Dr. Feathers practices at the Specialty Physicians of Garrett County located at 880 Memorial Drive, Lower Level in Oakland. The Specialty Physicians of Garrett County is an affiliate of Garrett Regional Medical Center. “I was so pleased to hear that Abigail Feathers has received this award and has been recognized for her surgical skills,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president & CEO.  “Dr. Feathers has been a great addition to the medical community.”

Prior to relocation to Garrett County, Dr. Abigail Feathers worked at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, fulfilling a military commitment to the Air Force. During her residency, Dr. Feathers was recognized with multiple Academic Excellence Awards, and received the Outstanding Chief Resident in Gynecologic Oncology Award.

“I am happy to have received the Endosee SpotLight Award. As physicians, we always try hard to do the best for our patients, even when our efforts are not being measured, so it’s great when a particular case is honored.  However, the biggest reward of all is in knowing that we deliver the best quality care possible to all of our patients,” said Abigail Feathers, MD.

Patients may call Dr. Abigail Feathers’ office at 301-334-1177.

‘Estate Planning: The Importance of Wills and Trusts’ Scheduled in Oakland

Estate Planning: The Importance of Wills and Trusts, will be held at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland on September 26 and October 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. An estate plan provides the legal mechanism for disposing of property upon death in a way that recognizes one’s wishes and the needs of survivors, while minimizing taxes. For many, it can mean planning for the handling of affairs in case of disability, and the personal medical choices to be made as life nears its end.

An estate plan provides the legal mechanism for disposing of property upon death in a way that recognizes one’s wishes and the needs of survivors, while minimizing taxes. For many, it can means planning for the handling of affairs in case of disability, and the personal medical choices to be made as life nears its end. This two-part course will address the common questions regarding wills and trusts. Part one will provide an overview on some of the more noticeable legal and financial issues associated with growing old. Included in the discussion will be trust basics with a definition of terms and its variations. Some other topics will include preserving and managing assets for a safe and secure retirement, staying in and protecting the home, long-term care insurance, medical assistance and paying for nursing home care. There will also be discussion of the legal documents all seniors should have such as a will, power of attorney and advanced medical directives. This portion of the course is being instructed by Grantsville native Brandon James Hoover. He is an attorney in the Law Office of Donald S. Goldbloom and an assistant professor at Allegany College of Maryland. Part two will focus on wills and probate. The class will focus on such issues as:  what is a will and what does it do?, what does it take to draft a will?, how do I choose an executor and what percentage of my assets do they take as a commission?, what is the probate process and is it necessary for my estate? Rita Watson, Register of Wills for Garrett County, will be instructing this portion of the course.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival  Photo Contest

Garrett County, Maryland -- Get your camera ready this fall! The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival with a special photo contest that invites all amateur, professional and student photographers to submit photos of Garrett County, Maryland’s natural landscape focusing on an autumn theme featuring fall foliage/colors.  One contest winner will have their photo published as the cover of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival brochure. The photographer will be recognized at the Chamber’s 2017 Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 11, 2017 with two complimentary tickets.

Photo entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 31, 2017 to be considered. Entries postmarked after this time will be returned. After judging, winners will be announced on the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce website, www.visitdeepcreek.com by May 31, 2017.

·         All pictures must be original photographs and must have been taken within the past two years.

·         Previously published photos or parts thereof, are not eligible.

·         Digital photos must be high resolution, minimum 300dpi (print quality).

·         Photos must be a vertical shot to be able to convert to a canvas size & cover of the Autumn Glory guide.

·         Photos may be submitted via email to jen@garrettchamber.com or via USB (thumb drive) or CD/DVD to Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541.

There is a limit to 10 photos submitted per photographer.

Please include the following information along with your submission:

·         First & Last Name of photographer

·         Contact Phone Number

·         Email Address

·         Address of photographer

·         Location of where photo was taken and approximate date

The photo will be selected based on the quality, composition, content, originality, uniqueness, creativity, mass appeal, and reproductive quality. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Photographers release the rights to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to utilize their photograph for use with advertising/marketing (print or online media) with photograph credit if possible. Photography credit may not be possible in all advertising/marketing platforms.

Garrett County Chamber Offers Fall 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion

 Just in time for Fall visitors traveling to Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering a 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion on their website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion runs from October 18, 2016 – December 15, 2016, non-holidays. The promotion is for 3 nights at the price of 2 plus discounted activities.

Nine lodging companies – ranging from rental home properties and B&Bs to cabins, a slopeside hotel and log-cabin-style hotel suites – are participating in the promotion. And activity offers include discounted wine and beer tastings and discounted amusement center activities.

“The 3-2-1 Promotion is a terrific way to save on your Autumn trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”

The 3-2-1 Promotion includes lodging offers from Blue Moon Rising on Deep Creek Lake, Cabin on Farm View, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek Rental, Ski Cove #3, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, The Lodges at Sunset Village and Wisp Resort Hotel and Conference Center and activity offers from A Touch of Class Limousines and Fun Unlimited. 

Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington DC and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, and a 45 minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD. Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and the Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere.

To view all of the 3-2-1 offers or more information about Garrett County, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.

Purchase Tickets for the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception Until October 7, 2016

 

Tickets for the 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, are now available. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the sponsor of the 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival.

 

Along with the annual announcement of this year’s Golden Ambassador, the reception on October 12th  at Wisp Resort in McHenry, includes the coronation of the Autumn Glory King and Queen and recognizes the festival sponsors. Clear Mountain Bank is the official sponsor of the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception. DJ Gel Entertainment will provide the evening’s entertainment, sponsored by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and Premier Power. 

 

“This prestigious event provides an elegant, yet lively atmosphere to kick-off the Autumn Glory festivities,” said Nicole Christian, President of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “We invite you to help us celebrate our 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.”

 

Each attendee to the Kick-Off Reception receives a 49th Annual Autumn Glory Commemorative Postcard, Magnet and a collectible Autumn Glory pin, which entitles the holder to priority seating on the bleachers near the reviewing stand for the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 15th.

The evening kicks off with a 6 pm social hour featuring complimentary beer & wine and a cash bar available. The sit-down dinner begins at 7 pm, with the program following at 8 pm, followed by dancing with music provided by DJ GEl Entertainment. Dinner will have assigned seating. Reserve your seats or tables early for preferred seating, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Admission to the event is $195 per couple, $100 per individual and $800 table of eight when purchased by October 3rd. After October 3rd, the admission cost is $115 per individual, $210 per couple and $920 per table of 8. Reservations are required. No walk-ins.

The reservation deadline for the reception is October 7, 2016. To purchase tickets, buy online at visitdeepcreek.com or please call 301.387.6171.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival which runs from October 12 - 16 in Garrett County, Maryland with a kick-off reception at Wisp Resort, two large parades, Fall Foliage Driving Tours, concerts, Oktoberfest celebration, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle band Championships, art exhibits, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, antique and craft shows and much more. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the sponsor the 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival,

9/1

GRMC OPENS NEW FAMILY CENTERED MATERNITY SUITE

Obstetrical physicians at Garrett Regional Medical Center all joined together to cut the ribbon for the New Maternity Suite and unveiled the new Herbert H. and Dorothy B. Leighton Family Centered Maternity Suite.  The new unit is named in honor of Dr. Herbert H. Leighton’s long-term tenure as a physician at the Hospital, primarily in the area of maternity and delivery services.

“This unit will be such a blessing to the families of Garrett County and surrounding areas for years to come. We are so thankful for everyone who helped make it possible to continue to provide quality, passionate care to families,” said Sotiere Savopoulos, MD, Chief of Obstetrical Services at Garrett Regional Medical Center.

The second floor of Garrett Regional Medical Center was full of community, family, friends, colleagues and staff who gathered for the event to recognize Herbert H. Leighton, MD and celebrate the opening of the new unit with him.  Herbert Leighton, MD was the only delivering physician at the Hospital for many of his early years in practice. Throughout his career at Garrett Regional Medical Center he delivered a record total of 6,510 babies.  On behalf of the Leighton family, Barbara Leighton, MD said, “My family is very happy that my parents are receiving this well deserved honor.”

The new unit houses five LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) rooms, an exam room and four private patient rooms.  The unit is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and patient centered accommodations.  The large, hotel-like rooms are all designed with efficiency and patient and family comfort in mind.

Senator George Edwards said, “Garrett Regional Medical Center is a great facility. One that continues to grow and improve services to meet the health needs of the Garrett County region.  I am proud of what the medical center has available and provides in the local community.  People here deserve quality care, state of the art care, and we’re pleased that they do have access to it, right here at home.”

Also on hand for the celebration were many individual donors who helped to make the new unit possible. Among those were volunteers from the Hospital’s Loar Auxiliary who contributed a total of $30,000 to fund new rockers and infant cribs for the all the rooms.  Named giving donors are recognized with plaques in the areas of funding to include: Clear Mountain Bank; Donald & Elizabeth Morin; Timothy Sines & daughter Myla; and Daryl & Dorothy Walters in the birthing rooms;  James & Shirley Bailey in the nursery; GCC Technologies in the exam room; and Laurel R. Grant in the Family Centered Maternity Suite waiting room.

 “I’m proud to work at a hospital that really cares about people and their families. We have the opportunity to provide the same great care in this beautiful new unit, with larger, more patient friendly rooms, allowing us to serve our patients better,” said Charlene Bennett, RN, director of obstetrics and the Family Centered Maternity Suite.

Mark Boucot, president & CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center concluded by saying, “We are pleased with the new Family Centered Maternity Suite.  We want to ensure that all of our new moms and babies have a positive birthing experience at Garrett Regional Medical Center.  We are honored to be a part of these blessed events in the lives of our patients,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president & CEO.

Civilian Conservation Corps Veteran to Visit New Germany

New Germany State Park will host an informal meet and greet with Walter Atwood, a distinguished veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), on Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Atwood, 93, served in the Corps in Basin, Wyoming, in 1940, and later served as president of the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni and chairman of the board of the Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy.  

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a program developed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to create jobs and help restore the nation’s struggling resources during the Great Depression. The program provided jobs for over 3 million Americans ages 17 to 25, who lived and worked in camps supervised by the U.S. Army. Although the program only lasted from 1933 to 1942, the Corps is credited with developing 800 state parks, building 3,980 structures, blazing 13,100 miles of trails, and planting between 2 and 3 billion trees.  

Mr. Atwood will be staying in one of the cabins built by the Corps during his visit to New Germany. He will be available to answer questions about his experience as a "CCC boy" at the New Germany Lake House from 6:30-7:30 p.m

School of Rock to be offered at Garrett College 

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a course, School of Rock, at the main campus in McHenry. The course is slated for Fridays, September 16 - November 18 from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Love rock 'n roll and pop music? Play electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and/or drum set and want to collaborate with others in a group? If the answer to either of these questions are yes, then, the school of rock class is for you. This course focuses on learning popular music in a rock band setting. Students will need to have some experience (either formal training or self-taught) on their instrument of choice and will need to provide their own instruments. Topics include: history of rock, instrumentation, and song literature. Students will work toward presenting a concert at the end of the semester. This course is for those who are 10-17 years of age.

The course is being instructed by Dr. Sean Beachy. He earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University. He has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. In addition to teaching both credit and non-credit courses at Garrett College, Beachy is a freelance composer and collaborative pianist. He is a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where he plays for the Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as students for recitals. He has recently been appointed adjunct instructor of composition at FSU and will begin teaching composition lessons this spring. He is also the church organist, A/V coordinator, and webmaster at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the above course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Hand Drumming to be offered at Garrett College

Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College will be offering Hand Drumming at the main campus in McHenry. The course is slated for Thursdays, September 15 - November 17 from 7 p.m. until 8 pm.

Hand drumming has been known to be quite therapeutic and relaxing. This course will focus on the fundamentals of rhythm, including tempo, note values, and meter. Students will learn a variety of hand drumming techniques and rhythms found in cultures throughout the world. Students are required to provide their own hand drums. Although the djembe is one of the most common hand drums, students may also use a tubano, doumbek, or ashiko drum. The class is appropriate for ages 10 and up.   

The course is being instructed by Dr. Sean Beachy. He earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University. Beachy has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. In addition to teaching both credit and non-credit courses at Garrett College, he is also a freelance composer and collaborative pianist. He is a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where he plays for the Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as students for recitals. Beachy has recently been appointed adjunct instructor of composition at FSU and will begin teaching composition lessons this spring. He is also the church organist, A/V coordinator, and webmaster at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

8/25

49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Set For October 12 – 16, 2016

Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Maryland celebrates the 49th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 12 – 16, 2016 in Garrett County, Maryland. The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

Known for scenic Deep Creek Lake and Maryland’s only ski resort, Wisp Resort, Garrett County is also home to the annual Autumn Glory Festival, a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.

Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s 2016 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. The first tour is a scenic route which includes Fort Alice Walking Trail, Noonan and Noonan, LLC, Historic Mountain Lake Park (Ticket Office), Broadford Lake Park, Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub and Maryland Scenic Byways. The Extended Fall Foliage Heritage Tour includes Historic National Road, Casselman Inn, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Mt. Aetna Trail, Barn Quilts and Maryland Scenic Byways. Head to visitdeepcreek.com or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 12 at Wisp Resort in McHenry.  

Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.

The Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships, Friday at 7 p.m., features banjo and mandolin contestants of all ages competing for top honors.

Saturday, October 15, offers musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage, on Second Street near the Post Office and on the Box Car at the train station. The Grand Feature Parade begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, bands, and plenty of sidewalk vendors increase the festival atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the Maryland State Fiddle Championship at 7 p.m.

Antique and Craft shows continue Sunday, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Race & Festival on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands Sundae eating contest at Lakeside Creamery.

In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of our annual Autumn Glory Festival. The travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2014 and, in 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage. In 2013, the Travel Channel listed Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival and our two Fall Foliage Driving Tours as one of the top ten best Fall Foliage Road Trips in America. Autumn Glory also landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. In 2015, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. For more information about the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please go to http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area to offer FY2017 Mini-Grant Program

 The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications!  The mini-grant program is a matching grant up to $2,000.00 designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects must seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations.  Applications are due September 19, 2016 by 4:00pm.  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.garrettheritage.com. Take advantage of this funding opportunity!  Contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com  or 301-387-5238 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria.

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

Ruth Enlow Library Hosts Lecture on George Marshall and His Leadership Model

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture about George Marshall and his leadership model, presented by Dr. Gerald Pops, professor emeritus of public administration at West Virginia University, where he taught from 1974 to 2010.  The lecture is scheduled for Monday, September 12, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Library and is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

Dr. Pops, who is the author of Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times: Modeling the Public Career of George C. Marshall, will cover Marshall’s achievements, attributes, leadership style, and historical connections in his lecture at Oakland. “He was the major military leader during World War II,” notes Dr. Pops, “the glue that held the entire operation together, and the designer of the famous Marshall Plan – the economic recovery plan for Europe. President Harry Truman referred to him as ‘the greatest American of the age.’”

Marshall “was one of the most decorated military leaders in American history,” notes History.com. “A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he was a World War I staff officer and later became assistant commandant at the U.S. Infantry School. Named chief of staff when World War II began in 1939, Marshall was responsible for exponentially increasing the size of the U.S. Army, and he helped devise Operation Overlord in 1944. After the war, he came out of retirement to serve as President Harry Truman’s secretary of state . . .  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.”

“In Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times, Dr. Pops draws on the career of Marshall as a case study, focusing on his style of effective, ethical leadership to answer questions such as what is leadership and what makes leadership good or bad,” notes a library spokesperson.

Dr. Pops attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in pre-medicine. He received his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in public administration from Syracuse University.  He served as an Air Force judge advocate and a legislative analyst with the California legislature, taught political science at Northern Arizona University before joining the faculty at West Virginia University, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1993 and 2001. His writings and teachings extend beyond Marshall and ethical leadership to labor relations, administrative justice and ethics, and, more recently, writing plays and stories with his daughters and granddaughters. 

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

Beyond the String: Watercolor Basics with Mary Kay Barnes - Zentangle to be offered in Grantsville

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a class, Beyond the String: Watercolor Basics with Mary Kay Barnes – Zentangle®, at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville on Wednesdays, September 7 to 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In this course, students will explore the properties of transparent watercolor paints and compositional design for paintings, watercolor sketching and use with the Zentangle® method of drawing. Techniques, such as wet on wet, dry brush and washes will be explained and demonstrated. Values and composition will be discussed and defined. Physical properties and composition of watercolor papers and how this determines a paintings outcome will be demonstrated. All the basics of watercolor media will be highlighted and explained; paint, paper, brushes, plein air painting and studio painting. Supplies for this course will be provided. No previous experience is required in Zenangle® or watercolor.

The course is being instructed by Certified Zentangle® teacher, Mary Kay Barnes, a lifetime signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, a juried member of Tamarack for her watercolor notecards, copper enamel jewelry and the gallery. She paints and exhibits in Florida and West Virginia and specializes in plein air painting.

For more information persons may contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Pet Emergency Preparedness and Pet First Aid & CPR for Small and Large Pets Scheduled in Accident

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course, Pet Emergency Preparedness and Pet First Aid & CPR for Small and Large Pets, at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident. The class will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.

Pets enrich many of our lives in more ways than we can count, and are members of the family. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. The best way to ensure the safety of your entire family is to be prepared with a disaster plan, have knowledge of what to do in case of minor and major inquiries, and have the knowledge in dog and/or cat CPR. Being prepared can help save lives.

This course is taught by Debbie Daniels, Garrett County resident, who is a Certified Pet First Aid and CPR responder. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for a year, and currently is the owner of her own business in Garrett County called Your Happy Tails LLC.

This class is for handlers only - no pets. For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or email at terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Pickleball Fall Schedule Announced

Pickleball enthusiasts combine efforts with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College to offer instruction and playing time of this rapidly growing sport. Pickleball is played at the Oakland Community Center Gymnasium (old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Class will not be held September 5 due to the holiday. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  For playing times at the CARC, persons may contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com.

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. Equipment, techniques, and rules of the games will be discussed while participants experience a new way to work out and meet new people. Tennis shoes are required but all other equipment will be included.

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

8/17

Grow West MD Proposes to Locate Facility in Garrett County

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (Commission) announced the initial fifteen (15) firms to be fully vetted for consideration to receive a growing and/or processing license for Medical Cannabis in Maryland.  One of the fifteen grow facilities, Grow West MD, proposes to locate their facility in Garrett County.

“We’ve been working with a number of perspective applicants.  One of them now may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Alex McCoy, Director of the Garrett County Department of Economic Development.  “The firm that’s moving forward had approached us about locating on 15 acres within Keyser’s Ridge Business Park.  They really liked how close it was to Interstate 68,” McCoy said. 

Grow West MD, LLC co-owner Alison Valois said, “We have a lot of work to do and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Garrett County community.” 

“Our goal is to provide the best and safest product available to those in need of alternative medical treatments and to cultivate strong community relations with outreach programs and support for local patients," said Valois. 

In a press release announcing the selected companies, the Commission’s Executive Director, Patrick Jameson stated, “Now that the Commissioners have made their selections, the real work begins for these companies. We will implement a rigorous Stage Two background and financial due diligence process for these entities prior to issuing a license.  A pre-approval is not a license. I truly look forward to facilitating this nascent state wide industry and working with local, city, and county jurisdictions and with the principals of these organizations.” The Commissioners will vote for licensure once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.  The Commission received 145 grower applications, 124 processor applications and 811 dispensary license applications. 

Now that preliminary licenses have been awarded, Grow West MD, LLC is working to meet all requirements needed for licensing approval.  

About Grow West MD

Grow West MD is a family-owned organization. Their goal is to grow and sell high-quality, safe, and consistent medical cannabis to patients across Western Maryland. Investment opportunities are available. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the company directly. 

 

8/10

PET/CT Scanning Available at GRMC

Garrett Regional Medical Center, in association with West Virginia University Medicine (WVU) is now scheduling patients for PET/CT services. PET/CT scan is a combination of two noninvasive imaging tests, positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT); and is used to diagnose illness, evaluate patient response to treatment and to look for a recurrence of several medical conditions, including cancer.

PET/CT services are widely used with cancer patients as the procedure can help determine the size and location of the cancer, whether the disease is spreading, what the best form of treatment is and how the treatment is working. The testing can also show if there has been a recurrence of cancer.

“With the opening of the WVU Cancer Institute earlier this year, it was evident that having PET/CT services available locally is important; having to travel out of town for the testing creates a host of problems for our patients who already have compromised health due to their particular illness,” said Mark Boucot. “Providing patient centered care is a priority and providing the needed services locally is a part of that process. We’re proud to offer a PET/CT imaging option close to home.”

For scheduling PET/CT services, patients should call 866-245-5995. In addition to newly offered PET/CT services, Garrett Regional Medical Center offers a full suite of radiologic imaging services including CT, X-ray, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

      One Maryland One Book Events Scheduled for Adults and Teens

The Ruth Enlow Library is pleased to participate in this year’s One Maryland One Book project – a program designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature and participating in related events. Several programs are planned around this year’s selected book – All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Two adult book discussions will take place, one at the Accident Library on Thursday, September 8, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and another at the Oakland Library on Monday, October 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Also, two teen book clubs are discussing the OMOB selection on Wednesday, September 7 – the Accident Teen Book Club at 5:30 p.m., and the Oakland Young Adult Book Club at 6 p.m. In addition, the library is partnering with Our Town Theatre to present a Readers’ Theater using a script adaptation of the book, which is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available at the Accident and Oakland libraries for participants. Registration is required for the book discussions by contacting Crystal at the Accident Library (301-746-8792 or crystal@relib.net), Bonnie at the Oakland Library for the adult discussion (301-334-3996, x117 or bonnie@relib.net), or Susanne Kight for the teen discussion ((301-334-3996, x101 or skight@relib.net). Teens or adults interested in participating in the Readers’ Theater should email Michael Virts at jvirts@hotmail.com.

Krista McKenzie, Instructional and Reference Librarian at Garrett College will facilitate the adult discussions at both Accident and Oakland. A former children’s specialist and branch manager for the Ruth Enlow Library, McKenzie earned her Bachelor of Science in English, Philosophy, and Secondary Education from Frostburg State University in 2001. Several years later, she achieved her Master’s in Education and an MBA from FSU, and in 2010, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. A member of the American Library Association and the Maryland Library Association, McKenzie has presented at the local, state, and national levels and is a board member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

This year’s OMOB selection tells “the powerful and relatable story of two high-schoolers brought together by injustice,” notes Maryland Humanities. “What would you do if you witnessed something you never would have believed? And how do you know you’re doing the right thing?”

A Booklist starred review of All American Boys reads “Two teenage boys, one black (Rashad) and one white (Quinn), are inextricably linked when Quinn witnesses Rashad being savagely beaten with little or no provocation by a policeman who has served as Quinn’s de facto big brother since his father was killed in Afghanistan—and whose younger brother is one of Quinn’s best friends. Can Quinn simply walk away from this apparent atrocity and pretend he hasn’t seen what he has seen? And what of Rashad? Hospitalized with internal bleeding, all he wants is to be left alone so he can focus on his art. The challenge for both boys becomes more intense when the case becomes a cause célèbre dividing first their school and then the entire community. The basketball team becomes a microcosm of split loyalties and angry disputes that come to a head when a protest march powerfully demonstrates the importance of action in the face of injustice. With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely writing Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables.”

Jason Reynolds earned a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, before moving to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a career in writing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book award for Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), and As Brave as You.

Brendan Kiely received his MFA from the City College of New York. He is the author, with Jason Reynolds, of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book All American Boys. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, has been published in ten languages, was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, and was a Kirkus Reviews selection for the Best of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state. More information about the program and author tours is available at www.mdhumanities.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book.

Our Town Theatre is funded in part by grants from the GCAC and the MSAC.

Additional support for this program is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

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 .

Mark Boucot, President and CEO of GRMC appointed to state and national hospital associations’ boards.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is pleased to announce the addition of its newest member to their Board of Directors: Mark Boucot, Garrett Regional Medical Center.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents and is made up of rural community members and organizations. Membership is comprised of local health departments, community and regional hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, and community members in rural areas throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state, and with a population of over 1.6 million they differ greatly from the urban areas in the state.

“The Maryland Rural Health Association is excited to add Mark Boucot to the leadership team as he adds the depth and breadth of his background and experiences that will help move the organization forward towards its mission,” stated Lori Werrell, Board Chair.

In addition to this, Mr. Boucot has also been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Regional Policy Board for region 3, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.  The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in1898, AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. The role of the AHA policy board is to foster communication between the AHA, its members and state hospital associations. The Regional Policy Boards provide input on public policy issues considered by the Board of Trustees of the AHA, serve as policy development committees when appropriate, and identify needs unique to a region and assist in developing healthcare programs to meet those needs. Mr. Boucot said he is pleased to be assuming a leadership role at AHA during such a critical time. Boucot stated, “The AHA has shaped health policy to promote access to care, enhance quality and maintained focus on patient-centered care. The healthcare industry is changing really fast and being part of the policy board is a great opportunity to represent the needs of the patients we serve.”

Mark Boucot, MBA, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center and has been with the organization since December of 2013. Mr. Boucot’ s leadership has facilitated the new clinical affiliation with West Virginia University Health System to bring additional specialty services, most notably Cancer Care, and the Heart and Vascular Institute to the region. Mark Boucot holds the Fellow Certification with the American College of Healthcare Executives, is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and is a Certified Master Personal Fitness Trainer. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Cabrini College; and a Masters of Business Administration from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Applications Due September 9

 Applications from organizations wanting to participate in the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade are due to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, September 9, 2016. Float and band applications to be in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade are available at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival. The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

Participants can be drill teams – police/military, drill teams – majorette/twirling, drum and bugle corps, marching musical units and stationary musical units. Professional, commercial or amateur floats are also welcome. Vehicle access passes to the parade route will once again be issued to parade participants.

The annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, October 15 at 1 pm in downtown Oakland. This year's parade is, once again, sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust.

“The annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade not only offers businesses the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the county, but it also gives local companies a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure in the community,” said Nicole Christian, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We invite you to participate in this wonderful celebration of Autumn.”

Those who did not receive an application in the mail can download the application online at visitdeepcreek.com. Completed applications may be faxed to 301.334.8073, e-mailed to sarah@garrettchamber.com or mailed/delivered to the Chamber office, located at the 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541, Visitors Center in McHenry by 5 pm on Friday, September 9. Applications that come in late, and are accepted, will be added to the end of the parade lineup.

In 2015, Good Housekeeping listed Oakland as one of 50 Small Towns Across America With The Most Beautiful Fall Foliage. Also in 2015, USA Today featured Grantsville and the Autumn Glory Festival as part of their 50 state road trip: Scenic Drives around the USA. In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival. Travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 - 2014.

If you need an application emailed or mailed to you, please contact Sarah Duck at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.8746 or email sarah@garrettchamber.com.

Delaney Announces New Access to Maryland Television News for Garrett County Residents

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announced that Comcast Cable subscribers in Garrett County will now have access to Maryland-based news programming.

Currently, local news broadcasts from Baltimore are available on Xfinity On Demand to Garrett County Comcast Cable subscribers. To date, WBAL (NBC), WJZ (CBS) and WMAR (ABC) have agreed to distribute their local news programming, via Xfinity On Demand. Additionally, Comcast has offered to promote the online availability of these newscasts through the broadcasters’ websites and apps to customers in Garrett County. The new service comes after Congressman Delaney, Maryland State Senator George Edwards and other local elected officials, along with community members, met and consulted with Comcast to offer this news programming to Garrett County residents.

Garrett County is designated as part of the Pittsburgh, PA television market by the Nielsen Company and the FCC, therefore did not receive Baltimore programming.

“Maryland residents deserve access to Maryland news, whether they live in Garrett County or on the Eastern Shore,” said Congressman Delaney. “Garrett County residents have excellent newspaper and radio news but for too long television has been a missing piece. On Demand access to Maryland television news is an important first step. I’d like to thank Comcast for working with local stations in Baltimore to deliver Maryland-based news programming to Garrett County residents.  When Senator Edwards and I brought this issue to their attention on behalf of our constituents, they came to the table and partnered with us on a solution.”  

“Comcast is proud to have the technology and capacity in place to enable a creative solution for those Garrett County customers who want to view local Baltimore news programming on their televisions via Xfinity On Demand,” said Christine Whitaker, senior vice president of the Comcast Keystone Region.

“I would like to thank Congressman Delaney for his efforts to get this important first step in place and to the numerous residents of Garrett County who helped with this effort. This is a first step in the process and we need to keep working on this issue to get more access to Maryland Television for all of Garrett County,” said Senator George Edwards (District 1).